‘Tis the season for the deer rut in Pennsylvania. And that means good hunting for archery enthusiasts. It’s a time when bucks let their wary guards down in search of a doe (antlerless deer) in heat. It’s also the time when vehicles hit many deer as they flee a pursuing buck, or, an antlerless deer looking for greener pastures. These collisions cause considerable vehicle damage that the owner and their insurance carriers dislike.
But the Keystone State is not alone with this problem. In fact, for the sixth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to run into a deer according to the Outdoor Hub electronic newsletter.
Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer, calculates the chances of a West Virginia motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months is 1 in 40, compared with 1 in 48 the year before.
South Dakota moved from third to second on the list. The likelihood of a licensed driver in that state hitting a deer within the next year is 1 in 68. Iowa (1 in 71.9) dropped from second to third while Michigan (1 in 72.4) came in a close fourth, jumping one position from fifth. Our own Pennsylvania (1 in 76) drops one spot to fifth.
In each of the top five states, the rate of deer-related collisions per driver went up from a year ago. The only state where deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely to happen is in Hawaii (1 in 6,801). The odds of a driver in Hawaii colliding with a deer between now and 12 months from now are approximately equal to the odds that any one person will be struck by lightning during his or her lifetime, reports the Outdoor Hub.
FREE APP FOR HUNTING WEATHER
Mossy Oak camo has partnered with ScoutLook weather to bring big game hunters a free Smartphone app for hunting.
The map-based weather, solunar and ScentConeTM wind tool, helps hunters decide where, when and how to hunt. And it’s now available at no cost. It is geocoded and you can save your favorite stand or hunting spot locations for quick reference anytime.
The Mossy Oak Hunting Weather app is map-based to bring you weather details including radar, wind activity, solunar times, lunar phase and hourly barometric changes.
ScentConeTM and SetZoneTm wind tools are the first of their kind, delivering visually mapped wind speed and direction for your treestands and duck blinds, hourly for 72 hours.
To download or view the app visit www.scoutlookweather.com/mossyoak. Your free account can be found at www.scoutlookweather.com. It’s offered for iPhone and Android based phones. Download the app, create a free private account at the Login screen, and you’re in business.
NASP IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM
A few columns back we featured a story on the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). It’s an archery-shooting program aimed at youngsters who aren’t into ball sports. And even if they are, they too can participate.
The Northern Lebanon School District in mid-state, recently received an equipment kit that contained 12 bows (10 right handed and two left handed), 10 dozen arrows, five targets and more supplies to instruct archery as part of their physical ed curriculum. Thanks for this goes to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Keystone Gun Club who made contributions for the gear.
The kit was purchased using a $1,500 grant from the PGC and an additional $1,562 from Keystone GC.
Timothy Biever, Northern Lebanon high school health and phys-ed teacher and department chairman, said he plans to introduce archery into his curriculum toward the end of the school year in 2013, and will offer an opportunity for all 780 students in grades nine through 12 to participate.
Started in Kentucky in 2002, NASP has spread throughout the U.S. and now reaches around the world. More than 10 million students have completed NASP lessons in 9,000 schools throughout 47 states, Washington D.C., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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