Close call-Deer

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Wreckman, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I nose wheelied and crossed up a 650 V-strom as a really BIG buck sprinted full chat across my bow,I was going about 60 and had my fingers on the ft brake before it happened.

    One of the biggest bucks Ive seen and he was stretched out sprinting hard.
    Filled my whole field of vision and was gone.

    The guy right behind me said it was quite a sight seeing the strom doing a crossed up nose wheelie at speed,it happened and was over so quick It felt like a dream.

    I go slower during deer hours,AM and dusk.
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  2. Snapper

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  3. ragtoplvr

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    No incidents, I did see several in the woods, and did get on the brakes just in case. But no cases.

    I did have one walk out in front of me on my bicycle. The look on their face as I yell at them 5 feet away is great. Again, no harm to me or the deer. Although it did seem that the deer just jumped at random, so I think I will announce my presence from a greater distance. Right now deer poop is full of persimmon seeds, and there is a LOT on the roads.

    Rod
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  4. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    Saturday I got an encore performance.

    Just rolling along minding my own business and as I approached, this buck came across the fence on the left, crossed the gravel road and joined another deer across the fence on the right. They then took off running along the fence line in the direction I was headed.

    The fence then changed to a line of trees with fence and I couldn't see them any longer. But I'm onto their tricks and kept an eye peeled for them. :deal

    Sure enough here comes the same buck, from the right this time. Only as he tried to get over the fence he got tangled in the brush and landed on his knees and belly in the gravel road ahead of me :rofl, then quickly scrambled on over the fence on the left.

    Kinda makes you wonder how evolution allows these animals to survive.

    Deer thought process,

    "Hmm, here comes a threat. I'm gonna avoid risk by jumping a fence, running in front of the threat, then, I'll jump another fence and run along with the threat. Then, I'm gonna jump in front of it again crossing two fences so I can go back to the field where I started."

    "Yep, that ought to reduce my exposure to danger."

    "Hold my deer and watch this." :1drink
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  5. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    Haw! That's a whitetailed deer, hyperactive little boogers. Our muleys will stand there chewing a cud while we ride by. The young sometimes get jumpy but generally I guess they're much calmer animals. You do not want to hit an elk of any age....:deal
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  6. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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  7. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Evolution was probably keeping them in small numbers. But then we came into the picture. And we worked on a couple of relatives of the deer to make them even more stupider and slower than the deer: the milk and the beef cows. So the wolves and other natural hunters, including ourselves, started paying attention to those fenced, easier and meatier prays. And the deer population started to grow. Then we stepped in once again and made it even worse by getting rid of the wolves to keep our fenced cows only to ourselves. Now we need to hunt more deer. Or ride more.:huh
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  8. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

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    I know why people say this but it just is not true. Does and young-uns are usually in packs but bucks most often travel alone. At this time of year, young deer are often alone as well when momma goes into heat and beds down with a buck. During the rut (peak is right now in the mid-Atlantic region), groups are often scattered for hours at a time and while they will come together again, there is an increased likelihood of encountering a stray single.

    I know that it is easy to give advice that errs on the side of caution and that is why people make statements like this. It is better to assume they are not alone but it is not a factual statement to indicate that they are incapable of traveling alone.
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  9. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    A buddy had a close call recently- very close, I guess, cuz afterwards there was fur on his exhaust. Must'a been one of those super slo mo incidents, by the way he described it...
    He definitely got lucky.
    I told him, all that clean livin just paid off! :lol3
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  10. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Been here awhile

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    Did my part this morning

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  11. VTphoneman

    VTphoneman Been here awhile

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    Nice. :clap

    I've been out trying to do my part but alas only girls in my woods right now.
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  12. IgnatiusJ

    IgnatiusJ Adventurer

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    I wrote a vent about the furry dopes a few weeks back ( link below) I call them suburban rats. I've had a few close calls but my fiancée moved out of the city to live with me, first week, BAM! One of the big eyed freaks pulls its kamikaze act right into the side of the car, she gets home and calls her mother "the suburbs are trying to kill me!"

    My deer vent is here
    http://thatshimofficer.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/they-should-all-be-gloves/

    I truly hate em!
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  13. Mark38

    Mark38 Been here awhile

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    I split a pair on the interste two weeks ago. It was dark and I was in the right lane at about 75 mph. I saw the first and broke hard left just as I noticed the second. My bag grazed the right one and my shoulder grazed the one on the left. I had to pull over and empty my undies after that because that would have hurt a lot.

    Funny thing this was about the same spot I tagged one in 2010.
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  14. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    I'm surprised, I've never had a close call with a deer

    but one nite on a familiar twisty road that was empty of traffic, I decided to ramp the pace up a bit, in a tight righthander, I have my butt off the seat and stretching my knee and far as my arthritic body would allow, I notice in my peripheral vision downward, the white line at the edge of the road is wobbling about as the tail of a skunk swished beneath my overhanging body
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  15. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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