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Old 06-22-2013, 10:17 PM   #11
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I worked a few accidents over the years involving deer, including a fatality, and one frequent comment I've heard from drivers was " I was watching one that ran across and never saw the other one." It appears that its often the second or third one that get us. Good to know for defensive driving.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:35 PM   #12
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Did almost 9k damage the 1st one, 6500 2nd and the 3rd was abt 8k. Deere are not fun but I would much rather a deere than a moose.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:44 PM   #13
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Did almost 9k damage the 1st one, 6500 2nd and the 3rd was abt 8k. Deere are not fun but I would much rather a deere than a moose.
Yeah, a moose would total a car. From what I hear a hog will do terrific damage due to the fact they are so solid.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:58 PM   #14
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1. Deer always seem to come in threes! If you see one, there are more waiting to commit suicide.

2. You never, never want to hit a moose. It is likely you will not live to tell the tale. They are so tall they come through the windshield on top of you.

Moose and deer country up here, but I think Newfounland has the dubious distinction of being the moose fatality capital.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:20 PM   #15
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Man that sucks.
I work on alot of animal hits and it always amazes me how thier hairs can get in-bedded in plastic and inbetween tires and wheels.
Hope the rest of your time is better!
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:30 AM   #16
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I have learned those deer whistles startle the deer into the road. They used to stand still or run the other way until I put them on my old Durango and then they started to run in front of me. I got rid of them after I hit a deer head on. I got lucky, the Durango and the deer not so much. Then again the Durango was one of those vehicles that seemed to ask things to hit me. I can't count how many times someone hit me in that thing. I could be sitting still at a red light and the stopped car behind me would literally accelerate into me. some vehicles are just accident magnets.

Oh and the lady who owned the farm I used to board at had a horse named Quaker Anne. She was 17 hands tall (that's 5'8" at her back) and solidly built. She got spooked one night, jumped a fence and got hit by a compact car. she rolled up over the car roof of the car and then took off running. She only had a few bruises but the car was totalled. Luckily the driver wasn't injured.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:02 AM   #17
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I worked a few accidents over the years involving deer, including a fatality, and one frequent comment I've heard from drivers was " I was watching one that ran across and never saw the other one." It appears that its often the second or third one that get us. Good to know for defensive driving.
I have noticed that too. I have never hit or been hit by a deer, but have had some close calls. A couple of times there has been one in the road and I have stopped and sure enough after it crossed 1 or 2 more followed after it. My brother had a near miss with one in the front of him but the 2nd one hit his car broadside. So if you see one and stop, wait a minute or so before proceeding.

Also having worked as a 911 dispatcher, the problem occurs more often during mating season. Once they get a scent of a possible mate they will follow that scent no matter what. I witnessed a male one time approaching a road from an open field, nose in the air as he was following a scent. And he proceeded across the highway at a decent gallop and no hesitation. Luckily no one hit him as it was daylight and drivers saw him coming. But had it been dark, or foggy, I am sure results would have been different.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:58 AM   #18
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Will look into it but I am not sure that would have helped much here. She was bound and determined to cross this very busy road, she almost made it too, dodged a few other cars. I was the last car in her way.
The deer alert won't prevent them from bolting across the road. We travel a lot in Eastern NC on back-country roads where we have a second home, and there are always deer along these roads. This is especially dangerous at night, but if you learn to look for the glare of their eyes, you can avoid them. What the deer alerts do is cause the deer to turn toward the sound, and at that time you'll be able to see their eyes and take precautions. Once I spot a deer, I lean on the horn, and they'll then invariably run away from the road. I've probably encountered literally thousands of deer along these roads and am yet to have a collision - of course there's always a first time.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #19
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Last summer we hit a chunk (and I mean a chunk) of deer. The semi in front of us drove over the chunk then I saw it, but with vehicles beside and behind us left us with 2 options and I was not going into the ditch. Went under our tv, hit the wdh (leaving jerky behind) then our sewer hose holder (taking out the door) and then doing a drum solo under the trailer. We did find the door and juror rigged it back on. Best guess is that a semi exploded the deer in the night or early morning as there were chunks but no red as it rained that morning.
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That's what the deer whistles are suppose to do, startle them and get them moving. With them you are hoping the sound scares them off before you even see them. When your head lights hit the deer there are pretty much blind and frozen. Hence the term "stood there like a deer in the headlights"

In Nebraska they have installed electrified fences on both sides of I-80 between omaha and lincoln so they can't cross the interstate.

Last weekend was the first time I have had to lock up the Sunseeker with the enclosed trailer for a deer and I hope it's the last for awhile.
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