The fall season is upon us bringing deer hunting season and an increase of deer populating the roadways. The Christian County Sheriff's Department has reminders for those who will be on the roads and up in deer stands during the upcoming months. Chief Deputy Jim Baker of the Christian County Sheriffs Department says that in a report from the last 45 days, 25 deer-related accidents have been reported.
The Christian County Sheriff's Department is also working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on cases concerning injured deer on the side of the road, deer processing when a citizen wants to take the deer from the roadway, and trespassing complications during the hunting season.
Chief Deputy Jim Baker has tips for driving while the deer are active during this season.
It is not abnormal for someone In an accident involving a deer to want to take that animal home for the freezer. Chief Deputy Baker states that these deer must be registered with the IDNR. This is another situation where a call to the Christian County Sheriff's Department will help sort out the details.
Regarding the hunting season, Chief Deputy Baker says firearm hunting season begins this weekend and to expect an uptick in wooded hunting grounds and private properties. Chief Deputy Baker says that in the past, disputes over trespassing have been common.
The Christian County Sheriff's Department reminds those going out solo to hunt to have their phone location turned on and even shared with a family member or friend to help in the case of an emergency.
If a citizen is looking to keep a deer that has been hit on the roadway call 217-782-6431. The Christian County Sheriff's Department will be available during the busy deer hunting season for issues that could relate to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Chief Deputy Jim Baker appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.