Deer rutting season starts in the middle of October and runs into early December. Deer behavior changes as bucks chase does hoping to mate. Rut season is the peak time for car deer collisions in New Jersey. Driving in the early morning hours can be especially risky. Over the past 10 years I've hit a deer twice on the way into work. Over the last 40 years of driving I've had for collisions with deer. Even a partial collision can cause thousands of dollars in damage. It does seem like they literally come out of nowhere. What I think actually happens is slight dips in the road prevent drivers from seeing a deer until its too late. This seems to have been the case in the accidents I've had involving deer. The best way to prevent accidents this time of year is to drive a little slower than usual, pay extra close attention to the sides of the road and use your high beams. Just make sure you turn them off when a car is coming in the other direction. All of my deer hits happened at night but that doesn't mean a frisky deer won't suddenly dart out in front of you in the daytime. If you click on the link below from NJ.COM you can see more tips for avoiding a collision with a deer.