Navigating Bell Township’s Rural Roads: Safety Tips During Deer Migration Season


As the leaves change in Bell Township and the air turns crisp, the natural beauty of our area is undeniable. However, with the beauty comes a seasonal challenge for drivers: deer migration. Just last evening, while driving near a local cornfield, I witnessed a graceful doe dart across the road, reminding me of the importance of being vigilant during this time.

Deer Migration Season in Bell Township:

In Bell Township, deer are most active from October to December. This period coincides with their mating season, or rut, when deer, especially bucks, are on the move, often crossing roads and highways. Their heightened activity around dawn and dusk, combined with shorter days, can lead to increased encounters with vehicles.

Safety Tips for Drivers:

  1. Stay Alert: Keep your eyes on the road, scanning for any movement along the roadside. Deer can be unpredictable, and your alertness could be the key to preventing an accident.
  2. Reduce Speed in Known Deer Areas: If you’re driving through areas where deer are commonly seen, slow down and be prepared to stop. These areas often have deer crossing signs posted.
  3. Use High Beams When Appropriate: At night, use your high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles. The brighter light can illuminate the eyes of deer near the roadway, giving you more time to react.
  4. Look for Multiple Deer: Deer often travel in groups. If you see one cross the road, slow down and look for others that may follow.
  5. Drive with Caution at Dawn and Dusk: These are the times when deer are most active. Be extra vigilant during these hours.

In Case of a Collision:

If you do collide with a deer, try to move your vehicle to a safe place. Turn on your hazard lights and call the local authorities. It’s important to report the incident and wait for assistance. After addressing immediate safety concerns, contact your insurance company to report any vehicle damage.


Driving in Bell Township during the deer migration season requires extra caution. By following these safety tips, we can all contribute to making our roads safer for both drivers and wildlife.