RAPID CITY, S.D. -

The odds of encountering a deer while driving in South Dakota rise dramatically in late November when the deer mating season is in full force.
    
State department of highway safety director Lee Axdahl says the state averages about 4,600 reported wild animal hits each year, with an average of two fatalities and 82 injuries each year.
    
State Farm Insurance data show South Dakota ranks fifth among states for car-deer collisions, with motorists facing a 1-in-70 chance of hitting a deer anytime they're on the road.
    
John Kanta, regional wildlife manager with the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, says bucks are aggressively seeking mating partners in the fall and are looking for a place to have their fawns in the spring. Hunting season also causes deer to be on the move.