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Texas Leads the Nation . . . October 30, 2008

Posted by Michael in Crime, News, Personal Experiences, Politics.

. . . .at getting killed by deer.  The Cheeseheads are right behind us.

WASHINGTON — Fatalities from vehicle crashes with deer and other animals have more than doubled over the last 15 years, according to a new study by an auto insurance-funded highway safety group that cites urban sprawl overlapping into deer habitat.

The report by the Highway Loss Data Institute found that 223 people died in animal-vehicle crashes last year, up from 150 in 2000 and 101 in 1993.

Since 1993, Texas had the most deaths from such crashes, with 227, followed by Wisconsin with 123 and Pennsylvania with 112.

via Dallas Morning News | Breaking News

I hit one myself a few years ago in San Antonio.  Nobody was hurt, but the car needed a lot of body work.

Collisions with deer are all too common today.  We’ve all seen  this:

When I was a kid, it was a rare treat to see a deer, but in the decades since the deer population has exploded.  It is estimated that the herd has grown from half a million at the turn of the century to 30 million today, and they continue to increase their presence in populated areas where they have no predators and abundant food.  In the process, they have become dangerous to humans and destructive to crops and landscaping.

It’s time to fight back.

I, for one, want to know what Barack Obama is going to do about this threat to our economy and national security.  Surely he has some kind of plan for the government to solve this problem.

In the picture below, we see the result of eight years of failed Republican deer management policies.

It’s time for a change.


1. eddiebear - October 30, 2008

PA is only one behind WI?

2. skinbad - October 30, 2008

Ah. An inward, 2-and-a-half Kia Windshielder.

Toe point? Very nice.
Entry? Ripped it.
Tail discipline? That is going to cost her. It should be rigid in the 10:00 position.

Probably a 6.5

3. eddiebear - October 30, 2008

The East German judge screwed up.

4. lauraw - October 30, 2008

half a million at the turn of the centure to 30 million today,

Holy crap!!!

They breed like FRUIT FLIES!!one


5. Lipstick - October 30, 2008

Tail discipline?


That was funny.

6. Cathy - October 30, 2008

GLAR Skinny. Knew we could count on you to deliver wry humor.

7. skinbad - October 30, 2008

Thanks. I’ll bet anyone $20 six months from now someone will show up on this thread to call me an a-hole animal hater.

8. Someone Six Months From Now - October 30, 2008

A-hole animal hater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!!

9. composmentis - October 30, 2008

Skinny comes through again. Well done.

We blast hell out of deer in Indiana. Ya’ll need to get better aim.

Adkins said there are no proven countermeasures, other than fencing, “which is extremely expensive and not practical.

Have you guys seen the fences along the interstate in Florida? Use them to keep gators and cougars from eating anyone who has to change a flat or take a leak.

10. kevlarchick - October 30, 2008

Here in my county, if deer are on your property, you can shoot them.

With a crossbow. How inconvenient is that?

And for some reason, you can’t collect deer roadkill. Why is that? If a deer is lodged in my windshield, that bitch deserves to be smoked and eaten as jerky.

11. Russ from Winterset - October 30, 2008

Eating roadkill deer is just one step above making possum casserole. When the deer get hit, they turn into one big bruise, and the meat’s damn near inedible. I mean, yeah, sure you COULD eat it, but it would taste like one of wickedpinto’s gym shoes.

Plus the collision usually ruptures the GI tract, and lets all sorts of nasty bacteria soak into the meat from the inside out, which isn’t exactly appetizing.

KC, at least here in Iowa, if you call the Department of Natural Resources right away after you hit the deer, they will send you a harvesting tag to put on it and you can keep whatever part of the carcass isn’t torn up. Maybe you’d get 30-40 pounds of meat out of a roadkill, but no more than that unless it got killed by getting hit in the head by a passing rearview mirror off a truck. As far as picking up roadkill deer off the road randomly, are you 100% certain how long those deer have been sitting there before you found them?

12. Retired Geezer - October 30, 2008

I don’t have time to find it but there is a pretty good picture of a Moose going through a car windshield.

It might be the Moose that bit Dave’s sister.

13. Raccoon Carcass - October 30, 2008

Possum casserole is teh SUCK. Too gamey. I’m tender and sweet. Plus you can make a nice hat outta me.

14. TGWFADD - October 30, 2008

It’s like Christmas!

15. kevlarchick - October 30, 2008

Russ, you may be right.

That whole “ruptured GI tract” thing gives me pause. Reminds me of Compos Mentis and his story. And since I’ve seen WP’s gym shoes, I had to suppress the vomitus just now.

Thanks for the clarification.

16. BrewFan - October 30, 2008

On a serious note, if a deer ever runs out in front of you, DO NOT take evasive action other then braking and if the roads are slick, don’t do that either. Just hit the son-of-a-bitch! Almost all of the people who get killed/seriously injured do so because they swerved to avoid hitting the deer which resulted in crossing into oncoming traffic or they ended up leaving the roadway.

17. Russ from Winterset - October 30, 2008

Actually, KC, raccoon meat IS pretty good. Especially when it’s cooked in a crock pot with BBQ sauce. Our local Sportsman Club used to have a fundraising dinner every winter, and they would bring in all sorts of meat to sample. One pervert even brought a possum in and cooked it up in an oven like a Christmas turkey one year. That damn thing was about as greasy as a whole bag of White Castle burgers, just from the fat he left on the carcass prior to cooking. One look at that thing and I thought “You know what, I’m gonna go see if they’ve got any more uncooked pork left to fill up the empty space on my plate instead.”

18. Michael - October 30, 2008

In fact, I’ve heard that kids in Texas are taught in drivers ed that they should not necessarily brake at all, depending on the car. If you’ve got a sedan and brake hard, you will push the front end down, which can result in the hood becoming a ramp that the deer slides up and then through the windshield.

19. Dave in Texas - October 30, 2008

On the other hand a wild pig can roll your car.

decisions, decisions.

20. BrewFan - October 30, 2008

If you’ve got a sedan and brake hard, you will push the front end down, which can result in the hood becoming a ramp that the deer slides up and then through the windshield.

Good point. Up here, where we’re bitter, cling to guns or religion and have antipathy to people who aren’t like us and have anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment which explains our frustrations, we mostly drive big honkin’ SUV’s and pickups so I didn’t think of that.

21. composmentis - October 30, 2008

I break for donuts. I accelerate for deer.

22. Dead Deer - October 30, 2008

I hit one myself a few years ago in San Antonio. Nobody was hurt, but the car needed a lot of body work.

Nobody was hurt? Excuse me?!!

On the bright side, I got to meet TGWFADD, so, silver linings and all…

23. TattooedIntellectual - October 30, 2008

Deer are a pain, but moose will kill your ass. As will a nicely fattened beef steer. Mess your day all up.

24. Sarah Palin - October 30, 2008

See?!!?? I’m doing a public service up here, and I get called Caribou Barbie for it. Thanks a lot, guys.

25. Cathy - October 30, 2008

Sarah Palin = S.P.


26. Michael - October 30, 2008

It took me a few minutes, but then I remembered what TGWFADD refers to.

Now I feel dirty.

27. MCPO Airdale - October 30, 2008

We’re being over-run with deer here in PA. Not enough doe tags sold each year. I-81 looks like a butcher shop in November.

28. eddiebear - October 30, 2008


What does it ….


*finds memory bleach!*

29. Michael - October 30, 2008

The Good Women Fry A Delicious Doughnut

30. Lipstick - October 30, 2008

What does it mean??!

31. Cathy - October 30, 2008

Lipstick, If it helps you feel better, I don’t know what it means either.

32. Lipstick - October 30, 2008

Must be something bad.

33. Cathy - October 30, 2008

^ working on it and what I’m coming up with is not nice…

34. Michael - October 30, 2008

Ok, Lipstick, YOU ASKED. It comes from an unusual legal issue arising in Wisconsin and involving a dead dear, which Ace covered in several posts, such as this one.

35. Mrs. Peel - October 30, 2008

The guy who [did something terrible to] a dead deer. It’s in reference to a deeply horrifying story that was posted on AOSHQ a while back.

36. eddiebear - October 30, 2008

Like I said, I need memory bleach

37. Cathy - October 30, 2008

My filthy mind and no background on the AOSHQ story came up with most of that one.

38. wiserbud - October 30, 2008

Years ago, I was driving a little Honda CRX and a huge buck lept out of the woods and was coming right towards the side of my car. He put his head down and skid into the door of the car. I thought I was a dead man as I screeched to a stop.

He hit the door of the car with the points of his rack, then lifted his head, looked at me, shook his head and turned and ran back into the woods. Left 6 little dimples in the door of the car.

Scared the crap out of me.

39. doubleplusundead - October 31, 2008

PA is only one behind WI?

Heh, we’d probably be number one if we didn’t have so many hunters.

40. Vmaximus - November 1, 2008

My Dad died a few years back, They had a trailer in Ohio that that summered at. A insurance adjuster wanted to buy it, he had to go to NO to work the Katrina aftermath. Paid asking price for the trailer and a extra $5k to have it delivered. My brother and I drove up to Ohio to pick up the trailer, crossed from WV to Oh about dawn on I-77
The road was littered with deer! I have never seen so many.

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