deer near misses

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  1. vvillovv

    vvillovv Senior Member

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    I was traveling on a dark stretch of road alongside the river this morning at 5 am with regular cruise set at 28 mph and low beams on when all of a sudden I noticed a deer about 20 ft in front of me. OH NO!!! ! slammed on the brakes as fast as I could - seemed way to slow in the moment - and swerved to the right. Locked up the brakes and prayed!!!! Luckily the fawn was nimble enough to avoid being hit by my monstrous machine, but just barely deer. The machine seemed all out of wack after that like there was bits of deer in the suspension and tire tread, but I think it might have been just rough pavement since I'd just come off of a newly paved section of the road. Still ------ I locked up the brakes two more times to try to straighten out the confusion I had. but nothing helped. So I turned on the brights and continued on my way. 2 miles up the road I saw a second fawn in the grass on the side of the road and it was wagging it while tail as I dove by. I shut off my brights just as I passed the fawn - I've read deer get confused by cars lights - than turned them right back on again looking out for the next deer on my route.
    Life in the fast lane, gotta love it.
     
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    It is deer rutting season so extra caution is always needed.
    Never heard the term “like a deer in the headlights”?
     
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    We've got deer all over the place and the rut has started. This is "in town" so they are well feed by residents, etc. and are 240 lb monsters. Some of these guys have Pope and Young class racks.
     
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    Some (many?) motorcyclists call them forest rats. We saw three near the road on the way into town yesterday in broad daylight. (We're in Ohio, visiting.)
     
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    I live about 500 to a 1000 yards from the river I mentioned above, although I was at the time of this mornings incident about 10 miles upstream with 2 100 ft waterfalls in between there and where I am now. Anyways, below the second falls to the mouth of the river - about 5 miles - there is a 100 or so yards on each side of the river that is zone mostly as reserved wild with old growth and whats left of the rivers wildlife. There is also a Great Lakes beach and Arboretum about 6 miles away. There are a lot of deer and other wildlife in both locations. I saw a heavily racked buck a few weeks ago a few blocks from home. I've also got a few pics of a doe and brindle colored grown fawn sleeping in a neighbors back yard.
    10 years or so ago I had another near miss at 70 mph, of three doe standing on the highway at 3 am.
    It was similar to what I described above only this current time, even if I did make contact, I most likely would have only needed a new front bumper and maybe a headlight. Man was I happy that fawn got out of the way. And the backend didn't brake loose while trying to recover from a heavy brake and swerve, like it did on the high speed maneuver. The prime stopped almost on the dime from 28, as brakes locked up, Nothin to write home about but still I'm not sad thinking about what could have been.
     
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    Three of them--a mother and two fawns--crossed the road in front of me last Thursday evening on my commute home. Make sure you stay alert around dawn and dusk especially.

    My nearest miss was in 2016 outside Great Falls. The deer jumped out of the woods from the right, just in front of my car; fortunately it kept going, so my swerving to the right was just enough for its hind feet to clear the front bumper.
     
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    I know for sure I wouldn't be looking forwards to the next few months where I live if I were outside all the time.
    I tried to follow a deer though a thicket once. lesson learned. I'm still amazed at how they can keep moving when there is so little room between the branches and other stuff growing in the wood.
     
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    Hmmm. I just thought of the biggest scare a deer ever gave me. It was on a bicycle in western Colorado. Two friends and I were riding from Denver to the west coast.

    We were single file with me in front. To our right was a shallow ditch, then a fence, then another ditch, and then railroad tracks. A doe and her fawn were trotting toward us in the near ditch. Baby hopped the fence and took off across the tracks. Mama came up on the road, head down, coming right at me. I slowed about as fast as you can from 30+ mph on a slight downgrade on a bicycle. She was about six feet way when she changed her mind and followed the baby.

    And now, it's time to load up the car and head off in the dark and the rain to Iowa from Ohio ... in rutting season. :eek: Thankfully, neither the darkness or the rain should last much longer. Just till we get to the Interstate which has given us its own share of thrills with and without deer. :whistle:
     
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    Don't mess with Mama of just about any species. ;) Now that's intimidation.

    Safe trip. enjoy!
     
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    I had a near miss just a few minutes ago, 5:45am. In town, 4 lane, 45 mph, non-divided, residential section line road with solid houses/neighborhoods on both sides, sporadic lighting. I'd seen many deer on this section before so I was in the center lane to increase reaction time. I couldn't use high beams due to traffic. Traffic coming at me and one car 100 feet in front of me in the right lane, me in the center. A massive buck charges across from the right in front of the guy on my right, he hits him and the buck continues across right into the oncoming cars. Both cars hit him and send him flying right at me. He stops right in front of me about 10 feet away. I was in my 4Runner so I was high enough to see the whole thing in slow motion.

    Three cars damaged pretty good and me needing a change of pants . . . .almost.
     
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    I guess it's pants changing season. Last night on the way home from our trip, about two hours from home:
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    I only saw him for a split second. Mildred didn't see him at all. It was just a blur flashing by in the dash cam.
     
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    Nice to have the nice bright LED's. One of the best features.
     
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    The Prius headlights aren't bad. In fact, Mildred really likes them since she came directly from a Gen 2, but I was really wishing for my Prime's headlights when we drove at night.
     
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