Is South Dakota one of the worst states for deer collisions in the country? The numbers say yes.

A recent study by showed which states are the worst for animal collisions, including deer.

So, where does the Mount Rushmore State rank? Surprisingly, the risk is higher than you might think. In fact, it's in the top five in the U.S.

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In the state of South Dakota, residents are at high risk of hitting a deer, or any other type of wildlife for that matter. South Dakotans have a 1 in 53 chance of hitting a deer, putting the state at number 4 on the list out of the 50 states.

Just how bad is that? According to, it's so bad that drivers in South Dakota should always carry comprehensive insurance.

Here's a look at some of South Dakota's neighbors and where they rank on the list:

  • Iowa came in at number 5 with a 1 in 58 chance of striking a deer
  • Wyoming is at number 6 with a 1 in 64 chance
  • Minnesota is at number 10 with a 1 in 64 chance
  • North Dakota is number 16 with a 1 in 73 chance

So, which state is the worst in the nation? That would be the mountain state of West Virginia.

And just for fun, what state are you least likely to hit a deer in? No surprise here, it's Hawaii. In the Aloha State, you have just a 1 in 649 chance of hitting a deer.

For a full look at the entire list, check out the article from here.

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The 6 Types of South Dakota Drivers You Deal With Every Winter

Every year it snows in Sioux Falls. We may live in denial during the spring and summer, but it happens.

When the snow falls on the Falls, life in the city does not stop. We all still have to go to work, school, and the liquor I mean go get snacks.

When you tackle the snowy routes around town you tend to run across six types of drivers in the snow.

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