Tuesday marked the first day of hunting season, which is traditionally a bad day for area deer.  It was also dangerous for Mid-Michigan drivers.

Opening day of the state's firearm hunting season is the year's second worst day for car deer crashes.  This is based on crash reports in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties dating back to 2006.

Nov. 6 takes the crown for most crashes, thanks to an unusually high number of collisions in 2006 and 2009.

We do have some good news, the total number of car deer crashes in the tri-county area has dropped steadily since 2006, from 4,200 to about 3,100 in 2015, a decrease of 26%.  Here's more from the Lansing State Journal.