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Slow down; you're now entering deer mating season

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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) -

Jimmy Holt owns an auto body and paint in Olive Branch. When you talk about deer slamming into vehicles, he gets a little excited.

"I mean I am actually waiting on deer season - not to go hunting, but they are going to be out there and people are going to hit them," he said. "Maybe I'll get a job or two out of it."

In the month of November, your chances of slamming into a deer in north Mississippi skyrocket, because it's when deer enter what is called the rut - their mating season - and the bucks are chasing does.

In translation, bucks hitting Buicks and the like making big bucks for auto body shops.
 
"To be honest with you I don't wish no bad luck on anybody, but you know, it's part of my business," Holt said. "I'm ready to work on some, I promise."
 
Holt will tell you that 90-percent of his deer/car collision business comes off of the back roads during the rut when deer are mating. That's when a lot of the accidents happen - early in the morning or late in the evening.

"I have seen them total them out, just wipe the whole front end out; radiators, condensers, radiator supports, headlights, hoods, all the way back to the windshield," he said. "I've seen them come in the windshield before. "

Now don't think that Holt doesn't feel your pain. He kind of does. He's been there and done that. There was that time he hit a deer on the way home while on his motorcycle.
 
"Finally I'm right there on him and my headlight hits him in the head," Holt recalls his chance encounter with a buck. "His body spins around and hits me in the leg, breaks my leg in two places. Oh no, I feel the pain. I know, when deers are involved what can happen."

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