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Oh, deer me!!!

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at 10:01 PM

Have you or any member of your family ever run into a deer with a vehicle?

I've had one deer accident. A large doe ran directly in front of my car. The doe was killed. My car, fairly new at the time, naturally, was drivable but heavily damaged.

My son had five deer run into the road in front of his car and an oncoming vehicle. All of the deer were killed. His car sustained some minor damage.

Six years later he had a deer run into the side of his vehicle on Union Street near Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church. The deer survived. His SUV had some fairly heavy damage.

My family must attract deer. A little fawn came up to our rear patio door, apparently saw its reflection and pawed at the door a few times before my wife walked to the door and the fawn ran away.

I enjoy watching the deer, but I'm not a deer hunter.

Our deer population has grown so big it has become a problem to motorists and farmers.

Was it so many years ago when we had no deer at all in Bedford County? And now we have deer all over Bedford County and within the city limits of Shelbyville.

Several years ago when I had my encounter with a deer the Tennessee State Trooper who worked the accident made an interesting comment.

He said the deer were put here for the hunters but the population had become so heavy it had become a problem.

His suggestion was that a charge of one to two dollars be added to the cost of a hunting license and that extra fee should be made available to motorists to help pay for damage to their vehicles.

What are your thoughts on this problem?

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I wish I had some hunters in the family. I could really go for some deer stew if this winter is going to be as cold as the smaller wildlife are predicting. (Has anyone else noticed how fat and fluffy the squirrels, rabbits and birds are right now? I think they're getting ready for a cold one.)

I really don't see where "taxing" a few hunters by adding a couple of dollars to the license would help. That's like punishing hunters for the action of their "victims". Deer are only following their instincts to cross busy highways in search of a mate, and to find food.

But, I do see where overpopulation of deer almost warrants a lift on the limits of the number a hunter can claim. I'll admit, I don't know much about hunting laws, but isn't there a "bag limit"? Say, 1 doe per hunter during bow hunting time, 1 buck during rifle season, etc? Why not raise the limits for a year or two, and see what the population is doing.

If there are any hunting families who have killed more than they can eat for the year, let me know. I can meet someone at Pott's in Wartrace, and I will pay for the processing. I'd love to lose another 30 pounds like I did 2 years ago, eating deer meat insead of beef. My doctor was amazed. If I could eat deer for 2 more years, I'd be back at my healthy weight, lol!!!

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Wed, Oct 31, 2007, at 6:10 AM

I was an employee of the Tennessee Game & Fish Commission (now TWRA) 1958-60. During that period they brought deer down from the north & stocked them at AEDC. It's difficult to realize how much that one stocking has multiplied in our area.

My husband is a hunter. If he kills a deer now, he usually donates it to Hunters for the Hungry.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Wed, Oct 31, 2007, at 7:24 AM

Lots of hunters do not buy their licenses yearly, I know a bunch who have a lifetime sportsmanship license. Infact, my 3 year old has one. :0)

A few years ago, my dad was out for a drive in my stepbrothers brand spankin new Trans Am and TOTALED it when he hit a deer. Yikes!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Oct 31, 2007, at 7:45 AM

I heard of one proposal to take a big hunk of land away from humans,let it grow wild,stock it with native predators,prey and equivalent endangered species from other lands.

Apparently,the proponents don't see much risk of introduced species causing troubles or small populations getting wiped out in the transfer and competition.

It's supposed to return us to where we were before Man interfered.

There's even been talk of hiring the aboriginal peoples to police the land as they did before the Europeans invaded.

If something like that were implemented,surplus deer could be eaten by wolves or great cats along with gazelles,bison,zebus,brumbies or what have you.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Oct 31, 2007, at 8:54 AM

Add a little extra on price of license. Most deer hunters don,t own enough land to hunt on, Most of them hunt on someone elses land. Deer & turkey are very costly for farmers. Deer tear up fenes & turkey crap all over cattle feed. Farmers would welcome open season on both species. If you want deer & turkey to hunt, buy 200 acres of land, fence it off w/8ft chain link fence & stock it. Buy feed for them & see how much the farmer spends to support your habit, Thanks for letting me unload on this subject

-- Posted by dkg114 on Fri, Nov 9, 2007, at 8:31 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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