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Old 12-03-2003, 11:49 PM   #1
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Watch out for deer!

I had yet another encounter. I never go below the speed limit and of course had no time to react. Hit in the same place as the last deer. Probably $1000 in damages overall and moved my Chevy a lot closer to the Ghettomobile status. It is too old to get fixed. I just had a newer motor installed in it but I think that's all I will do with it.

Here in the olde Virginny - deer are more dangerous than rust.

Makes a pretty good case for driving semi-disposable vehicles. I would hate the idea of totalling a new(er) one. I think I would be really disappointed if my F250 got hit, that thing is old but has low miles and is in top mechnical condition.

And a couple of weeks ago, I ran over a dog with my Subaru. Same thing. At night, on a twisty unpredictable country road. Coming out of a turn at an optimistic speed and no time to react at all. Messed up the alignment, and after crawling under it for 10 minutes with flashlight, I confirmed it didn't tear the radiator or oil pan off.

Also, I hear if you try to miss it, will roll the vehicle. Haven't tried that yet.

Now an A/S, I am thinking is really vulnerable because of such large surface area. Real easy to have a beast just run into it. At 55mph, the damage is incredible. Wouldn't surprise me if it totaled it.
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Old 12-04-2003, 12:36 AM   #2
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Since we moved out into a rural forested area five years ago, I have developed a habit of driving very cautiously at night, usually well below the speed limit. Winding country roads probably have even more hazards on them than in-town. We have been surprised by loose horses, cows, bicyclists, joggers, dogs, cats, coyotes, and of course - deer. Then there's the smaller fauna (bunnies, squirrels, possums, coon), and the occasional dropped branch, limb and once in a great while an entire tree. It sure ain't like the car commercials where they're out ripping through the woods without a care in the world!

Sorry to hear you got another deer. I've heard they are even worse out in your area than out here. Sounds like it's time for a year-round hunting season to me!
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Old 12-04-2003, 01:17 AM   #3
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Deer Danger

I hit a buck 100 yds from my house going 20 mphin the HOLLYWOOD HILLS in California. Guess you don't have to be in the woods to create roadkill. I ended up spending 6000 to repair and upgrade.(complete paint job) ps. I sold the car today for what I paid to fix it up. PJ
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Unhappy Watch out for the other kind of bambi

Here in Michigan we have over 60,000 vehicle-deer collisions each year, with 5 or so people getting killed. Always remember that the deer is softer than either the ditch or that oncomming truck.
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Deer in Airstream

A number of years ago a good friend of mine who has been Airstreaming for 35 years hit a deer....with the trailer.
Just as the tow vehicle passed the deer on the side of the road, the deer jumped to cross the road behind the tow vehicle....ooops...
The deer entered the Airstream through the front window. Very rattled, the deer managed to then create havoc as the driver slowed to a stop having felt the impact.
That deer ransacked the inside of the trailer from one end to the other trying desperately to find a way out while bleeding and shedding fur all over everything in sight from the cuts and scrapes obtained form the unauthorized entry. About the time the owner entered the trailer to see what had happened, the deer left via the front window leaving the owner to inspect the damages.
It was a helluva mess.
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My MH came with two deer whistles(silent to me) mounted on the front bumper. Do those things really work? I haven't come across one yet, but if I do, IT will lose! Sorry.
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my daughter was hit by a deer . its head broke through the glass in the right rear door of her maxima.
the good part was my 4 yr grandson just put a pillow between his head and the door. when the deer's head broke through the glass the pillow covered his face and ears and there was no injury.
the deer survived.
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My MH came with two deer whistles(silent to me) mounted on the front bumper. Do those things really work? I haven't come across one yet, but if I do, IT will lose! Sorry.
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My MH came with two deer whistles(silent to me) mounted on the front bumper. Do those things really work? I haven't come across one yet, but if I do, IT will lose! Sorry.
My experience has been that they work... sometimes.... it depends a great deal on the location you're in and the species of deer. The mulies in the Sierras used to (for the most part) stop dead in their tracks and look at you. The whitetails in Iowa don't much care; they're so skittish there's no telling what they'll do.

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The daughter of some friends, died when a deer was hit by a car in front of her car.

When the deer was hit it flipped up and over the first car smashing into the windshield of the daughter’s car.
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In the UP of MI they have some test areas on the highway that have red reflectorts on either side of the road. So far, from what the locals say, the deer contacts in the areas where the red reflectors are installed has a lower hit rate than that of the areas that are without.

Wonder why red reflectors scare them off (maybe laser sight phobia)?
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Wonder why red reflectors scare them off (maybe laser sight phobia)?



here in Georgia they have yellow reflectors set up but they are at the edge of the right of way to reflect back into the woods
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Does it help?

I never saw any official figures on the number of collisions, but they were only installed where there were alot of collisions with deer.
several in my area have been replaced after being damaged.
so maybe the answer is yes.

we have a large number of deer and the number of deer that hunters can take is 12 I think.
this herd started in the beginningg 60's with transplants from wisconsin and michigan and they like it down here
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the only thing that reduces deer/vehicle collisions is reducing the herd.

here is me doing my part for everyone's safety!

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In the UP of MI they have some test areas on the highway that have red reflectorts on either side of the road. So far, from what the locals say, the deer contacts in the areas where the red reflectors are installed has a lower hit rate than that of the areas that are without.

Wonder why red reflectors scare them off (maybe laser sight phobia)?
I was driving somewhere last year (old age and senility seem to prevent me from remembering just where we were...) and I recall seeing a laser warning system set up. It had a series of battery powered laser emitters that were aimed at reflectors along the side of the shoulder. Apparently the idea was that when a deer broke a beam, there were battery-powered signs that lit up for traffic. The system had solar chargers on the light standards. The system stretched for several hundred yards along an interstate through a wooded area.

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Last August on a trip up the North Shore here in MN, I managed to hit the same deer twice. It happened in mid-afternoon. I clipped it with right front of the truck then it spun around and got the right front of the trailer. It left a few hairs some cracked plastic on the truck and a flat spot on the bottom right of the trailer.
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I hit a deer with my 3 month old F150 while towing our 74 Overlander on I94 going to WI Dells from Milwaukee.

I saw it in time to safely change lanes from the one it was STANDING IN. As I got closer it decided that it really wanted to be in my lane and JUMPED IN FRONT OF ME! If it had stayed where it was I would have missed it. Caught it right in the grill between the lights.

Jammed on the brakes as I hit it and in a moment of total clarity thought "this is dumb, all I am going to do is succeed in jack knifing the whole rig and ruining it all" So I let off of the brakes and the deer slid under the truck and was promptly run over by all of the passenger side tires including the trailer. Once I slowed and got to the side of the road I was to find out I no longer had a grill, trans cooler, oil cooler, AC Condenser, or radiator that would hold fluid. It was pouring out of the engine compartment.

The State trooper said I could have the deer if I wanted it, but I would need a spoon and a bucket to pick it up. Truly a deer smear on the interstate.
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I was also on I-94 about a hour ago and saw a "pile" of deer by the roadside. At least three of them by counting heads, looks like they all bought it at the same time and place. Not beat up to bad either, lots of salvageable steaks.
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Once I slowed and got to the side of the road I was to find out I no longer had a grill, trans cooler, oil cooler, AC Condenser, or radiator that would hold fluid. It was pouring out of the engine compartment.



I had 2 close calls yesterday, again. One of the beasts was standing 6" from the car as it passed it but decided not to jump in front of it, as they usually do.

I was driving my winter beater so it wasn't that big of a concern. I do notice that it is a lot safer during the day than at night.
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