Michigan deer are notorious for crossing the road at the most inconvenient times. You would think that after years of seeing their kin destroyed by fast-moving lights, Bambi's mom would start educating her fawns on the dangers associated with stepping onto paved surfaces.

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Until the deer educational system improves, we need to pick up the slack and keep an eye out for four-legged fender denters.

Michigan is 1 of 4 States You're Most Likely to Hit an Animal In the US

A young whitetail buck hops a fence onto a Michigan road

You read that right. There are other states where you are more likely to hit an animal than our fair state of Michigan. According to Stacker and State Farm, the Mitten ranks #4 in the United States with a 1 in 51 chance of hitting an animal.

A whitetail deer buck in velvet sits by the side of a Michigan road after being hit by a car.

Coming in at #3 was South Dakota also at 1 in 51, followed by Montana with a 1 in 44 chance of hitting an animal. Not sure if you've been through either state, but there are a lot of buffalo there. If you think hitting a deer is bad, imagine what one of those would do to your Civic.

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The dubious honor of most fur on the grill goes to none other than West Virginia. It seems that while traveling through this state you'll have a 1 in 35 chance of running into some type of creature who was never taught to look both ways before crossing the road.

Counting Down to Michigan's Most Deadly County For Car Deer Collisions

A whitetail buck eyes the road ahead in Michigan, the nations 4th state for car deer collisions.

Keeping an eye out for deer is a full-time job, especially at night in Michigan. Let's find out which counties your venison radar needs to be at its best.

Michigan Deer Season: Car v Deer, Which Kill More in Your County?

Between hunters and car-deer collisions, which one is responsible for thinning the herd more in your Michigan county? Using the Michigan Department of Natural Resources deer license sales from all seasons and crash data from MichiganTrafficCrashFacts.org, let's take a county-by-county look as we count down to the one with the most deer-involved crashes and compare that to the amount killed by hunters.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

The Countdown to Michigan's Best Counties for Whitetail Deer

Which Michigan county harvested the most deer last season? We used DNR deer license sales to determine how many does and bucks were taken (all seasons) in each of Michigan's 83 counties. Let's count down to Michigan's #1 County for Whitetail Deer.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

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