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Old 11-18-2014, 02:24 PM   #15
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Ranch Hand bumpers ar OK, but if you want the "Airstream" of bumpers, you need one of these:

www.southtexasoutfitters.com

They are THE best bumpers made. I have them on all 3 of my rigs and have hit deer with no damage but to the deer.

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Old 11-18-2014, 02:43 PM   #16
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Once upon a time deer would be scarce after a bad winter or shortage of feed. But now they have the buffet of landscaping in suburbia to keep them pretty well fed. OMHO. Sal
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:18 PM   #17
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They are doing very well in my area. Many does had triplets this year they are doing that well. Please come up here and take some out with those fancy cow catchers.
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Old 11-18-2014, 04:09 PM   #18
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When I was looking for my first Airstream, my sister and I visited the factory and took the tour. Last place we went was through the repair facility... Where a big pickup truck towing a Classic had JUST pulled in. The deer slid up over the hood, up over the windshield of the truck, through the front windows of the Airstream... and it bled out on their ultraleather couch.

I believe they removed the carcass before coming to the factory, but there was so much blood and guts and gore that I kept expecting to see yellow crime scene tape and CSI's gathering evidence.

And moose are worse - they will join you IN the car or truck. You will not win the encounter. You will be highly unlikely to be around to talk about it either.

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Old 11-18-2014, 06:36 PM   #19
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I got a good deer story for ya! One of the guys at work rolls in on a late fall morning with a decent sized buck in the back of the truck... seems is jumped off the embankment as he was driving by and landed in the truck, snapped it's neck against the ladder rack. He stopped and called the SHP and they called DNR to issue him a tag for it. Helluva way to get a buck, but had to believe the story, there wasn't a mark on the buck.

Saw a Ford Ranger pickup in the body shop at the local Ford dealer, hood, both fenders, windshield, cab and driver's door were torn up. Heard the driver telling the service manager he got hit by a deer, the service manager's reply... How many times did he hit you?

We haven't noticed an increase at our place, we usually see 12+ every year, but they also opened up the property behind ours for hunting this year for the first time in several years.

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Old 11-18-2014, 06:49 PM   #20
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:51 AM   #21
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Spent 6 days out in the woods with 2 other guys. Never saw 1. First time blanked in 14 years.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:51 AM   #22
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If you see one deer blow your horn to warn the others.

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Old 11-19-2014, 12:11 PM   #23
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I just wish they would move those deer-crossing signs to safer areas.

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Old 11-20-2014, 08:43 AM   #24
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I just wish they would move those deer-crossing signs to safer areas.

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Old 11-20-2014, 09:15 AM   #25
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Paula,

Glad no major issues.

I googled deer whistles too and found a pretty extensive write up that concluded, save your money.

My commuting car is a 2000 VW Beetle. Buck jumped into the road pre-dawn, cleared the weeds along the side of the country road and put his racked head into my RF headlight. Ripped it out of the socket. Made a mess of the headlight.

That at least was a known driving risk. But the unknown risk was that two times now my car at work has had squirrels get into the engine and eat wires. First time just two wired to a solenoid the second time 6 sensor wires and a diesel fuel return line. Fixed the fuel line in route and the wiring at home each time, kept it running.
Animals sure don't like your beetle.
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