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Old 12-15-08, 10:09 PM   #1
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In Case Of Deer Attack

While biking around some of the local spots around here, I have had days where I'll see more than 20 deer on a single trail. Most of the time, they were in the way, a little too close for comfort, or just made me nervous (When I see a male during the fall time, I get a little nervous since they're a bit more aggressive due to mating season.).

I've been trying to search around for what to do in case of a deer attack, and I haven't been able to find anything at all. So do any of you have any information on this subject?

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Oh no...look!!! Bambi's pissed...I'm pee'in.
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Old 12-15-08, 10:20 PM   #3
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Oh no...look!!! Bambi's pissed...I'm pee'in.
haha Exactly! It's kind of a pain because the locations I keep having deer issues at are within city limits. So answers like "Shoot it if it charges," do not really apply. ...legally.
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i never thought they would attack. thats funny. i thought that just happens on movies. I have no clue on what to do. i think i would try and climb a tree or something. I know i wouldnt be able to out run one.
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I remember there was some campus that was known for having several deer in the area. They've had a tendency of having a few attacks. Supposedly the females are pretty aggressive in the spring (protecting their offspring), and males get a little crazy during mating season (autumn).
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C'mon man why would a deer attack you? When I'm buzzing thru the trails, on any type of vehicle, i'm always worried about collisions. But attacks? Unless you use buck lure for colone or have antlers sprouting out of your head I would think your safe.
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apply for a deer hunting tag and if they attack then bag the sucker and have free meat for 6 months.

btw - deer dont attack people unless you cover yourself with deer urine and go try to hump them during rutting season.
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I just watched something about this on the Discovery Channel. This dude got attacked by a deer. I think all you can do is fight back. He laid on the ground and sort of kicked back at it until he could maneuver around and grab it by the horns. It does happen especially in mating season(bucks) or in spring(does). All you can do is punch it or kick it, defend your face, and hope it goes away.
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I just watched something about this on the Discovery Channel. This dude got attacked by a deer. I think all you can do is fight back. He laid on the ground and sort of kicked back at it until he could maneuver around and grab it by the horns. It does happen especially in mating season(bucks) or in spring(does). All you can do is punch it or kick it, defend your face, and hope it goes away.
I was actually just watching that. It reminded me about this question I had been meaning to ask.
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(When I see a male during the fall time, I get a little nervous since they're a bit more aggressive due to mating season.).
As long as you're not menstruating, you should be okay.
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I remember there was some campus that was known for having several deer in the area. They've had a tendency of having a few attacks. Supposedly the females are pretty aggressive in the spring (protecting their offspring), and males get a little crazy during mating season (autumn).
yeah but that was on a campus, so i imagine the dear where prevoked, you get a bunch of drunk frat guys "hey lets go dear tipping"
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Deer attacks are very rare, but they do happen. Just like every other large game, they are more afraid of you than you are afraid of them. Even during rut its not too dangerous, unless you smell like a buck and have antlers and there is a doe in heat around you. The only person I know personally to sort of get attacked by a deer was my uncle. He shot a 5 pointer in the back so it didnt die but was surely down and not going anywheres. He was using a muzzleloader and it misfired when he tried to finish him off. So he decided to use his knife to cut its throat. The deer obviously was very threatened when he got close and the buck started thrashing at him with his horns, and even getting my uncle in the arm a few times. Im more worried about bears and moose than deer. Ive seen what a moose can do to a living 4 inch around tree.
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It can happen I suppose (we've all seen the videos) but I know a lot of folks that hunt and I've never heard of anyone, or heard anyone with second hand knowledge, of an attack. I suppose if you're worried about deer you could buy a can or bear spray. That would take the fight out of one pretty quickly and not do any permanent damage.
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yeah but that was on a campus, so i imagine the dear where prevoked, you get a bunch of drunk frat guys "hey lets go dear tipping"
It was mostly joggers who were getting to close to the fawns.

I am mostly worried about Mountain Lions as they are present in my area and have been know to attack mountain bikers.
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Thanks for the awesome replies guys.

The big reason why I'm just a little concerned is due to the fact that the trail system that has that many deer is a tiny two loop trail. "Over-populated" is an understatement in there for sure. It's a pretty nice trail that gets ruined by having to stop for deer on every turn (I've even had to bail out once or twice because they were in such horrible places.).

I think the only thing we don't have around here are bears. I'd hate to have to deal with them.
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In situations like that, I rely on the wisdom of my dear Aunt Ler:
“When you encounter a feisty male, you need to be smart. Buck conventional wisdom, dismount and hoof it for a bit. You won’t be able to outride a fast deer anyway; you’ve horned in on his territory and no amount of doe is going to be able buy your way out of trouble. Avoid the rut in the trail, as it can cause you to fall and rack yourself painfully. Back away slowly then make tracks out of there.”
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Pathetic, dminor.

I heard you should go for the gills. It freaks them out.
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There is a renegade neighbor of your's known as B2b that could help with your overpopulation problem. He is connected with many rouge, grain hauling, truck driving, poachers from your area. Some of these people drive personal dualies with cattle guards on the front just to run down those glorified goats on the road. Man up dude, you live in the midwest.
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What's wrong with just smacking into it with your bike? Then you can tag him and make jerky.
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