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Time of year to hit a deer Claims for animal collisions jump in November
Waterbury Republican-American ^ | October 26, 2010 | Rick Harrison

Posted on 10/26/2010 9:44:44 AM PDT by Graybeard58

When Kacee Larson hit a deer with her minivan in July, the Iowa teen couldn't help asking, "Why me?"

It was the fifth deer she had hit in the past year.

But though Larson, dubbed "The Deer Magnet," has accumulated more than her share of deer collisions, she has plenty of company. Drivers hit 1.5 million deer every year in the United States, killing about 174 people and causing $1 billion in vehicle damage.

Insurance claims for animal collisions -- mostly deer -- jump in November, coinciding with mating season. In Connecticut, white-tailed deer breed from late October through December, leading to 1,893 animal-related collisions in 2008, according to the state Department of Transportation. And accidents with moose -- larger animals that more dangerously line up with a vehicle's windshield -- have averaged two each year since 2002.


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I've never hit one, I've come awfully close though.
1 posted on 10/26/2010 9:44:46 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
My sister hit one just the other day...tore up her Toyota pretty good on the front, but it was dark and she didn't stop unfortunately and she saw it by the median. She was wondering if it had been killed. Husband said by the damage to the car, it must have been killed and she was all upset....

I told her, "Take Heart, maybe it was a Democrat"

2 posted on 10/26/2010 9:48:57 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Graybeard58
Here is SW Pennsylvania there are dead deer strewn all along the roads. Interstate 70 is the worst. After deer raccoons are a close second.
3 posted on 10/26/2010 9:50:29 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Vote out the Royals on the 2nd!!)
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To: Graybeard58

For hitting deer, I use a lever action .30-30 Winchester rifle.


4 posted on 10/26/2010 9:52:47 AM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012. Kill "Obamamosque"@ Ground Zero)
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To: Graybeard58

Deer are the stupidist animals on Earth. You don’t hit them, they hit you. Once, hubby slowed down to avoid hitting one when it suddenly turned around and committed suicide on his back wheel rim. First week I had a new car and was driving home when one decided to have a stand off in the middle of the road with me - new car lost when the !^$@@$ thing started ramming me. That’s just a couple of many of my deer vs. vehicle stories. BTW, those deer whistle things for cars don’t work. Most animals learn not to cross the road after noticing their friends get smooshed on it but not deer. There’s a herd of about 30 that live here. First lesson in driving we gave to the kids was don’t dodge them and wreck but keep driving straight.


5 posted on 10/26/2010 9:58:40 AM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Gaffer

I hit a fox last month.

Just after sunrise. In the suburbs.

There are plenty of deer around. And coyotes too.

But a fox? Here in the suburbs of San Antonio?

What upset me (apart from the busted foglight) was that I injured her. Badly. But not bad enough to keep her from running off.


6 posted on 10/26/2010 9:58:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

There was a red fox in our garbage can last night.


7 posted on 10/26/2010 10:03:32 AM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Graybeard58
This can only shock a PETA member.

Let's see...suburbs extend out into the hinterlands because the cities have become unlivable, limiting the wilderness that deer have to inhabit. Couple that with increased hunting restrictions and a marked decrease in the the number of hunters.

My advice: Equip your Camry with a cattle-catcher and wear a helmet. 8^)

8 posted on 10/26/2010 10:08:47 AM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: Graybeard58
Deer meets minivan at 40 mph. While I was waiting for the cops to arrive to file a report, a rusticated fellow with an old pick-up came and asked if he could have the deer. I said "its not mine! Go right ahead!"


9 posted on 10/26/2010 10:20:13 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Graybeard58

I hit a deer on take off in my Cessna 310. A little over $60,000 damage.


10 posted on 10/26/2010 10:26:21 AM PDT by newbolt
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To: bgill

I hope I never hit one. I understand that an air bag slapping you in the face is an unpleasant experience too.


11 posted on 10/26/2010 10:30:17 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Mark Kirk "republican", Illinois, not now, not ever...Mitt romney - ditto.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I hit a fox last month... So did I. The doctor said only two more shots.


12 posted on 10/26/2010 10:35:48 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: 4yearlurker
Yep. We're the roadkill capital of the nation. Lots of rain and open spaces plus a relatively mild climate plus lots of well-travelled roads, most of which are not in the greatest of shape creates lots of vegetation and habitat for critters who are constantly wandering on to roads.

Not too many years ago, a study was launched to see what state produced the most roadkill. It was expensive and difficult to survey until somebody came up with the bright idea of turning it into a school fundraiser. The kids who rode school buses not only covered all the miles needed, but they also gave good, collaborative and cross-checked results.

13 posted on 10/26/2010 10:38:53 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Safetgiver

Next time, wear your fox condom
 

  • UNIDUS Red Fox condom
  • Ring type  
  • Longer than 17 cm length
4 USD


14 posted on 10/26/2010 10:41:58 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Graybeard58

Met my quota about three months ago. Thought I could swerve behind him onto the shoulder, but he swerved with me. I cut back the other way, but we didn’t clear each other. As these things go, I was very lucky. Probably partially due to the aerodynamic design of my Mitsubishi Eclipse. Crumpled the hood somewhat and damaged the AC compresser, but no glass broken, the car was still driveable, and the air bag didn’t deploy.

As I was getting out of my car to check for damage, I thought I saw movement in the rearview mirror, but when I got out, I couldn’t see what had become of the deer. There were no lights on this stretch of the road, and as bad as I felt for the deer, I wasn’t about to go looking in the dark for a badly injured animal that could put a hoof through my skull.


15 posted on 10/26/2010 10:42:36 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: bgill
There was a red fox in our garbage can last night.


16 posted on 10/26/2010 10:50:31 AM PDT by Moltke (panem et circenses)
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To: Graybeard58

I actually had a deer run into my car. I had seen deer running and was driving very cautiously at about 45-50 mph when I heard a thump on the side of my car. I turned my head and glimpsed a brown streak rushing by in the passenger window. A deer had run out of a cornfield and apparently tried to jump my car with the point of impact being the metal edge of my windshield. The deer brushed the side of my car clipping off a side mirror and scratching the paint. I was very fortunate as just with a few inches difference the deer could have gone through the windshield. While the damage was a dent in the windshield post, a side mirror and scratches in the paint, the repair still cost $2500.


17 posted on 10/26/2010 11:13:56 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: Graybeard58

So far in 2010 I have not hit a deer yet - knock on wood. If I make it to the end of the year it will break my 4 year streak. Yep - I have hit one every year for the past 4 years. Despise the deer in my area.


18 posted on 10/26/2010 11:37:23 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: Graybeard58

reminder to anti-hunters: my $10 hunting permit may save your vehicle - or your life if you drive one of those stupid little prius or smart cars things.


19 posted on 10/26/2010 12:02:32 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced, tattooed, pierced, harley hatin, meghan mccain luvin', smoker and pit bull owner..what?)
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To: Graybeard58

My husband hit one last week on the Natchez Trace going 45 mph.

No damage to his company truck but he was upset about hurting the deer.

One crossed the road, the other followed and he got hit. It doesn’t help knowing people feed them. You’d think after all those accidents people would learn but NOOOOO, they still keep feeding them.

It’s always a cute Bambi until one of their family members gets hurt or killed.


20 posted on 10/26/2010 1:04:04 PM PDT by Jacktown
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I-20 looks like a blood massacre on any given day.

The sides of the highway are littered with deer carcass.


21 posted on 10/26/2010 1:07:31 PM PDT by Jacktown
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To: Graybeard58

Deer are less careful when in heat... as are many other species.


22 posted on 10/26/2010 2:47:09 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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