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Old 10-11-07, 06:56 AM   #1
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remember me? the guy who just got the car??

guess what....

i killed a deer last night with it. so the front end is pretty banged up. most likely ill have to pay my full deductible to get it fixed. so i ask you all this question...

what you would rather have than a new $500 front end of a pick up?


1. inner tubes (had a flat the other day and didnt have one)
2. new wheels for my scott.
3. new crank and bottom bracket for my cannondale.
4. a new seat for my scott
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Old 10-11-07, 07:29 AM   #2
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Old 10-11-07, 09:29 AM   #3
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guess what....

i killed a deer last night with it. so the front end is pretty banged up. most likely ill have to pay my full deductible to get it fixed. so i ask you all this question...

what you would rather have than a new $500 front end of a pick up?


1. inner tubes (had a flat the other day and didnt have one)
2. new wheels for my scott.
3. new crank and bottom bracket for my cannondale.
4. a new seat for my scott
All of the above. I don't think they'd total more than $500.
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Old 10-11-07, 09:30 AM   #4
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An Xtracycle.
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Old 10-11-07, 11:43 AM   #5
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Glad you weren't hurt. Too bad about the deer.

I'd get a new (used) bike and new triple for my old Trek MTB. I'd upgrade the Trek's brakes too if I had money left over. And get a computer for the new bike.
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Old 10-11-07, 02:40 PM   #6
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Bummer!!!That's why they're considered the 2nd deadliest animal.There's only one other animal that has caused more human deaths than the cute little bambi.
I don't know if this will help you any but I hit a deer while riding my bike(!).Well,I'd say it probably hit me more than I it.Good news is the deer and bike were fine.I on the other hand got some bruises and scrapes.Nothing major but quite the experience I must say.Scared the s@$t outta me.
THAT'S the problem with vehicles.They can nail you with big unexpected repair expenses like that.Unless you need the truck for work, I'd say IMHO that you should sell it(or part it out)and put the $ into your bikes.All the subsequent savings could also be put into them.
I have been car-free for the past 12 years and figure I've saved over $100,000(compared to driving).

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Old 10-11-07, 05:46 PM   #7
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I don't know if this will help you any but I hit a deer while riding my bike(!).Well,I'd say it probably hit me more than I it.Good news is the deer and bike were fine.I on the other hand got some bruises and scrapes.Nothing major but quite the experience I must say.Scared the s@$t outta me.
I saw about 15-20 deer this morning on my way to work. (It's on a MUP right in the heart of the city.) I have no idea why deer have become such urbanites. If you head out of town, you rarely see deer. I'm not sure what is going on...

Anyway, I figure it is only a matter of time before one of them springs out of the trees just as I pass by.

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I saw about 15-20 deer this morning on my way to work. (It's on a MUP right in the heart of the city.) I have no idea why deer have become such urbanites. If you head out of town, you rarely see deer. I'm not sure what is going on...

Anyway, I figure it is only a matter of time before one of them springs out of the trees just as I pass by.

We had a late freeze, and fairly dry summer... so the animals come down into the city where there's more food.

All that watering going on makes the parks and yard plants look good.
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Maybe the deer have figured out that people can't shoot at them there.
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Maybe the deer have figured out that people can't shoot at them there.
Hehe... one of my coworkers had several deer go through his yard... they stripped all the foliage off around $500 worth of plants he'd planted about a month earlier. He wasn't too happy about it.
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There is more food in the country for deer than in the city.

I hunt deer and I can tell you that your city probablty does not allow bow hunting.

2 deer in 7 years becomes 40 deer.

Thats right....40 deer.

Columbia is a city with a population approaching 100,000 people that allows bowhunting inside the city and has a bow hunting program in the city parks. I think about 50 deer were harvested last year by this method in the parks system. That does not sound like a lot and they are still over populated but just do the math above and there are hundreds of deer that are actually harvested each fall.
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Old 10-12-07, 09:21 AM   #12
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You would be amazed at that though. Many of the plants in peoples yards are some of the favorite foods of deer. Also many people who have deer in their area will intentionally feed them (most often by non-hunters who don't know any better), adding even more food to the system. On top of that, the ready availability of food with the limited number of predators present makes it a desireable area to live in. Deer learn things relatively fast. If they find humans not to be a threat in the area, they will become almost "tame". Deer find that humans are not a threat due to the lack of hunting pressure that they experience in many places. Being less skidish, they increase the chance of direct contact with humans, often in the form of getting hit by a car in a populated area.
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I agree. There is food inside the city but certainly not as much as there is in the countryside.

Regardless, when they see one of their own take an arrow through the lungs they regain thier mistrust of humans almost instantly.
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I think we have to leave it to the deer to decide where there is more food. If they're coming into the city in greater numbers, it might be becaus there's more food there. or maybe they just want to get drinks and catch a show.
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They will go where the "good" stuff is. We have a 10 acre hay field, they will by pass that and jump a fence to get at the beans in the garden. I put a motion activated sprinkler in the garden and that slowed them down for a while. Ours are semi skitish depending on the season. We have about 1100 acres of wooded undeveloped land on 2 sides of us. Currently it is posted no hunting due to an endangered species of bird living there. So they have plenty of room to thrive. There are 6 that we see in our fields on a regular basis.

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I think we have to leave it to the deer to decide where there is more food. If they're coming into the city in greater numbers, it might be becaus there's more food there. or maybe they just want to get drinks and catch a show.

The does are there because they were born there and the bucks are there because when they left their place of birth at 6 months - 1 year of age they decided that was a good place to live.

We do not know why or how bucks find the place that they are going to live.

While I appreciate your sarcasm I know quite a bit about whitetail deer. I've also killed a few in town, skinned them and know that unless the deer just have an eating disorder there is usually not MORE food in town where much of the landscape is covered in streets, buildings and parking lots.

Go figure. Less food in a landscape where half the land is paved.
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I think we have to leave it to the deer to decide where there is more food. If they're coming into the city in greater numbers, it might be becaus there's more food there. or maybe they just want to get drinks and catch a show.

The does are there because they were born there and the bucks are there because when they left their place of birth at 6 months - 1 year of age they decided that was a good place to live.

We do not know why or how bucks find the place that they are going to live.

While I appreciate your sarcasm I know quite a bit about whitetail deer. I've also killed a few in town, skinned them and know that unless the deer just have an eating disorder there is usually not MORE food in town where much of the landscape is covered in streets, buildings and parking lots.

Go figure. Less food in a landscape where half the land is paved.
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I think we have to leave it to the deer to decide where there is more food. If they're coming into the city in greater numbers, it might be becaus there's more food there. or maybe they just want to get drinks and catch a show.
Never seen one in a bar. They seem to enjoy hanging around bike trails, picking off bikers
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