Sometimes, hitting a deer just can’t be helped. Of course, the best way to try and avoid becoming a “hitting a deer” statistic is to be vigilant. Just like you practice defensive driving for other drivers, you can, too, for deer.
Stay vigilant in high deer-risk areas, especially during these months. Deer tend to be most active around dawn and ducks, so be extra aware then. And, at night, use your high beams when possible, since the light illuminates their eyes in the dark. Keep an eye out for deer crossing signs. Even in areas without those signs, be on the lookout around forests and farmland.
They are also herd animals, so if you see one, there’s probably more. Look around for groups if you see just one deer. Drive slowly and carefully and brake if you can, allowing a crossing herd to cross. Blowing your horn can scare them away, too.