OT- Deer hit (by Hoosier [IN]) Nov 14, 2020 9:45 AM|
OT- Deer hit (by NE [PA]) Nov 14, 2020 9:56 AM
OT- Deer hit (by WMH [NC]) Nov 14, 2020 10:18 AM
OT- Deer hit (by Allym [NJ]) Nov 14, 2020 10:56 AM
OT- Deer hit (by Gene [OH]) Nov 14, 2020 11:40 AM
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Nov 14, 2020 12:51 PM
OT- Deer hit (by NE [PA]) Nov 14, 2020 12:53 PM
OT- Deer hit (by 6x6 [TN]) Nov 14, 2020 1:49 PM
OT- Deer hit (by Allym [NJ]) Nov 14, 2020 7:17 PM
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Nov 14, 2020 8:10 PM
OT- Deer hit (by Small potatoes [NY]) Nov 15, 2020 12:42 AM
OT- Deer hit (by Mike45 [NV]) Nov 15, 2020 1:21 AM
OT- Deer hit (by NE [PA]) Nov 15, 2020 6:01 AM
OT- Deer hit (by Nellie [ME]) Nov 15, 2020 8:12 AM
OT- Deer hit (by Ken [NY]) Nov 15, 2020 8:30 AM
OT- Deer hit (by WMH [NC]) Nov 15, 2020 8:37 AM
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Nov 15, 2020 10:34 AM
OT- Deer hit (by J [FL]) Nov 15, 2020 12:04 PM
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Nov 15, 2020 1:51 PM
OT- Deer hit (by J [FL]) Nov 15, 2020 2:11 PM
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Nov 15, 2020 4:10 PM
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OT- Deer hit (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 9:45 AM
Wife and I were driving home yesterday from shopping in our Lexus. About 3 PM, we were on a state highway, 1 lane each direction, speed limit 55, going about that speed. Traffic was moderate. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, a large deer appears to my right, running at average speed (maybe 20 mph?). He (had a huge rack) was running directly across the street. He was about 60' ahead of me when I first saw him, and I saw him about 4' before he got onto the asphalt. I started applying the brakes firmly....maybe 75% pressure. It all happened so fast! He got to the other side of the road, and an oncoming Dodge Neon hit him square in the body. I don't think she braked at all. The next thing I know, pieces of her car (Mainly headlight cover lenses that had shattered) were 10' in the air going in all directions. The deer hit the hood after she broke all his legs, he slid up and hit the windshield, cracking it...and by that time I was focused on avoiding all the debris flying around...so I did not see what happened to him next. After we got through the debris field, I looked in my mirror and saw her car stopped...so I turned and drove back about 100 yards, jumped out of my car and started approaching her car. She rolled the window down before I got to her and as I was yelling asking if she was ok, she said "I'm ok, I'm ok....I've already called someone". I did not see an airbag deployed, but I didn't get all the way up to her and it could have already deflated and fell down(?)...she obviously did not want my help. I could see her face in outside mirror and I did not see any blood on her. I went back to our car and we left.
Had I been 1 second earlier to that spot, it may have been us that hit the deer. Whew....that was a close call. Glad she seemed to be unharmed...she appeared to be the only one in the car. I scanned the area for the deer but could not see it...there was lots of tall grass, brush, and other stuff that may have prevented me from seeing him.
Be careful out there driving. We are fine and were both wearing seatbelts as always.
OT- Deer hit (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 9:56 AM
They are in heavy rut right now and running around crazy, so be careful for sure. In the spring, the doe will run older fawns off as they get ready for new fawns to be born. Those fawns have followed their moms around since birth so they run around all confused. That's why you kind of see "seasons" of high deer hits in spring and fall.
We took the kids out spotting for deer last night and saw some real wall hangers chasing doe around the fields.
If you see a deer run across the road, come as close to a stop as you can because there's almost always several. --70.44.xxx.xx
OT- Deer hit (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 10:18 AM
Over the years, my husband has hit two deer and my son hit one. NE is right about there usually being more than one, too. Big thing is not to attempt to swerve - better to hit it than a tree.
The country road near our old house was nicknamed Road Kill Alley. --50.82.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 10:56 AM
I have families of them in my yard. The young ones come back and rest here. Had a doe and a buck resting near my front fence. I hope they were not "putting on a show" out there. They move a few feet if I need to go near where they are but they just look at me. When I put the bird seed and deer corn out they start coming up to me. I think a couple of mine were hit last spring on the road a block down. It's four lanes. That explains it. One of the females is the size of a small horse and I think one buck must be her son because he is bigger than she is. --71.104.xx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 11:40 AM
I had something similar happen a few years ago on the interstate in Iowa doing 65-70 mph. I saw this huge buck coming up from the right hand side of the road so I slowed down. It ran right in front of us and a semi truck in the left lane doing at least 70 mph hit the buck and wiped out his radiator leaking antifreeze and transmission fluid everywhere. It was a close call for us in a mini-van, however, it pays to be vigilant while driving rather than texting, etc. --99.165.xx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 12:51 PM
Got my stand up last week, spending Thanksgiving up NH at the cabin. I hope to tag a buck before the weekend is over. I had my game camera where the tree stand is set up and saw a monster and some nice smaller ones, hopefully they are still using that trail when I go up to hunt and arenít off chasing does somewhere else. --73.17.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 12:53 PM
Tough to find a day better than one spent in a deer stand jkj. --70.44.xxx.xx
OT- Deer hit (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 1:49 PM
Hoosier, glad everyone was okay and you didn't hit it.
Not deer related, but I was driving down the interstate one day and came around a curve and there was a large crate in the middle lane. I kept watch in my mirror and ended up seeing a car plow right into it. It didn't appear that it hurt anyone. I had already heard about the crate on my CB right before I got there so I was looking for it and able to avoid it. --73.120.xx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 7:17 PM
6x6, CB is a great idea. My dad had one and had a great time talking to people around the area and truckers. --71.104.xx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Nov 14, 2020 8:10 PM
NE, agreed, nothing more relaxing than sitting silently, watching and listening to the woods come alive when the inhabitants donít know youíre there. --173.48.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 12:42 AM
I once came across a lady leaned on her steering wheel, w cracked windshield. She did not look great but refused help. Said it was her 4th run in w a deer.
Tonight a 6pt buck was standing in my lane I braked from 50 yards and flashed my lights n turned on flashers. He stood still for what seemed like minutes but finally turned back from the way he came. Not the way I want to fill my tag! --72.10.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 1:21 AM
Small Potatoes, you touched on my concern. If you hit a deer with your truck, does that fill your tag? That would deprive the driver of his opportunity to be in a stand for the rest of the season. --98.182.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 6:01 AM
No mike, it doesn't fill your tag. --70.44.xxx.xx
OT- Deer hit (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 8:12 AM
Hitting a moose is even worse. It will come through your windshield. And they are in full rut. Dusk is the most dangerous time. We have watch for moose on roads. Even the highway. --70.16.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 8:30 AM
MIKE45,at least here in NY if you hit a deer with your vehicle they will give you a special tag and you can keep the deer for meat and keep your hunting tag to get another deer --72.231.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 8:37 AM
We got chased by a moose down a logging road in Maine, years ago. We were in a pickup truck but he didn't care. Came at us full speed, we were going as fast as we could away from him! --50.82.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 10:34 AM
Every state has laws regarding roadkills, I know in MA and NH if you hit a deer, report it to the authorities, and ARE a resident of that state you can claim the animal after you have been giving a special roadkill tag (which is needed to have possession of the animal). It doesnít affect your hunting tags. In ME Itís the same, only I donít believe you need to be a resident of the state. In AK the driver is not allowed to keep the animal, all roadkills belong to the state and they have charities that are called that will retrieve and butcher the animal then give it to soup kitchens or needy families. I have hit 2 deer and 1 bear, each time I was at Highway speeds (55mph plus) the meat was not worth harvesting. For the most part the only time the animal is worth taking is when itís hit at lower speeds breaking its legs and law enforcement or a game warden shoots it, even then in most cases the quadrant that made contact, and sometimes depending on the vehicle and speeds, the entire half of that animal is bloodshot and not salvageable. I have a friend that is a local animal control officer, once in a while he will call me if he had to shoot a deer that got hit to see if Iím around and want it rather than have the Highway Dept. take it away. Heís called me maybe 5 times when Iíve been able to head over, only once was the animal worth cutting up, and both times I was only able to salvage about half of the typical meat I get off a deer, the rest was bloodshot. --173.48.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by J [FL]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 12:04 PM
I hit and killed a cat earlier this year on the road, at night. It ran out and there was no way I could avoid it.
I went and knocked on a few doors and did speak to one person, but it was not her cat and she didn't know who it belonged to.
I drove away and then looked on my phone and it said you were required to call the police in Florida in this situation. So tried to drive back to where it happened but I couldn't remember the intersection where it happened, and it was night, so I finally gave up. I doubt the police here would have done anything had I reported it. --72.188.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 1:51 PM
J, I think the only thing they might have done is call animal control to scrape it up off the pavement. --174.242.xxx.xxx
OT- Deer hit (by J [FL]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 2:11 PM
True, JKJ. That is exactly what I was thinking. I did want to make some effort to do the right thing though instead of just driving away, even though it didn't pan out.
OT- Deer hit (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Nov 15, 2020 4:10 PM
J, I hear ya. --174.242.xxx.xxx
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