My guess is that the number of deer-vehicle incidents (not involving deaths) is also on the rise. If "urban sprawl" is the blame, then a case can be made for more urban archery.Report: Deaths from deer collisions on rise in Va.
By the Associated Press
October 30, 2008
RICHMOND, Va. - The number of people who die in vehicle crashes with deer and other animals in Virginia is rising.
A report by the Highway Loss Data Institute says four people died in such crashes last year compared to one such death in 1993.
In neighboring West Virginia, two people died in 1993 and two in 2007.
Nationally, the number has more than doubled over the past 15 years, according to the auto insurance-funded highway safety group.
It blames urban sprawl overlapping into deer habitat.
In Virginia, 41 people died in deer crashes during that 15-year period compared to 36 in West Virginia.
The study found that fall breeding season is a prime time when cars and animals collide. Insurance claims are three times higher in November than from January to September.
Looks like an issue that hunters can argue in their own towns that if they don't have an urban archery season, and hunting is the most effective means of controlling the herd, to open their town up for one next year.