My wife and I were out for an afternoon ride to the high country here in Arizona to do some day hiking today on my '00 r1150gs, when a mule deer interrupted our plans. We were riding south on Lake Mary road, nearing Happy Jack. Rounding out of a long elevated sweeper with an equally long guard rail around 60mph, I spotted a group of 6-7 deer off below us off right as we neared the end of the turn. I never saw the one in the shadows a bit further down hiding at the end of the guard rail. Luckily, I did not hit him as much as he hit me from the side, in the right front, starting with my fog lights. He bent one fog light back (adjustable), put a dent in the fuel tank (not 'too' big, adds character), and collided with mine and wife's knees. How he missed the cans strapped on the back is beyond me, or they are deer impact proof (this is my suspicion). Upon later review of my gopro, I can just barely make him out in the shadows as he begins to charge across the road, I do not remember seeing him at any time, only feeling the impact. After the impact, the bike took a slight list to the left but quickly righted itself. As I slowed down, Steph assured me she was okay, and we headed back around to see what had happened. The deer did not fare so well, and we procured a salvage game tag when the Sheriff came. I called some family and they came up to assist with this. Next deer I see, I'm grabbing all the brake I can until I'm good and clear of them. I'm not a fast rider, and I pay attention to the road. It was scary how invisible he was, broad daylight, with minimal shadows. I won't make this mistake twice, falling for the decoy group. We got incredibly lucky this afternoon. We both know this. Had he started his charge half a second sooner I would have t-boned him, and this would almost certainly have had a different outcome. We both wear gear, and after this we're going out and investing in better gear. Ride safe folks, things move fast out there.