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    Hit a deer

    A deer committed suicide on my car on the way to work. Minor damage to the car, permanent damage to the deer. Just going to be a big PIA.
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    Ouch, sorry to hear that but cars can be repaired easier than people.
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    Does NJ allow you to keep the deer?
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    That sucks. Offset the PIA with an IPA.

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    Oh... Dinner.

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    I spent time in eastern AZ with fish and game and their wolf re-introduction team. They collect all the game hit along highways and store them in a giant freezer to use to feed the wolves. I got to tour that freezer, it was packed with dozens of elk and deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogodo View Post
    Does NJ allow you to keep the deer?
    If it did, this would have been a good one to keep I hit it in the shoulder \ neck area so the internal damage probably wasn't too bad. I was on my way to work so being covered in blood wouldn't be received very well. And hanging it in a tree on the campus wouldn't win me any friends.
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    Hit a deer once, about 30 years ago. $hundreds to my car; deer bounded off maybe bruised a bit.

    Ex-BiL hit one, doing critical damage, waited for the cops to show up. When the cop couldn't kill it with a couple shots, ex-BiL offered to shoot it with his own gun and finally put the beast out of its misery.

    Oct/Nov, hunting season, is usually when there are unexpected deer in the road, but it can happen anytime around where we are. Semi-rural, southern Maine. Since the ex-in-laws run a custom slaughterhouse which I help at, I would either butcher and cut the deer there (in season), or do a much cruder job at home. Cops are happy to let you take your roadkill; if you don't, there's either a call list at the police station or I believe the State Police have some kind of deal where it will end up at food pantries that can handle fresh meat.
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    In elementary school our teacher would bring in fresh roadkill for us students to dissect.
    She also had us come to her farm and slaughter a sheep by slicing its throat and collecting the blood in a bucket, then measuring how much.
    We took the carcass to school and did a group dissection. I vividly recall being partnered with the cute normally squeamish girl with the task of finding out how far around the school building the intestines could wrap. She loved it and got her hands deep in the project.

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    Lived in Alaska for a while and they had moose recovery teams. Car - moose collisions were usually fatal for the moose and these folks would harvest the usable meat for local charities.

    Hit a deer in a Mazda 626. Hood was crumpled up to the windshield and motor was off the mounts. Car was totaled and dead on the side of the road as was the deer.
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    Train going by flushed one out once and he bounded right out in front of me before I could even touch the brakes. It was snowing heavily or he wouldn't have been that close to town.

    So he stopped about 50 yards away from me and sat down so I knew then that I probably broke some ribs. I hated knowing that he would die suffering, I really did. And it wasn't about the venison because deer is a little gamey for my taste. But I had nothing to take him out with but a tire iron and he probably had enough left to kick my ass. I found his carcass about 300 yards or so from there a few days later just looking to see if I was right about his injuries. I would have liked to have seen him survive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    That sucks. Offset the PIA with an IPA.
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    Totaled my Nissan Xterra 4x4 just over 12 years ago when I hit a buck on the freeway. Didn't see it until it crossed in front of me and the impact was right in the center of my front bumper. As if the airbags deploying didn't do a good enough job at blinding me, the hood also flew up and blocked the windshield. It was around 5am on a Saturday morning in October, so it was plenty dark. I couldn't see where the deer ended up, though as the first few cars came by, I could hear them running over pieces of antler. Wasn't until a highway patrol officer came and used his spotlight that we saw the carcass had landed in the center divide, 3 lanes over from where I had hit it.

    Funny part is that the thing I remember most from that whole episode was what the officer asked me after making sure I was okay - "Couldn't you have pulled your truck farther to the right?" I wasn't sure if was being serious. The only reason I was even able to get it there was because I had pushed in the clutch along with the brake after the impact plus I had to stick my head out my window when I was moving it to the emergency lane because the hood was blocking my view.

    Oh, and I couldn't get that explosives smell from the airbags out of my nose for weeks. Not sure what I did with the pictures the body shop sent me. One of them was of the driver's side front wheel and you could see pieces of fur stuck to it.

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    I hit one once, he somersaulted across the hood of my truck, tucked, rolled, ran off.

    In NY at that time you could keep one you hit but needed to bring it to the sheriff to get a game tag.

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    I live in PA. We hit deer when driving, lol.

    Had a beater truck, no insurance. Deer jumped out from a tree line right in front of me. 60 mph and didn't even have time to move to the brake pedal. The deer stopped my truck like right now (small Toyota truck.)

    As I didn't have insurance on the truck itself and it was a $500 truck, I pieced it back together myself. Got an entire front end from someone off the internet. He even met me close to home from Erie (about 1.5 hours from me.) I borrowed my brother-in-law's little POS 110v stick welder and with never have welded before, put it back together.

    Out on my maiden drive to work after getting it back together.... deer jumped off the bank directly into my truck


    Last time was on our first family vacation. Driving 19 hours to Disneyworld. At around 6 am in West Virginia 2 hours into the trip, I've got a car behind me when I see a deer up ahead jump over the center jersey barrier. I couldn't slam the brakes on with the car behind me else at 75 mph, he'd be running through us. I hit the brakes watching in the mirror and pushed hard when I saw the other car change lanes. Too late, as the front end was nearly dug into the road and I am just about stopped, the deer met the front bumper and I literally just bumped it. It went down but at the moment of the bump, it's head flopped onto the hood and dented the hood. Luckily it was just a dented hood and a dent in the corner of the bumper. We were able to carry on with the trip after dragging the deer out of the lane. Took it to the shop after our trip and the barely hitting the deer was $2800 worth of damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
    I spent time in eastern AZ with fish and game and their wolf re-introduction team. They collect all the game hit along highways and store them in a giant freezer to use to feed the wolves. I got to tour that freezer, it was packed with dozens of elk and deer.
    There is a wolf preserve in west central/northern NJ. Road crews sometimes bring the preserve deer road kill for the wolves.
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    Found a pic of the front end damage to my Xterra and the aforementioned fur on the tire/wheel from my deer hit.

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