Hit a deer with your car or had a deer hit you. I HAVE MADE CONTACT WITH THESE Bambis on several occasions and usually they were not serious enough to make contact with those wonderful insurance
companies. The first one ran in front of me close enough to dare me to hit her. I hit a hind foot and ended up with mud on my bumper. No deer damage and no car damage. Then a small one ran into my front fender and again, no serious car damage but the poor deer——!
Then ,I had one jump in the road after dark and my rear view mirror hit her in the head. Not the rear view in the car, the one out side on the door. I am sure she had a sore nose but nothing beyond that. No car damage. Finally, the ‘BIG ONE’! A great racked six or eight pointer with does on his mind charged in front of me and after contact flew over the left side of my windshield and left hair and fecal matter on the side of my Lumina van. Sadly, he didn’t survive and I had $1600.00 of damage to fix.
Politically this type of situation is two sided as usual. Or three or four sided. The insurance companies want the hunters to get rid of as many as possible. Fewer deer, fewer claims as you would expect. The hunters agree with a larger limit on bags allowed.
The government wants to regulate the limits and does. The problem here is that the animal rights people want more and more deer and fight or lobby against increases in the take per individual hunter. The insurance companies lobby against the PETA people and as usual, the politician goes wher the money is, to heck with using character and common sese to decide Right now the Insuarance and hunter groups are winning and bag limits have gone up.
One thing is certain to me and my observations. THERE ARE TOO MANY DEER. Two people have been killed by cars knocking deer into other vehicles.
I don’t have exact numbers but in the past few years about two hundred thousand deer have been taken by hunters n NTS and about the same number have been killed by cars.