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post #1 of 46 Old 07-10-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Deer in the Road, Something to Consider

I found this rather interesting and thought it would be worth sharing. The full article is over at The Truth About Cars]Deadly Threat: A Deer In The Headlights | The Truth About Cars

"...Deer, he told me, are prey animals who usually live in the deep woods and they rely a lot on sound to assess threat. A car closing in on them does not make a lot of noise because, thanks to the Doppler effect, it compresses the sound waves in front of it. This is also, as a side note, why someone walking on a train track can be easily run down by a train from behind and why, despite many bikers assertions otherwise loud pipes do not save lives. Out the back and off to the sides however, a vehicle does make noise and these noises are often reflected off the trees as it passes. The deer, whose ears are much more sensitive than the one you and I have, interpret these sounds as coming from the woods and as a result will almost always run up the road and away from a sound."
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Harley Motorcycle hits deer - YouTube

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Motorcycle Hits Deer Land Between The Lakes - YouTube

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Here's what we do to bring the numbers of forest rats back to a realistic level -- with no natural predators besides Buicks and the occasional motorcyclist the numbers of these vermin have exploded far beyond any sustainable level:

- Year-round nationwide deer hunting season.
- No limits
- No restrictions on baiting or weaponry. From golf clubs to photon torpedos, if it kills a deer it's A-OK.
- Venison month on Food Network. Iron Chef Deer Day, Alton Brown talks about the health benefits, Giada and her boobs whomp up a deer loaf, Guy Fieri stuffs his face with deerburgers, Bobby Flay BBQs Bambi, the works. All-out media assault to make deer the meat of the future.

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Bwringer has hit it on the nose! I almost got one a couple weeks ago. Dumb deer!
The Bobcat I saw on Sunday morning knew how to clear the road. Gave me a dirty look over it's shoulder as I went by.
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Here's what we do to bring the numbers of forest rats back to a realistic level -- with no natural predators besides Buicks and the occasional motorcyclist the numbers of these vermin have exploded far beyond any sustainable level:

- Year-round nationwide deer hunting season.
- No limits
- No restrictions on baiting or weaponry. From golf clubs to photon torpedos, if it kills a deer it's A-OK.
- Venison month on Food Network. Iron Chef Deer Day, Alton Brown talks about the health benefits, Giada and her boobs whomp up a deer loaf, Guy Fieri stuffs his face with deerburgers, Bobby Flay BBQs Bambi, the works. All-out media assault to make deer the meat of the future.
All good ideas but anything that involves Giada: I'm in!
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The west is different than the east when it comes to deer numbers as we have far fewer animals in most areas. Where I'm concerned while riding in the west I'm am not enjoying the ride in many areas east of the Mississippi because of so many deer. I know several riders who have hit deer and I also deal with elk that kill people in cars. Scan the ditches and brake hard if not tailgated.
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Here's what we do to bring the numbers of forest rats back to a realistic level -- with no natural predators besides Buicks and the occasional motorcyclist the numbers of these vermin have exploded far beyond any sustainable level:

- Year-round nationwide deer hunting season.
- No limits
- No restrictions on baiting or weaponry. From golf clubs to photon torpedos, if it kills a deer it's A-OK.
- Venison month on Food Network. Iron Chef Deer Day, Alton Brown talks about the health benefits, Giada and her boobs whomp up a deer loaf, Guy Fieri stuffs his face with deerburgers, Bobby Flay BBQs Bambi, the works. All-out media assault to make deer the meat of the future.

That's an interesting thought but in practice it won't work. There are not enough hunters these days. Kids play video games. Kids get taught in most schools animal rights propaganda. I live in one of the premier states for deer both in numbers and quality. Access to hunting land is very limited. When they announce cull hunts in the parks...a "service" hunters provide as the meat gets donated....bunny huggers turn out in protest.

And many hunters are the issue. In my state, depending on location, you can kill as many does as you want. But only one buck. I kill several does a year and pass on smaller bucks. But a friend I have would never bother with a doe and kills scrawny ass bucks every year.

Guns are not the issue. We can hunt with any legal centerfire rifle. Assault rifle, no problem with 10 round max clip. 50 caliber sniper rifle sure. Handguns...sure. High power scopes...you bet. If it goes bang and isn't a rimfire, its legal. Baiting is legal, but it does not work very well. Deer hit bait and most food sources at night.

Part of the solution.

The doe permit should be free.
A doe must be tagged first, before a buck can be tagged.
More state land needs to be open to hunting.

As for my little corner of paradise, trees come right to the road edge. You always see the deer after its too late to react. I consider the hour at dusk and dawn to be very dangerous. During the rut (breeding season) deer will be on the move and very intent on making little deer. November in my state is number 1 for deer strikes. Two years ago, I was by my truck having a sandwich and one doe came flying through the brush being chased by a buck and hit the side of my parked pick up.

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Deer... Everywhere here in East Texas!!! Some ditches are so overgrown you could pass with in a foot of the deer and never see it. Seems like the state would mow them more than they do but...

Humm I'm not sure if I agree with the author of the little blurb that the OP linked. "Animals are thinking creatures" I think he said. If so they need to rethink a few things. Like, I see a car coming so I'm not getting out in the road. Especially right after they just seen grandma literally knocked out of her skin by an 18 wheeler goin 80mph. Why don't they stop and think about the sound of the cars echoing off the surroundings and realize its not after them?

The first video was pretty cool... Laid that heifer out... Let her know Hogs dominated the road!! Though I figured he would have found a better place to stop before a big truck proved other wise...

Was someone hurt in the second video? The dude said they called 911. For the deer? Cut those hams off and find a BBQ pit!! Hell the bike is still parked in the road too. Oh well.

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Here is a video from a helmet cam showing a deer strike and how fast it can happen. The impact is at approx. 0:33, so you don't have far to watch. It is interesting to see the damage to the bike and the deer.

Motorcycle Hits Deer @ 85 mph | Helmet Cam - YouTube

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"Animals are thinking creatures."

Only a mooron would write something like that.
Someone suggested early on that they are the just the meat market in the food chain. They are just smart enough to turn grass into predator food.
Their hides do make nice gloves and riding apparel.
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