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I work for a company based in Kansas and the little whistles mounted on the front of the car really work. ..... They have big deer out there, if one of those hits you it is not panel damage you are worried about more the extensive hospital bill and a replacement car!

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On our last rip, we went up through the middle of NSW to Broken Hill, and then further afield. The number of emu's and kangaroos was amazing. It's been a good year for them since the drought broke.

We never travel at dawn or dusk, but even during the day there were many. I nearly collected a string of emu's that did, what I can only describe as doing a 'Beatles Abbey Rd' right in front of me. Four of them. A fifth nearly ran into the car once I stopped to let them cross, but a blast of the horn, and it veered away. I was only going pretty slow, because you can see them out in the scrub, so was wary, and also was a dirt road.

I don't have a bull bar, but have been contemplating it. Nearly everyone who tows a van here has one, but I don't like the thought of carting around all that dead weight. Roos and emus arn't the only hazards either. Plenty of wild goats, deer, camels, all introduced and legitimate live stock (sheep and beef cattle). There are also some big lizards, which is good, but they like to sunbake on the road, which is just not a healthy excercise. I unfortunately contributed to the demise of a few because I can't swerve around them with the van on.

 

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I live close to Cannock Chase and collisions with deer happen frequently.

 

One report from rangers I have read stated that around 200 deer have to be shot each year after being injured by vehicles.

 

That's only the numbers of deer located after collisions, others disappear into the forest.

 

                      Stay safe - Griff.:ph34r:

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My old LR Series 3 from the 1980s .

 

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That would do it!

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An engineer I worked with had a huge pick up truck with bull bars,

spotlights the works, one morning he arrived late. The truck was

a mess, wing torn off bull bars bent up by the windscreen, he had

hit a deer the size of a golden retriever (with longer legs)

The deer was in the flat bed of the truck and took two of us to lift.

I missed a Badger one morning going to work, It came out from the

side of the road and straight across I was just (while braking hard)

going to steer behind it when I thought what if it doubles back and

stayed where I was. It did double back and I still have a tuft of

Badger hair as a souvenir. Ten minutes later I was asked to take the

company 4x4 out to tow in a workmate who had hit the badger, his

car was a write-off.

For deer trapped in the headlights, slow down and dip or go onto sidelights

or they will keep running trying to reach the darkness beyond your lights

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Back in the 50s a motorcycle friend was killed in deer collision on the old A11 Epping High Road through Epping Forest - the deer was also killed but as a biker you stand little chance.

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I live close to Cannock Chase and collisions with deer happen frequently.

 

 

 

 

It must be me who was hitting them! Cannock Chase is a dangerous place right enough.

 

In 1967: Minivan vs deer in Etching Hill. .......Minivan lost.

In 1974: Hillman Hunter vs deer near Tackeroo. .......Score draw.

In 1987: Nearly new Escort Ghia vs deer on Milford Hills. .......Deer won but was then totalled by lady in a Triumph Dolomite coming the other way.

 

It's now a long while since I've hit one, I hope I'm not tempting providence, but these days I drive a lot slower and don't go out much after dark.

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I was coming down Tog Hill when a deer jumped up from below road level

into the path of a maroon coloured car it tried to turn and go back but its

hooves just skidded on the tarmac. The car hit it, the grille came off, the

headlight popped out, wheel trims flew the car bucked over the top of the

poor beast part of the exhaust came away but the driver kept going.

I stopped in a small pull-in to see if it was dead (and if I could get it in the Micra)

If I had the Astravan it would have gone home with me! It was dead but traffic

just kept running over it so not recoverable.

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Met a family a couple of years ago, got friendly and invited them to a BBQ. The father said he didn't eat processed meat, only road kill! Promptly products a skinned rabbit he retrieved from the side of the road earlier that morning, he cut it up and sure enough put it on the Barbie, although I eat rabbit, not too fond of bbq'd rabbit.

 

Send him to Devon, you could fill the freezer with Badger in no time.

 

Had a very close one on Exmoor a while back, with Mummy Deer leaping out of the undergrowth closely followed by Bambi. Last thing I actually hit was a parking meter in Bristol.

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My son hit a deer one morning on the way to work, he'd only got to the top of the hill, about 150 yds from home, when one ran across the road in front of him. ... unfortunately he didn't see the second one. ... straight over the bonnet of his Golf. :(

 

Our biggest problem with the deer is when they sit in the corn and make mini crop circles and then graze on the crops. :angry:

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Am I missing something, or can it be that nobody asked how the deer came off in this unfortunate encounter -apart from speculating on how much you can get for road kill? Caravans are repairable.

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Only if it was someone else who killed it, at the moment we get road killed roe deer at £25 each but its pot luck on how badly they're damaged, you have to dress them yourself and you never know when you'll get one, its much better if you get to know someone who controls them,

 

I prefer popping into the butcher for some lamb :)

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" Only if it was someone else who killed it, " seems to need a bit of explaining!

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The only animal incident you must report to the Police is a dog injury. I don't know why. There was an old wives' tale that you couldn't claim an animal that you had hit with your vehicle to prevent people deliberating running down wild animals. It was supposedly only the person following you that was allowed to collect it. I have no idea if there genuinely is a law about this.

Enjoy every minute of every day. It doesn't last nearly as long as you'd like, and there's no guarantee of coming this way again.

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I hit a deer 40 years ago, yes I can still remember it well. I was driving along a C road towards Mauchline ultimately heading to Ballochmyle hospital to pick up my missus from work.

 

A deer jumped across the road in front of me and I braked, unfortunately a second deer was following it and I hit it with my Vanden Plas Princess 1100. My car only suffered minor damage to bodywork and a broken headlamp.

 

Any way I turned back as I could see the poor thing by the side of the road so I picked it up and placed it in the boot. When I picked up the missus from work she could see that something was wrong and I said I had an accident and the poor "dear" I had hit was in the boot. Not knowing what to expect she and her colleagues were surprised to see a young deer staring out without even flinching.

 

I took it to the local vet in Mauchline who sorted it's broken leg but unfortunately it died the following day. The vet was annoyed that he had not noticed it had a ruptured spleen (I think) Funnily enough some 30 odd years later I had to take our cat to the same vet and I asked him if he remembered me. No he said but as soon as I mentioned about the deer he recalled the event right away.

 

BTW I never had a bill to pay for the deer, I wonder if the same would happen these days.

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When I worked in the Mendips, I used to make a point of driving on the catseyes,

the noise seemed to keep deer off that stretch of road I did see that there were

some whistles made for deer scaring

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On journey back up north yesterday evening from our first long trip abroad to france, I collided with a deer on the A1.

 

If I knew how to post a picture i'd put one on. .

 

Click on "More Reply Options" then provide link to the photo in your computer!

 

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Aha! Picture attached taken at the dealer last week. As you can see not a huge amount to look at. Some impact damage at the front which has gone through to the storage locker and a slight crease on the side panel.

 

Someone asked how the deer was after impact. Very much dead I'm afraid. It was dusk so I didn't walk back along the A1 to have a look but I saw it in the car mirror go spinning off to the side of the road.

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Used to do Corpach and Mallaig CO OP run starting very early in the morning and the deer was an absolute nightmare. B#ggers would be standing in the middle of the road by the dozen . ...... Other hazard being frogs. Especialy when its raining. Swore the road was moving in the headlights . ....... Funny enough you see deer grazing quite happy off the A77 behind the crash barrier just near the Silverburn Shopping Center only minutes from Glasgow City Center. ..... Friend of mine had his car written off after colliding with a deer and was off work for a couple of months. ........ You were lucky. ....

 

GAS . ...... :angry:

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I worked Shifts all my life and consequently travelled country roads

at all hours of the day and night. The number of deer (in particular)

that i saw injured but still alive was upsetting, just try finding anyone

that will turn out to finish them off. Through the company I worked for

I did find private individuals who would turn out and finish an injured

animal. The police and RSPCA would turn out for dogs!!

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In the late 70,s I owned a Bedford Bambi M/Caravan and spent the night in a road builders laybye on the "Pass of the cattle" (the highest road in Britain) on the road to Applecross. The next morning we were woken up by a crunch crunch sound, looking out through the curtains we saw a herd of deer grazing around the van.

When we arrived at Applecross we went into a cafe and told the waiter how wonderful it was to wake up that way. He said, "It wouldn't be wonderfull if one of the bu**ers had jumped over a hedge on to your bonnet, ***** vermin they are". :D

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Similar situation myself whilst parked overnight in the lorry. Cannie mind where I was but well up the A9 nr Inverness. Was wakened very early in the morning by this knock and thud. First thought was here we go the Gypoos are at ma diesel tank. Peeked out of ma curtain and seen this huge deers heed with the biggest set of antlers banging of the side of the cab as it munched its way through the rubbish in the roadside bin . ...........

 

GAS . ....... :angry:

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We were travelling North bound on the A1 a few month ago and had a lucky miss of the deer deciding to cross all 6 lane. It really was a hold your breath moment luckily she ran off and we all missed her more by good luck than anything else

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I mentioned deer to my old electrical boss and he said

to remember Abingdon. As we approached the turn off

a deer ran onto the junction and within minutes all that

was left was a smear of skin, such was the volume of traffic

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An update on this. ... loss adjuster came out and insurance co have agreed to the repairs. They will replace the whole left hand side panel and the whole centre (roof / front) panel - its almost a complete rebuild! I was almost hoping at one point that they might write it off but they said the scrap value would be virtually nothing. With hindsight, I'm glad they didn't write it off because we'd be back to square one trying to find the right van again.

 

So, a virtually new caravan for a few quid of insurance excess. I wonder what my premium will be next year!

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