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The Fisher
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:05 PM 10/28/10 (CST)
Well....what do you do?

My wife and youngest son hit a large buck on the way home tonight..at about 8pm. They were doing about 45 miles an hour at the point of impact. Fortunately they were not injured...can't say the same for the buck...or the car for that matter.

It got me to wondering..how many of you have hit a deer with your vehicle? And I should clarify that I mean you hit it BY ACCIDENT! None of this vehicular road hunting in the tally! wink smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:01 AM 10/29/10 (CST)
I think it depends on the state, some might require you to report it, others might not. Growing up in Michigan, the law was if you hit it its yours. I'm not sure if its the same now though. A friend of mine was driving home from work on a January Fri. night when we were in college and hit a 100 lb. or so button buck, when he got home we went out in the alley behind our house and cleaned it. A fun way to drink a few beers and hang out on a Friday. We had venison stew for weeks, it was awesome. He told me however that if it had been summertime he would have just left it on the side of the road b/c it would have rotted by the time he got home, but w/the cold of winter it was perfect.

My friend also had a lot of damage to his car, he needed a new radiator, grill, had to have the hood straightened, etc. The stories I've read/heard of the animals rolling up on the hood and going through the windshield are scary, glad to hear everyone is OK.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:04 AM 10/29/10 (CST)
Glad no one was hurt Fisher! I’ve never had to deal with that unfortunate circumstance myself. Seen some cars that have though. I just hope I would keep my wit’s about me if I do. I fear my natural inclination would be to swerve and that’s not always the safest reaction.




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:15 AM 10/29/10 (CST)
Being in the pizza business, I have to deal with deer collisions quite frequently. This year, the tally is 2 already, and the rut is just getting ramped up. We deliver a lot of pizza during a prime movement time. I personally have taken out 3 over the years. My 1st ran out of a 40 acre paved parking lot in Plymouth. I had to track it in the dark with a cso to finish it off. I field dressed it where the Home Depot front doors are now located off county rd 6.

The advise I give my drivers every year is as follows; Do not swerve to try to avoid the deer! This may put you in the path of oncoming traffic or end up rolling in the ditch. Brake hard, and stay in your lane. Purchase collision coverage for every fall. Living and replacing your vehicle is always better then being dead.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:52 AM 10/29/10 (CST)
Back in the mid 80's I was heading home from a friends house up in Silver Bay at about midnight in the middle of winter. It was about -30 for the temp. I had tennis shoes on and no hat. Good coat and gloves, though. I lived in Duluth at the time. There are a couple of spots where the North Shore Drive changes into 4 (well, at least 3) lanes for passing. I was just approaching one of these when I hit a deer going about 60 mph. The truck was a mess and I was leaking antifreeze all over. I found a house that had a light on and asked if I could use a phone. I called the State Patrol and told them what happened and where the deer was. The guy at the house was nice enough to give me 6 plastic gallon milk jugs filled with water so I could try to limp my truck home. I had to stop every few miles when the motor overheated and dump more water into the radiator. I made it as far as Knife River before I ran out of water. So now its around 3 AM and I am stuck. I contemplated knocking on some houses to get help, but figured it was too late to be bothering anyone. So I hiked up to the expressway thinking I could hitchhike a ride to Duluth. I walked for miles and man it was cold. No cars at all at that time of night. Finally!!!! When dawn started breaking a bit, a guy in a Monson truck picked me up and drove me to within 4 blocks of where I lived. Next day I called my insurance company and they went up there and towed my truck to Duluth to get it fixed.

Moral of the story?

1. Always make sure you have warm clothes with you when traveling in the winter.

2. It can be VERY desolate up north in the middle of the night.

3. Slow down and watch for deer.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:32 PM 10/29/10 (CST)
While I was thinking about this some more I remembered another friend of mine in college, who was as hillbilly as hillbilly can be, once told me you don't swerve for anything smaller than a moose. Swerving, besides possibly taking you into oncoming traffic as noted above, can also cause you to lose control, possibly roll over, hit a tree or a utility pole, etc., all of which are probably worse than the damage a deer (or fox or coyote or whatever else) can cause.

Now that I live in South Florida, you would think that deer collissions would be a thing of the past. That's not completely true, there is actually a fairly large deer population in the Everglades, but the bigger problem is hitting alligators. Much like deer, they can scurry out in the road w/o warning and hitting a big one can be very dangerous and expensive, I had a friend who hit one and it did over $1,000 in damage to his car. Fortunately he was OK.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 08:10 PM 10/29/10 (CST)
my first ever 10 pointer. and i didn't even get the antlers. the sheriff did, costed me 18K in front end damage but I did as was to stay in my own lane, only problem I got rearended a second later.
no one got hurt but that poor buck went flying down the median..
he came flying out and I could have sworn he jumped over the truck that was on my right, 2 lane highway.




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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 09:12 PM 10/29/10 (CST)
18k in repairs! I want to roll like rickg. Minus the accidents, of course.




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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:51 PM 10/31/10 (CST)
yep that is what happens when you have a new vehicle and the INS companies have no requests for the vehicles part. so they fix em up..
that was so lame.. oh then I got another deer 5 weeks after. had to trade the truck in then..


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