Is Deer Hunting Effective at Reducing Deer-Related Car Accidents?

  • Michael Vieceli


With over a million deer-related car accidents in the U.S. each year, it is disputed whether deer hunting effectively reduces deerrelated car accidents or exacerbates them. The disparity between the evidence presented from both sides of the issue can be better understood by using county data instead of statewide data to reveal the possibility that the areas with the most deer-related car accidents do not experience much hunting. The results of this research support the argument that deer hunting is effective at reducing deer-related car accidents and may be of interest to communities that experience many deer-related car accidents.

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