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Oh deer, they're on the loose again

Posted 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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Well, if anyone gets a kill, I'll meet them up at Pott's place and I'll pay for the processing. Deer meat knows no waste around here.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Nov 8, 2009, at 9:12 AM

I've only killed two deer in my entire life. Unfortunately both were killed with the front end of the vehicle I owned at the time. The last one was about two years ago just this side of El Bethel on 41-A North. This particular road kill ended up with a $3,200.00 repair bill attached to it. Is there any way that the bag limit on deer could be increased to alleviate this growing problem?

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Nov 8, 2009, at 11:27 AM

My sister once hit two deer in one week. One ran out in front of her and several days later, the second one slammed into the side of her car as she was driving.

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Sun, Nov 8, 2009, at 11:29 PM

I hope you don't feel this is "disrespectful" but I will never trust anything this guy writes again.

-- Posted by swoosie on Mon, Nov 9, 2009, at 8:42 AM

swoosie-who are you talking about? Just curious.

-- Posted by cookie on Mon, Nov 9, 2009, at 6:50 PM

I hit a deer one time and called the sheriff to report the accident and get a report for my insurance. He told me to get out of there quick before two or three armed hunters showed up to claim the kill!

-- Posted by chs61 on Mon, Nov 9, 2009, at 8:22 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.