NFR Just Deer

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Old Man, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Did you ever hit a Deer doing 75 MPH?? I did, and it made a mess out of my front end of my wife's car. Picture's will follow when I get home. Right now I'm in Chicago. Don't ask. Plastic cars can't take much of a beating. It blew out the thing that takes the place of your front bumper. It screwed up my Radiator, the AC condenser, the power steering pump( a antler went through it). The bracket that supports the Radiator. The bracket that supports the Power Steering. Many dents in my hood from where the antlers hit. And numerous small brackets.

    The Deer was 7 point. They count them different in Minnesota. That's where it happened. The state trooper told me that. It also happened at about 1230 in the AM, and it was darker than shit outside.

    Since it was a Deer hit, My deductible is only 100 bucks. Total damage was in the neighborhood of 3500 bucks.It now sitting in Lurverne Mn. In a body shop. They are going to make it drive-able so I can get it home. My insurance paid for the loaner car I'm driving a 2013 Hundai(sp). A nice car.
  2. GAT Active Member

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    Wow! Glad you're okay. Hitting a deer at 75 MPH could have taken you out along with the deer!

    Plastic cars are supposed to collapse to protect the occupants. Evidently, it worked.

    Good luck with the rest of your trip! I know you weren't crazy about making the trip in the first place.

    Glad you're okay... insurance will fix the car.
  3. Chris Selvar Member

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    I've never hit a deer, saw a lot get hit and a lot of road kill ones driving back and forth from Pullman for 4.5 years for college. I did hit a porcupine on the way home one time though, I didn't know what it was at the time but when I stopped to get gas I saw all of the quils sticking out of my tires, good thing I had just got new tires with nice thick tread, or it probably would have punctured it! I did watch a semi hit an escaped cow on the hwy too... their wasn't much left of the cow and it messed the truck up pretty good too.
  4. IveofIone Active Member

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    Glad you survived OM, those things are usually fatal if the windshield gets involved. Two things- what is a nearly 80 year old man doing driving 75 mph and why the hell is he doing it after midnight? Geez, let me know if you need a few bucks for a motel, I could help you out!

    Ive
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  5. Tacoma Red Active Member

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    Shit Where Have I've Been? I missed your 20K posting !!!

    Glad your OK.
  6. Peyton00 Active Member

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    It's like the forum gods were reading his posts about not driving fast on the highway and only driving after noon and not going more than 10 miles per day. hmmmmm....
  7. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    did you get any deer steaks for your trouble?
  8. Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Glad it was just the car that needed repairing.

    MB
  9. rory Go Outside

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    Deductible was 100 bucks hahahahahaha. Well played!
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  10. Skysoldier Trout Hunter

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    Glad you are ok OMJ. I hit one once about 25years ago in a Ford F150, I could not believe how much damage it did to my truck and I was only doing about 27 mph on a dirt road.........hitting one at 75 had to have been crazy!
  11. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I was in the process of setting the cruise control. I came all the way through Montana and S/D with out seeing any deer. I got one mile into Minnesota and the damn deer was there. I hit it with the right front and also ran over it. I tipped to the left and the air bags didn't let go. Funny, I though that hitting a stone wall at 5 MPH they would go off. I guess a deer is different. What is funny is that it didn't even bother me.

    As for driving at night , I was kind of in a hurry to get where I was going. As it stood I only had to get to Chicago. My son took up the slack. Last night I stopped at a rest area and that's where I spent the night. I had the money for a Motel but didn't want to spend it.............I guess you could call me cheap. Oh well, I'm still here.
  12. Roper Idiot Savant

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    OM, takes a licking and keeps on ticking...tough old man...hooorah!
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  13. GAT Active Member

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    It's a good thing the air bags didn't go off... they are very, very expensive to replace and will sometimes total a vehicle due to the expense.

    You can now put a little black decal on your fender that is the silhouette of a deer (same as fighter pilots did on their planes during WWII for enemy aircraft they shot down). One of my co-workers has a deer silhouette and a bicycle silhouette on her Ford Ranger. She must travel a winding, narrow country road through a forest to drive to work and she's hit both a deer and a bicyclist (he was okay) while driving to work.

    I don't know if the guys in the Body Shop came up with the decals or if they are something you can buy. Anyway, you've earned a deer silhouette.
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  14. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    You live in friggin Montana and had to drive all the way to MN to t-bone a deer... go figure. Good to hear you're OK, they don't all end that well for the bi-peds.
  15. Eric B Montana hillbilly

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    That is what I thought too. I grew up in Flathead & Lake counties and everybody I knew had hit a deer with their car or truck!! What a pain in the butt, but it was also never very hard to fill a tag when hunting season came around (not with your bumper!!)
    Down by the Big Hole & Dillon, look out for elk, they will certainly trash your ride if you hit one of those!!
  16. Naches Sportsman Member

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    Did you take the head? I would of gotten a road kill tag if I were u and took the antlers. I've seen plenty of nice deer hit along the freeways back there when driving to see all my relatives near minneapolis st paul.
  17. 10incher Active Member

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    Tough old man... Hmmm... I think the nickname Tom is in order.
  18. Smalma Active Member

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    The number of whitetail deer in the upper mid-west is insane. A number of years ago I spend time fishing the spring creeks in SW Wisconsin and one had to be extremely careful on the back country roads at dusk as deer were everywhere. At the time the State was estimating that more than 200,000 deer were being killed annually by cars That is a lot of car/deer encounters.

    Curt
  19. GAT Active Member

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    It is odd that you managed to miss the deer on the roads in Montana (rated 5th) and hit one in Minnesota (rated 10th). Notice Oregon, Washington and Idaho are not even listed as states where the incidents of vehicle-deer accidents are common.



    So where does your state rank? Here's a list, from the highest risk to the least:

    West Virginia: 1 in 41.91
    Iowa: 1 in 67.09
    Michigan: 1 in 70.36
    South Dakota: 1 in 75.81
    Montana: 1 in 82.45
    Pennsylvania: 1 in 84.63
    North Dakota: 1 in 91.11
    Wisconsin: 1 in 95.68
    Arkansas: 1 in 99.24
    Minnesota: 1 in 99.51
    Virginia:1 in 101.97
    Nebraska: 1 in 110.60
    Wyoming: 1 in 114.49
    Maryland: 1 in 118.75
    Ohio: 1 in 121.09
    Mississippi: 1 in 131.35
    Missouri: 1 in 133.88
    South Carolina: 1 in 137.21
    New York: 1 in 145.45
    North Carolina: 1 in 147.27
    Delaware: 1 in 149.86
    Georgia: 1 in 149.88
    Alabama: 1 in 150.32
    Indiana: 1 in 159.61
    Kentucky: 1 in 161.12
    Vermont: 1 in 170.28
  20. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I usually don't drive in Montana after dark due to the high numbers of deer. I've seen them run in herds of up to 100 deer. That was up by Sheridan, Mt.. But when I'm traveling nothing counts except getting there. So when I get back to my car tomorrow and head home, I'm stopping at a motel. Wife says no more driving at night.

    I'm going to pick up some white tape and write the letters with an arrow on it pointing to the damage. "Deer Hit". It will all be fixed on my return home. I hope the tape can withstand high speed.