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Oh deer, they're on the loose againPosted Saturday, November 7, 2009, at 1:53 PM
Just how well can deer see?
An Associated Press story on hunters' camouflage quotes experts as saying that deer see "less than 20-20" like humans, but have a wider field of vision and, especially, detect movement much better.
Okay. So, if deer can use their vision and senses to get away from humans, why not cars?
I'm an expert on hitting deer with cars.
Back in the 90s an oncoming driver and I wiped out five of 'em at one time on U.S. 41-A North, just on the north side of El Bethel in the wooded area between there and Old Unionville Road by the junkyard. It was a mother deer and a herd of youngsters. The road was completely blocked.
There's nothing quite like seeing a deer scoot up the low hood of a '96 Camaro as if it's about to go through the windshield or T-tops. I'll never miss that car.
Several years later another deer leaped across Union Street from around Shelbyville Super Market, rammed the side of the Ford Escape I had then, kept going and apparently escaped to endanger more drivers. There was relatively little damage to the outer sheet metal of the Escape but inside the door and front fender was thousands of dollars' worth.
I'm seeing more deer this fall than I have in years, and more photos of large bucks brought in after youth hunting season than ever before.
Apparently we're overpopulated with deer again.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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