What's it like to hit a Deer?

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  1. Hennepinboy

    Hennepinboy Adventure Eater

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    One of my employees installed deer whistles on his car, on his first drive with the whistles installed he hit a deer at highway speed.
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  2. MrBob

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    When I had them on my truck, I swore that sometimes they attracted deer. I lived in the country near Victoria, MN and I swore that those bastards were as thick as ants in the surrounding woods.
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  3. Bueller

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    I won’t argue whether or not the deer can hear the whistle. If they do hear it, I won’t even argue whether or not it startled them and makes them run.

    But which way are they running?
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  4. small_e_900

    small_e_900 Amanda carried it

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    Maybe you installed them backward?



















    :-)
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  5. MrBob

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  6. mwoods

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    Same thing happened to my daughter when we first started letting her drive to high school. She's just driving at about 40 mph down a somewhat rural road, and BANG. Big doe ran square into the passenger door. Dented the passenger door of the Accord badly enough that it wouldn't open without scraping the front fender. Scared the crap out of her. As you can imagine, she's super vigilant about deer now.
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  7. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I've come pretty close on the moto. Almost hit a moose a couple years ago in the cage. They just come out of nowhere. But get a roadkill permit and the meat is yours. You can't keep the antlers,(if it had any).
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  8. FPGT72

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    They do nothing.
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  9. MrBob

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    Trouble is, no amount vigilance prepares you for a deer running at you from a blind spot. I was riding my Concours out of Steamboat Springs early one chilly morning. I couldn't see the deer running down the mountainside until he leaped in the air and landed on the highway in front of me. I thought: if the bastards are falling out of the sky, we're completely fucked.
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  10. Moose Dog

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    Here in Michigan, I see deer almost every morning on my 32 mile drive into work @ 4:00 am, I very diligent about keeping an eye out for them when the back of my mind I know it's just a matter of time before I have a deer strike. Even though my 2018 Outback has the collision avoidance cameras, still won't stop hitting a deer running at full steam into the side of the car.
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  11. mwoods

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    Absolutely agree. There was nothing she could have done to avoid this incident. But, being extra aware can help in other cases.
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  12. RoundTrip

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    I hunt deer with my motorcycle. It's kind of a one shot deal though...

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  13. zdc1775

    zdc1775 Been here awhile

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    This is what 45 mph vs a 140 lb deer looks like in a Subaru Forester. Bastard came running out from behind a privacy fence just off the left side of the first photo at 0400 while we were on the way to the airport. I saw him about the time he hit the paved portion of the shoulder and had just enough time to tense up and hit the brakes before impact. Threw the bastard about 75 feet past the front of the car and broke all four of his legs but he still tried to wonder off. Luckily it was in front of the small local police station so the officer on duty came out and put him out of his misery.

    Because the airbags deployed it did over $16,000 in damages and totaled the car.

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  14. MrBob

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    The accident is the first stage, and then begins the aftermath. I have pretty good coverage but because of the holiday, finding a rental is difficult. I finally found a Hertz Grand Caravan on the other side of town and it looks like I have a 30.00 Uber trip to pick it up. Geico didn't commit to reimbursing me for the ride share but said - "we'll review it". Geico has generally been easy to deal with. I have access to my van at the body shop and I've been unloading stuff that I need right now from it that I can carry on my Strom.
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  16. brgsprint

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    My wife hit a deer with a new Ford Explorer. NO damage. She asked a trooper for a permit to take the dead deer. He had a hard time believing it was her that hit it. She found hair on a front wheel and got the permit. We ate the deer.

    A couple of years later, I killed a deer with the same car. The only damage was a crooked headlight. I took it to a collision shop where the guy gave me a part number to order from Ford and do it myself. It wasn't worth his time. The only damage was a plastic headlight bracket. $80 and 20 minutes.

    Two deer. Venison in the freezer. $80.
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  17. Renottse

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    Yep, got that T shirt. 35 mph leaving Minden CA, three trucks in front off me, never saw it, buddy behind me said it jumped a deer fence caught its front legs then tumbled down the embankment (50-60 degree slope). He said it was like watching a physics question ... object A is traveling at ...

    Didn’t go down, Scotty at Sierra BMW had me up and running 2 weeks later for my trip to Dawson YT.

    oh, deer photo, I was traveling the opposite direction when we got together

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  18. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    All these stories of deer running into the SIDE of a car, reinforces my view that all the lights in the world mounted on a bike generally aren't going to help. Most deer are never seen until too late to react....and they run into you....not vice versa. If anything, more lights give you a false sense of security. 'If I can see them standing in the road, I can stop'. Well.....they don't stand in the road.
    More light is good.....but not THE answer.
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  19. RocksteR

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    Deer strikes in the Northeast U.S. (and perhaps elsewhere) are highest in November, and especially during gun season, which started Nov. 21st everywhere south or west of the Adirondacks, and runs for three weeks. During gun hunting season, deer will even more frequently run across highways and roads to escape gunfire. Be especially careful near or in state lands, and dawn/sunrise and at dusk.
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  20. spokester

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    Hit a deer at night on my Norton Commando café racer with a girl on the back. All I had time to do was grab the front brake (DLS drum). Killed the deer and the Commando. Broke wrist and got 48 stiches in my face. Girl got skinned up, EMS took the deer meat. Luckily medical was cheaper in the early '80s. Still see deer everyday, dozens live right here in my neighborhood.
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