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Old 01-06-2009, 08:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Based on the last three posts, some here must find this discussion divorced from everyday experience. Maybe, but I drive a 150 mile route in the middle of the night in very rural South Dakota. Last night, I only saw eight deer on or crossing the road - the late winter deer season opened up last weekend and they are shy again. The previous week I was seeing more like 20 - 30 per night. About 120 miles of my route is on narrow two lane black top (25 to 30 feet total width) with little or no shoulder and steep ditches on either side. Sometimes (approaching the crest of a hill or pull-out) deer come charging up out of one of those steep ditches and I have less than a second to react.

Aside from the deer, there is also the occasional escaped cow or horse to worry about. (Rancher's here abouts seem to have a real preference for Black Angus - stealth cows. A species I wouldn't mind going extinct)
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