I was never a marksman, but every fall my brother would skip a week of school and hunt deer with my dad in Southern Illinois. For Mike this usually meant a prize buck and a bad grade in Electronics class.
Hunting season is in fall because that’s when deer rut. Turns out common sense and testosterone are inversely related. (Who knew?) So fall is when they are most vulnerable to hunters.
They are also more vulnerable to cars. The feds estimate more than 1.5 million car-deer accidents per year, and State Farm puts the annual death toll at 150 – humans, that is. The deer do quite a bit worse.