: Outsmarting New Jersey Deer on Your Thanksgiving Treks

Outsmarting New Jersey Deer on Your Thanksgiving Treks

If you’re travelling this Thanksgiving weekend, be safe.  Remember here in New Jersey, like everywhere, deer are on the move!  So I’ve found some driving tips for avoiding a collision with a deer.  I also threw in a little information about Jersey deer.
 

Be aware of your surroundings, especially around dusk and dawn.  Jersey deer are either going out to the club (dusk) or returning home from the club (dawn).
 

Animal Warning (SXC Kriss Szkurlatowski)  Drive at a safe speed, especially in areas with deer warning signs. These signs are strategically placed in areas known to be frequented by wildlife.  And New Jersey deer are smart, they don’t want to deal with NJ State Police either, especially on a jaywalking complaint.

New York (sxc)If you do come across a deer, firmly apply your brakes.  Do not to slam on them or swerve into another lane. While deer collisions are extremely dangerous, drivers losing control of their car to avoid them can be just as deadly.  And again these are Jersey deer, they’ll think it’s a game.

Don’t depend on those ultra-sonic whistles.  Studies have shown them to be largely ineffective at minimizing accidents and Jersey deer say those whistles at 80mph on the Garden State Parkway make for a catchy tune!

Should you see a deer getting ready to cross the road or one that is already in the middle of it, loudly honk your vehicle’s horn. This scares most deer and they’ll quickly make their way back into the woods.  Though I don’t think it works on Jersey deer…they’re tough and they’ve got attitude!
 

Safe Driving & Happy Thanksgiving from the Jersey Shore!
deer in Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Deer in Little Egg Harbor, NJ
 
 
 
  

     
Comment balloon 21 commentsLaura Giannotta • November 23 2010 07:18PM

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Hi Laura....thank you for the tips concerning deer.  I actually saw one this morning as I drove to the office.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) about 8 years ago

There were plenty of dead deer on the highways on my way to the East coast. Be careful out there.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) about 8 years ago

Careful is right!!!

Cute post, and a little bit of sarcasm in there???    I heard that you should slam on your brakes, then let up just before impact - so your hood and bumper come back up ....   otherwise the deer goes right over your lowered hood and into your windshield - perhaps killing you!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Is Harry here on the East Coast???  Whaat?

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Yes, those poor deer can surely create havoc.  Robin and hubby were traveling on the interstate at dusk from visiting a daughter.  Out of no where they were slammed by a hapless deer.  Quite a bit of damage to the truck but fortunately they are fine.  They were able to get the truck the rest of the way home but Mike will have to do without it for awhile while it's in the truck hospital.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) about 8 years ago

I have one of those signs next to my driveway entrance...there are plenty of deer in my neighborhood.  We have to be very careful early in the morning and at dusk.  It's not just on the main roadways that you need to be careful.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 8 years ago

Laura...Great tips.  I honk my horn and flash my light rapidly.  Even if the deer is not on the road, the honking and flashing will get the deer to realize that the lights mean danger.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 8 years ago

Judith - It's that time of year!  Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Harry - I'm just glad we don't have Jersey elk and moose! LOL

Dagny - Thanks...yes tongue firmly planted in cheek!

Sue - At least it was just the truck!  

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Morning Laura, reminds me of what they say in Maine about moose...if you see what looks like a picket fence in the road...be stopping QUICK...the picket fence is moose legs in the headlights..

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) about 8 years ago

I still imagine that some day one of the antlered creatures that sometimes frequent our backyard will find their way to the rec room by charging the patio doors....good reason not to clean the patio door windows...all the best for the holiday !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 8 years ago

Got a lot of those deer in the road here in Kentucky too!

At 80 MPH, you're outrunning your sonic whistle anyway.  They won't hear it until you hit them.

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Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) about 8 years ago

Heading to Bridgewater tommorrow for Thanksgiving , I'll try and dodge them !!! *L*

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 8 years ago

Is Harry here???

Sharon - They built the Parkway surrounded by woods...and at 80 mph...YIKES!

William - On our busy roads and with crazy NJ drivers, honking and flashing might get you some interesting had signals from other drivers!

Rene - I'd hate to have to deal with something that size!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Sally & David - I love your reasoning..Have a happy!

Erby - Never thought about that!

Michael - Have a safe trip...I'll be right up the mountain in Basking Ridge right on the Warren Twp border!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

There are so many deer that I use them as directionals when giving clients directions to my open house. " yea make a left at the third deer. The one with one antler slightly larger than the other."

Posted by Jeremy Gryvatz (RealWorks Residential Brokerage) about 8 years ago

That's very funny Jeremy!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the chuckle!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Laura,

It IS exhausting driving around the Garden State when the deer are frisky. Great tips for keeping us sale!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 8 years ago

THIS IS A GREAT!

Jeremy - I am cracking up at that post right now.  Unfortunately, I have already clipped two deer this season.  Nothing to major, but you really have to be careful during their mating season.  

 

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Posted by Michael Woszczak about 8 years ago

Irene - Deer are kind of frisky.  I read yesterday that a deer tried to join a 5K Thanksgiving Day race in north Jersey and knocked a young girl over!  Both deer and girl were OK!  LOL

Michael - They're everywhere!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Laura - "I read yesterday that a deer tried to join a 5K Thanksgiving Day race in north Jersey and knocked a young girl over!  Both deer and girl were OK!"  - OMG!!!

Posted by Mark Woodward, We bring the flooring store to your door (Floor Coverings International) about 8 years ago

You know what they say about those Jersey deers...:)

Posted by Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven (Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ) about 8 years ago

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