: It's that time of year again.



GailyBedight
11-09-09, 10:03 PM
Saw my first dead deer on the side of the road over the weekend. Keep your eyes open until the rut is over.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F516jsZuEo

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-09-09, 10:05 PM
Thanks for the advice! I forgot how important that is to keep in mind, considering I drive 1200 miles a week for work, mainly through rural Minnesota.

Ranger
11-09-09, 10:38 PM
Ah yes, the rut is on. I seem tham all year, but you are right, it is worse now. Come to think of it, I think it was 2 years ago this month I posted "I Hate Deer!" and you know why.

C0RSA1R
11-10-09, 02:31 AM
Here's a question: does anyone know if those "deer whistles" actually work or not? I've heard conflicting stories, and I'd like to hear more.

dkozloski
11-10-09, 02:38 AM
Hitting a deer is no big deal. Try hitting a moose or a buffalo for a real treat. Either one totals the car 95% of the time.

eldorado99
11-10-09, 05:14 AM
Hitting a deer is no big deal. Try hitting a moose or a buffalo for a real treat. Either one totals the car 95% of the time.

Oh yeah, no big deal, I could buff that damage out with my Porter Cable:
(do not click links if you are sensitive to blood)

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Yeah I know a moose or buffalo is bad, but hitting a deer is no treat either.

Submariner409
11-10-09, 10:03 AM
Yep, those were in here last year or the year before. I think that's a van that hit a deer, it went through the windshield and wound up in the rear compartment and, apparently, no one was hurt seriously. About the same time there was a link posted to a series of pics of a fox that went through the grille of a Beemer, destroyed he engine, and was compacted against the firewall.

Here on the Eastern Shore the deer are everywhere - we have a small herd of 6 or 8 that go up and down the back property line every morning and evening. (Like someone else in here, I already have one in the freezer.) Rts. 50 and 301 are littered with dead deer - I saw 6 in one 30 mile stretch yesterday. One was a pretty little single point buck. You oughtta see Rt.50 here on the Island when a Kenworth hits a deer at 70. Blood and guts blasted down the road for 100 yards...........

Ask any of the good ol' boys over here what they think about deer whistles and you get a loud guffaw, a head scratch, and a long pull at the ever-present Budweiser longneck.

Ranger
11-10-09, 11:33 AM
Here's a question: does anyone know if those "deer whistles" actually work or not? I've heard conflicting stories, and I'd like to hear more.
Yes they work for what they where intended, getting the deers attention,
not scaring them away. I can vouch for that. You could get their attention in the middle of the road and they then stand there trying to read your license plate.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
11-10-09, 12:23 PM
"I hit one in a van, doing 55 mile an hour, with the headlights on and the horn blowin. Man that is an elusive creature."

dkozloski
11-10-09, 01:30 PM
A buffalo stands by the side of the road and waits for a chance to charge you. One local legendary beast dubbed "Old Joe" won a battle with a state trooper but had a Pyhrric victory with a contest involving an eighteen wheeler. They both were totaled. Moose are very hard to spot on the highway at night and are involved in 200-300 collisions locally/yr. Statewide there are probably 800 or more and another 300-400 involving moose vs. trains.

EcSTSatic
11-10-09, 02:37 PM
Oh please, everyone knows it's elephants (http://www.news9.com/global/story.asp?s=11448286) you have to watch out for!:duck:

There are deer carcasses like mile markers around here. That's why I hate driving at night on the blacktops.

dkozloski
11-10-09, 03:26 PM
Oh please, everyone knows it's elephants (http://www.news9.com/global/story.asp?s=11448286) you have to watch out for!:duck:

There are deer carcasses like mile markers around here. That's why I hate driving at night on the blacktops.
The elephants that forum members are going to be seeing are pink and on the ceiling.

Submariner409
11-10-09, 06:09 PM
:alchi:Whasshat mean ? Ain't no pink hefelumps here........

Ranger
11-10-09, 06:14 PM
"I hit one in a van, doing 55 mile an hour, with the headlights on and the horn blowin. Man that is an elusive creature."
Horns and lights just make them stop to see what's going on right in front of you .......... sometimes. I have had then walk right in front of me ignoring both AND screeching tires.
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/cadillac-deville-1985-2005-including-1985/37571d1195264095-i-hate-deer-dscf0369.jpg

orconn
11-10-09, 07:03 PM
In East Africa elephants are pretty easy to spot, it's the camels that get you everytime! I totalled a Mapping Mission long wheel base Land Rover when a camel came running around a blind curve in the mountains. Probably was saved from serious injury by the sunshield roof above the LR's regular roof. Aluminium is no match for a 1200 lb camel barreling head on into your vehicle. The Baboons were a problem too, not because you would run into them but because troops of them would bombard you with rocks from hillsides above the roads! We didn't do a lot of night time driving because if the rebels didn't shoot you (distinct possibilty) you might be eaten if you suffered a break down ..... the roads belong to the lions and hyenas after dark!

the recluse
11-10-09, 07:13 PM
Horns and lights just make them stop to see what's going on right in front of you .......... sometimes. I have had then walk right in front of me ignoring both AND screeching tires.

Yet snap one twig in the fricken woods and see 'em scatter. They're scared of your scent but not your car... stupid deer...:banghead:

Ranger
11-11-09, 12:40 PM
:yup:

Kev
11-11-09, 11:47 PM
Yet snap one twig in the fricken woods and see 'em scatter. They're scared of your scent but not your car... stupid deer...:banghead:Well, then piss on your hood before you drive at night or in deer infested roadways ....... :D

blue07cts
11-12-09, 12:17 AM
Ironic i should see this thread now, as i type the CTS is in the body shop being put back together after a run in last weekend with a BIG doe,


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joee5
11-12-09, 10:07 AM
I travel back roads to work and see them everyday. From my experiences if you see one, slow down because there will soon appear another. Be careful everyone.

Submariner409
11-12-09, 12:05 PM
I posted this last year about the same time.........This might have been from a Maryland Dep't. of Natural Resources gun safety course curriculum, but not sure.....

Someone opined that there are now more deer east of the Mississippi than there were in 1860. Why? Because then the Native Americans and settlers ate them 24/7/365. Now we only get a few in season.

Anyone have any idea of the national ratio of deer killed by cars and trucks to the hunting numbers ???

iowasevillests
11-12-09, 02:37 PM
Well according to a somewhat dated (Nov of 05) but likely still very applicable study done by State Farm from July 1 2004 to June 30 2005 they estimated there were 1.5 million car vs deer accidents a year that caused 1.5 billion in damages and 150 deaths. They listed the top 10 states for deer accidents(gross accidents only, not adjusted for population) as:

1. Pennsylvania
2. Michigan
3. Illinois
4. Ohio
5. Georgia
6. Minnesota
7. Virginia
8. Indiana
9. Texas
10. Wisconsin

As a pont of reference for number of deer harvested during season I know here in Iowa the DNR generally looks for somewhere between 110k and 130k filled tags/year. After a quick search I found that Pennsylvania in the 06-07 season harvested an estimated 361,560 deer, so although car vs deer accidents do kill a large number of deer it doesn't look like it will compare to the number that hunters harvest in season across the country.

I've just grown used to them, grew up in the country seeing them, have hit several, see them every day going to work and often see them in my front yard when I get up in the morning. Most of the corn is out of the fields lining the roads I drive on so that will make spotting them easier, but I'll still breathe a sigh of relief when rut is over.

State Farm Deer Accident Study (http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/04/news/newsmakers/deer/index.htm)
Pennsylvania Deer Season Stats (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?Q=171419&A=11)

orconn
11-12-09, 05:36 PM
I posted this last year about the same time.........This might have been from a Maryland Dep't. of Natural Resources gun safety course curriculum, but not sure.....

Someone opined that there are now more deer east of the Mississippi than there were in 1860. Why? Because then the Native Americans and settlers ate them 24/7/365. Now we only get a few in season.

Anyone have any idea of the national ratio of deer killed by cars and trucks to the hunting numbers ???

Afew years back, I remember reading that West Virginia had made it legal to take road kill deer for human consumption. Don't know whether this is stlli the case.

Submariner409
11-12-09, 07:05 PM
That is true. Over here, in the Shore counties, if you or someone hits a deer and has the presence of mind to call the police, a county Animal Control truck shows up, carts off the carcass and it goes to a local packing house for preparation and distribution to jails and detention centers.

Venison makes an excellent steak, and the backstrap (filet) is to die for. Haunches and rib meat make wonderful sausage and chili meat. Brew up a gallon of home made chili using both venison and sweet Italian sausage. Nothing finer...........

Ranger
11-12-09, 08:46 PM
Venison makes an excellent steak, and the backstrap (filet) is to die for. Haunches and rib meat make wonderful sausage and chili meat. Brew up a gallon of home made chili using both venison and sweet Italian sausage. Nothing finer...........
I just want to kill the vermin. I've said it before and I'll say it again. There ought to be a bounty on them.

I didn't think anyone would or could stop you from taking it. Hell, it's your kill and is gonna cost a lot more than the hunting license.