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Deer And Vehicles

Posted Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 2:16 PM

Hunters harvest, as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency chooses to call it, deer.

Far too many deer harvest far too many motor vehicles.

What is the answer to this problem?

I agree with the majority of the programs by TWRA.

Some believe hunters should pay an additional dollar or two for the right to hunt deer. I'm sure the hunters have a different opinion.

Of course some farmers are also concerned with loss of crops due to deer.

Is the deer season too short or not long enough?

Have you ever had a vehicle damaged with deer darting across the across the road or crops damaged by deer?

Do you think non-hunters are getting a fair deal in this matter?

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Bo, if your question had been "DEAR AND VEHICLES"

you probably would have gotten about 659 comments!

I'm sure there are a lot more "passenger seat drivers" than there are deer hunters!

-- Posted by caligal on Sun, Nov 25, 2012, at 3:32 PM

License information for TN can be found at this link. http://www.tennessee.gov/twra/huntlicens...

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 6:43 PM

I am curious. What is the cost of a hunting license in the state of Tennessee?

-- Posted by cookie on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 8:46 AM

Hunters are already paying extra to hunt Deer! The cost of a big game license is above and beyond the regular hunting and fishing license. Also, the tax revenue and jobs created by the sales of firearms, ammunition, clothing, equipment, meat processors, etc. help fill the coffers of all tax collecting agencies.

I agree there is vehicle damage, but very seldom a loss of life to humans by Deer. Illegal immigrants on our roads cause both. If we want to do something to reduce property damage and death on our highways, then do something about illegal aliens on our roads and leave our law abiding, tax paying, job creating, hunters with a little more of their money in their pockets so they can support their families.

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 5:53 AM

Unless one can put the deer out of its' misery or it is a clean kill, everyone should be very cautious about trying to capture or help an injured deer. They can do a to more damage to you individually.

I had one run into the side of my van over by Normandy, but no damage to either one of us. I have also had one jump off a bridge while we were driving on interstate. It went right over us.

I suppose it was caught on the bridge when someone drove over it and the deer chose to bail out off the side. I never knew if it survived the fall or avoided other cars.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 8:15 PM

The most recent encounter occured about 3 years ago on hwy 41-A nar El Bethel. It did over $3,000 damage to my insured vehicle. However, the meat was delicious and I avoided having to spend thousands of dollars on hunting equipment, the required permits and a huge 4 wheel drive truck with a hood big enough to carry it.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 6:54 PM

Well if they were in open season with no harvest control it would be like the early 70's.You could sit under a tree all day and never even see a doe.About the only place to see a deer in the 70s was AERO.Now I think if a man is feeding his family he should not have a permit,but still have to check it in.Look what happen to the Buffalo,over hunted with no oversight from the states or government.There has to be checks and balances on all wildlife hunting and fishing.

-- Posted by kings11 on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 5:03 PM

Back when I was young driver..let's say maybe 1977...I had a dear deer jump out in front of me on old Tullahoma highway just after dark...I called the sheriff's dept. and told them I needed a report for insurance and they told me to throw the deer over my hood and bring it down there and they would....I saw the deer bounce when I hit...and could not talk it into stretching over the hood of my car...I think it was mad at me!....anyhow..I think there are many dear out there and we have to live with them...I am still jumpy driving at night after almost 40 yrs later...we just have to be cautious...asking hunters to pay more for hunting would be wrong...hunters have decreased in numbers due to the times we live in and the conveniences we have today. If I am not mistaking I think deer might even be farm raised for consumption now...we may be just one of the few areas left in the country where hunters will be passing down the deer hunting right of passage to the next generation...so I would not be for higher fees for family tradition!

-- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 7:44 AM

There is nothing wrong with responsibly harvested and consumed deer.

Why should they pay additional fees when they are doing a necessary thing both for the deer population, crop management and driving safety.

We live in harmony with our deer population. While they graze in our front yard and even walk in our garden, we have no garden damage except for one cantaloupe this summer. It was the first time we grew that and I guess they were just curious.

What do you mean by your last question Bo?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Nov 17, 2012, at 10:01 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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