|PENNDOT CAUTIONS MOTORISTS AND HUNTERS|
Archery Season In Pennsylvania Opens
Saturday September 30
Indiana, PA (September 29) - As the leaves slowly start their annual change of colors and the temperatures start to chill the autumn air, area hunters will begin to migrate into the woodlands in search of the elusive whitetail deer.
PennDOT would like to remind motorists that during this time of year both people and animals are on the move and to please plan your travels accordingly.
• Be on the alert for hunters entering the woods early in the morning and leaving in the late evening hours.
• Slow down and use caution where deer have been known to cross.
• If you are hunting, please make sure your vehicle is pulled completely off the roadway.
• If you are walking along the roadway, please wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or a glow stick that motorists can see.
• Watch for hunters and their vehicles parked along the roadways.
• If you notice a deer crossing the roadway be prepared for more to follow. Deer mainly travel in small herds.
• Allow for increased following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
• Try to limit your travels during the deer-rutting season (late October - November). Morning and late evening hours are the most active for wildlife.
• Be sure to make your young drivers aware of the increased deer movement.
• Pre-drill with your family of the importance of keeping the vehicle centered in your lane and the proper braking if a deer is in your path of travel.
• Always wear your seatbelt! It may save your life and will keep you behind the steering wheel and in control if you would ever need to execute an evasive maneuver.
• When hunting, please don't park along limited access highways such as sections of US 422 and Interstates 79 and 80 that are designed for higher speeds. Parking is not permitted along limited access highways except for emergency stopping. Parking may endanger you and the motorists using the highway.
• If you do accidentally hit a deer or see one that has been hit, please report it to PennDOT's 1-800-FIX-ROAD as soon as possible so that the carcass can be removed in a timely manner.