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Old 05-06-2008, 11:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Touch wood, I've never smacked one either, and I do a fair amount of rural driving. When I see deer on the roadside or in the edge of the bush, I honk. Repeatedly. Same if I see one cross ahead of me (I assume there will be a second, third, fourth...)

If they turn to look at me, I also flash my lights. Normally, they run away.

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Old 05-07-2008, 12:37 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I think they should make hunting them less expensive. If it were cheaper I would hunt. Some states have ridiculous hunting restrictions, proper population control prevents disease and accidents. Tennessee in 2004 allowed farmers to shoot all they wanted because of crop damage.
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Old 05-07-2008, 04:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I live in the Manistee National Forest which is hunted heavily during the season, but that really dosen't control them. I see from 10-40 every day on my 26 mile drive to work. I've only hit 3 in 12 years, but had many close calls. Just part of living here. Certain times of the year are worse than others, spring and fall being the worst for deer movement. The Auto Insurance companies sued the state of Michigan a few years ago to reduce the number of deer. They wanted the deer population reduced by 1 million deer. They issued a bunch of extra permits, but it's only temperary. They breed like rabbits. And the deer hunters have a stonger lobby than the auto insurance companies.

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Old 05-07-2008, 07:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't know if it's a real law, but all my hunting buds say it is so I just go by what they say. But I think in IL You don't have to have any deer tags to hunt if it's on private property. See a deer in your backyard? just pull out the shotgun and shoot 'em from the porch! I'm not sure though, seeing as anything basically goes here because all the local cops don't really care as long as your not trespassing onto other people's property. They just ask what your doing and who's land you are on. Then on they go. Same with fishing.

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Old 05-07-2008, 10:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by DifferentPointofView View Post
How in the world did a deer Not die from bleed out in the wild... and still survive long enough to heal and not get eaten by coyotes? must be one lucky deer! Reminds me of what a friend said about seeing a 3 legged dog trying to pee lifting his leg on the side with the missing leg!

It almost looked as if it was surgically removed. Dont know how that would have happened, just a very lucky deer.

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Old 05-08-2008, 06:12 AM   #16 (permalink)
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In Michigan you need a tag, but landowners can get extras nocharge for deer damage. That doesn't mean they alway wait for a tag. there are always poachers.

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Just a quick tip:

When you see a deer standing on the side of the road or just crossed it, watch out for his buddies!

Deer are pack animals! They often are in a group of 3 to 5. Look out for the others!

The only time I hit a deer was at 23 mph. I think he hit me harder than I hit him. Good enough reason for me to drive a $500 car. I CAN'T take $1000 worth of damage!

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Last year I nearly flipped my truck swerving to miss one. He was on the shoulder, ran into my path running right to left..OUT running left to right and then BACK into my path right to left. Accident avoidance in a 2wd truck that mazda decided to put 4x4 supension on and call a dual sport is a bit scary. Every time I had to swerve I almost flipped over, even had a rollover warning on both sunvisors AND in the glove compartment.

When I was a kid I was riding my atv on a dirt road, a deer jumped over the top of me, almost kicked me in the head. Surprisingly I didn't need an underwear change.
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Ugh...deer are awful where I live. We need more hunters here to thin them out! Anyway, last year I had to deal with slamming into a deer at 45 mph and grapefruit sized hail all in the same week. I was going to get the damage the deer had done fixed until the hail hit. The hail totaled out the car. I was bummed b/c I liked that 2000 Honda Civic Si a lot.

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