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Old 11-08-05, 10:31 PM
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Have you hit a deer?

I'm wondering if you have hit a deer while riding or if you know of it happening to someone? I was recently reading about a guy that did just that during a MTB'ing leg of an adventure race. The guy survived as well as the deer. The MTB was destroyed. The guy continued with a replacement mountain bike that was eventually delivered to him.

After reading all the detail available it turns out that this MTB'ing leg of the adventure race happened to fall during the early morning hours. The accident took place at 4:15 A.M.

Adventure racers ride at night, often, and with night lights on their helmets and bikes. Of course, this would help nothing other than to see the deer in your peripheral as it slams into you.

Here is the link:

See the following: Team O'Donnell Hits a Deer (Day 5)

https://www.sleepmonsters.com/racerep...r=asc&offset=8
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Old 11-08-05, 10:32 PM
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Only on a motorcycle.
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A couple of weeks ago, I just narrowly missed one (within a couple of feet) on a trail on the way to work, early in the morning.
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Old 11-08-05, 10:41 PM
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I saw this crazy video once, on this weird website... the website must have been some "stupid videos" website.

This guy on a MTB was being filmed on a downhill line and a rabbit jumps out. The rabbit gets flipped about as it goes through the front wheel of the mountain bike. All this was caught on film. I believe the rabbit survived to tell his furry friends.

That reminds me of a time that I had a near miss with a rabbit. I hear the noise of it approaching me, stopping, turning and scampering away -- all of this before I even saw the rabbit.
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Old 11-08-05, 10:48 PM
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I came across 3 deer on a trail at about 1500 hrs. Luckily I was not going fast enough to not be able to stop because they didn't move.
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Old 11-08-05, 11:24 PM
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Lol, i dont have the problem with deer. Here it is camels and goats in the trail. I scared a camel to death the other day and it was hobbled (rope between front legs) so it was having a hard time running away. Usually they just give me a funny look and dont move much.
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Old 11-09-05, 01:10 AM
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Just squirrels and coyote here.

Though, "Just" is a strange word. My teacher's racing career was ended by a coyote, and a friend of mine almost got himself torn up due to a squirrel in the front wheel.
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I almost hit two big bucks on a fast downhill on the road. I had to slam on the brakes to miss them. I have seen a lot of animals at night. I realized that they listen for cars and cross the road/trail/bikepath when there are no car/motorized vehicle/human/predator noises, if I'm there on my bike they don't understand the light without the noise. If I say something they react very differently, they take off instantly. If I don't say anything most animals just slowly walk across without any rush.
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On one of my normal routes I see lots of deer. I have had them jump fences and cross the road immediatly in front of me. When I ride with other riders it is more common to say "deer up" instead of "car up". Hd many close calls but not hit yet.
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Old 11-09-05, 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Eatadonut
Just squirrels and coyote here.
Those squirrels are tricky bastages. This post reminds me of an old, but funny, thread https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...4&page=1&pp=30
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Old 11-09-05, 05:25 AM
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close but not hit.. 20 years ago MTBing... buddy and I on a steep downhill on the side of a big hill, steep drop off down to one side of the trail.. my buddy about 10 yards ahead of me... deer came out of nowhere from the steep drop off side.. and bound accross the trail right behind him and in front of me!.. scared the crap out of me, he never saw it....
..also I used to know a marathon runner that would do long morning runs from the gym I went to.. it was in the fall and he would be running in the dark in the early mornings... one morning he came back with bloody knees and elbows... turned out a deer hit him, and knocked him down.. he never saw it coming.. but heard it grunting just before impact.. made him wonder if it wasn't intentional..
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One buddy of mine hit one. He was riding down a fire road and came around a turn and there it was. He hit his brakes but wasn't able to stop in time. He ended up sliding out and barely hitting it. While he was laying on the ground he said the deer just looked at him like he was an idiot then walked off.
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I can only wonder if the guy said "I meant to do that"..
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once, last year. its not so much that I hit the deer, but the deer hit me. I was on a single track late fall 2003. one part of the track runs parallel to a highway and a patch of woods. it was after the sunset and getting dark very rapidly. I was hurrying down to get to my car and head to the nearest coffee shop. and thats when it happened. 4/5 deer came flying from my left (from the direction of the highway) and one jumped right into my front wheel. I was not going very fast, but because of the wet condition and speed the deer were jumping, I was not able to stop in time. so the accident throw me over the handle bar and totally crashed the front wheel. I saw the deer standing up slowly and vanish in the darkness of the woods on my right. I had to walk 1 1/2 , mile with my bike on my shoulder (it was muddy and aweful).

and, last week on my way to work in the early morning. I saw at least 20 wild turkys in the trail. I stopped and they were just checking me out, like I am a disgusting invador. there were only one male turkey in the group. it was really colorful. I thought lucky bustard 1:19, and all you do is look pretty. you have no Idea how hard it is for us guys, specially smelly and sweaty mountain bikers (at least I am one).

sorry for going overboard. thanks.
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I haven't hit one but during the Trail of Tears race last year as I was coming through the last singletrack section I came around a turn and there was this buck standing about a foot off the trail just staring at me, he didn't move. I said hello and continued on but was wierded out for a while.
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The season opens here in KY this weekend so I"m hoping I hit one with a bullet this weekend...
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
Those squirrels are tricky bastages. This post reminds me of an old, but funny, thread https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...4&page=1&pp=30
Aww, I was just going to post that.
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If you want to read something hilarious about squirrels you have to check this site out.

Killer squirrels take on cyclists.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
If you want to read something hilarious about squirrels you have to check this site out.

Killer squirrels take on cyclists.
Killer squirrels, flesh eating squirells... Awesome, thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by sherpaPeak
and, last week on my way to work in the early morning. I saw at least 20 wild turkys in the trail. I stopped and they were just checking me out, like I am a disgusting invador. there were only one male turkey in the group. it was really colorful. I thought lucky bustard 1:19, and all you do is look pretty. you have no Idea how hard it is for us guys, specially smelly and sweaty mountain bikers (at least I am one).

sorry for going overboard. thanks.
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No deer problems, but I have been chased by a moose trying to protect her calf. I was riding with one of my buddies and he decided to bark at it like a rabid dog. As soon as she started running at us we took off down the trail like little girls.
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Originally Posted by Edward_Breck
I saw this crazy video once, on this weird website... the website must have been some "stupid videos" website.

This guy on a MTB was being filmed on a downhill line and a rabbit jumps out. The rabbit gets flipped about as it goes through the front wheel of the mountain bike. All this was caught on film. I believe the rabbit survived to tell his furry friends.

That reminds me of a time that I had a near miss with a rabbit. I hear the noise of it approaching me, stopping, turning and scampering away -- all of this before I even saw the rabbit.

Haha, I've seen that video, Im not too sure that the rabbit lived though.
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i like running over pigeons, except they leave a sticky mess on my tires
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Originally Posted by GreyGoat
I can only wonder if the guy said "I meant to do that"..
I was thinking the deer said that.
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I've come close to hitting a bear while flying around a corner on a fire road in Montana once. I've had a deer get upset we took all the good level ground on Cascade Pass once, it spent half the night snorting and stomping at me and my buddy while we bivied in a storm.
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