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Deer me! Close call near home

Old 11-13-10, 02:21 PM
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Deer me! Close call near home

I was about six blocks from home yesterday when a deer bounded across the road immediately in front of me - 10 feet? 20 feet? I don't know, I was busy grabbing brakes and gaping in amazement. Strictly a residential area - mostly 1/2 to one acre lots. Eight point stag, I'm pretty sure. Might have been ten points, but I was too busy to study him. I would have been scared if I'd had more time! [There was a minivan coming up on my rear when this happened.]

Yesterday morning there was a video cam on GMA showing a deer in front of a minivan or SUV that was struck and crashed through the windshield, scraped the headliner, and broke the rear window as it flew through. Timing!
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A large buck ran across the road right in front of me just this morning. There was a hunter walking farther up the road. For just a brief moment. I would have been right in the line of fire had the hunter been so inclined to take a shot at that moment. Fortunately, he did not draw his weapon or he could have gotten a two-for-one kill!
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I live in Wisconsin just north of Milwaukee. Most of my rides go right through an area of wealthy homes that are just inside of Milwaukee's 'no hunting zone'. The deer seem to know this, and also become comfortable around humans as some people feed them despite warnings against it. Every so often they will do a round up and take some up north.

Anyway, it can make for interesting situations in the autumn when you may come across a rutting male standing in the middle of the road. My craziest moment was this summer on a pre-dawn ride while cruising in the low 20's I suddenly became aware of a deer running along side me in the run off ditch. I braked hard and it zigged across the road right through my headlights. I think I recorded my highest heart rate all year while watching bound off through some yards.
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Originally Posted by hobkirk
Yesterday morning there was a video cam on GMA showing a deer in front of a minivan or SUV that was struck and crashed through the windshield, scraped the headliner, and broke the rear window as it flew through. Timing!
Deadly scenario. As a kid, my parents and us 3 kids were traveling 94 to Chicago. We had a Ford Country Squire station wagon with a big 390 motor in it. Back then the speed limit was 75, so everyone did 85. At full speed we hit a deer and the ONLY reason we are all here today is because as it leaped, we caught it on the way down. Most times people are decapitated as the deer goes through the windshield. Even so, the massive front of that Country Squire was pushed back like accordion.

By the way, I was in my usual spot. In the rear side-facing suicide seats with no seat belt. Different times.
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Yeah, it's that time of year...I came across and startled a buck, a couple of females, and a yearling the other morning. The look they had on their faces was kind of comical.
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i ran over a flattened rabbit once.
I remember once cycling past a large decaying dead possum on the side of a newly asphalted road. Hilarious... the road painting crew did not scrape the carcass off so a nice , newly painted white stipe went over it's remains. Great work.
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In Australia its Kangaroos who wipe our cars not deer, still I can't image running into any deer riding my bike in NYC
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I've now had 4 similar near-dear experiences, and every single one of them have caught me by complete surprise.

Only one of the scenarios involved speeds <35mph, and that one was at ~18-20mph on a solo night ride...and my primary light was a 100-ish lumen Niterider. Even at those relatively low speeds, I was nearly outriding the beam pattern directly in front of me, and certainly had no idea there was a deer somewhere off the side of the road.

The other three were all a blur. I don't know about you guys, but on twisty descents, I start to develop tunnel vision at ~35mph when I'm approaching sharp bends. One jumped at the very last second, so last second, my only reaction was to turn my head slightly and close my eyes because I swear I thought my front tire was underneath the deers hind legs when our paths crossed. Didn't even have time to brace for impact. The other 2 involved deer who's attacks were poorly timed, as they jumped across my path ~20-30ft in front of me and kept running when they touched down.

Typically, though, I refer to deer as "the devil's ruminant".
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I was driving home a few weeks ago and there was a big a$$ bull elk right in the middle of the highway. It was dark and I didn't see it until about 2 seconds before I would have hit it. Had to swerve hard at 65mph and was just praying it didn't decide to jump in front of me. It didn't, but I think it took about 5 seconds for my heart to restart. Sorry, car story, but closest call I ever had.
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I suppose that's a good enough reason to carry deer tags in your saddle bag. Just make sure you nail Bambi in season.
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