Here in North Devon and Exmoor, where the large red deer predominates, the most risky time for deer collisions is right now, continuing through until early Winter, the 2 main reasons are increased deer movements during the mating season and shorter daylight hours. The number of deer injured and killed in England in crashes with vehicles is estimated to be in excess of 60,000 per year. For our 3 largest species of deer in the UK-red deer,fallow and sika- the mating season commences in late September with the peak or "rut" occurring in October. mature stags will already be on the move on their way from areas they have spent the spring and summer months, often to move many miles into the main female ranges, crossing many roads in the process. During the rut itself, deer of both sexes are prone to rushing blindly across roads with only one thing on their minds!! one of the most important things for road users to remember is, when one deer crosses the road there is another one not far behind!! PLEASE BE "DEER AWARE" THIS AUTUMN.