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Here in North Texas (Sherman area) deer have never been a problem but there are a few deer crossing signs about. Been living here now just over 30 years and have never seen one on the road until the other morning. A pitiful little doe, naturally standing in the middle of the road in front of ME.

This was a morning I almost decided not to ride to work and take the car instead (listen to that little voice in your head). It was about a half hour before sunrise and dewey out with a little moisture settling on the road. I decided that morning to not get onto the slab but stay on the access road running along side. BTW that's pronounced "excess" road around here. I wasn't even making the speed limit running around 50 mph when my mind finally registered there was a deer standing in the middle of my lane. I probably lost a valuable second or two recognizing the threat but took Hough's advice and got on the brakes hard and straight, no evasive maneuvers. About the time she bounded away was when I realized I had gotten too much rear brake and was starting to slide sideways. Let me tell you Hough was right when he said that when you let off the rear brake during a situation like that the bike will right itself, violently. Damned near high sided and was wobbly for several yards before I had control again.

This time I had committed to to slowing as quickly as possible to lessen the impact if she hadn't of moved. I think that was a better decision than trying to go around one side or the other. As it turned out she bounded away in the opposite direction she was facing. You just never know with deer.
 

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Worst time for deer is just before sunrise and just after. Most times if they are standing on the road you notice them. It's when they pop out of the ditch that it is scary. There have been a number of times that I have seen the deer in the ditch just as I am going by them. They blend in so well. I wish they would just learn to cross the road where the highway dept. puts the sign, then all would be good.
 

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Glad to hear you escaped unscathed. I agree with your tactic of a straight line and full brakes. No matter what direction they're facing or even moving, you never know what direction deer are going to go. If you try to miss them, you might get lucky and you might not.

I hope if I ever face this situation (and it's very likely around here: the things are everywhere) I have the mental discipline to not try and swerve because I'm sure it's the first thing that goes through your mind and seems like a very tempting thing to do.

Good work. Sounds like your riding skills and mental preparedness kept you out of an accident.
 

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Glad to hear you were able to control the situation, out here the antelope will run beside you and all of a sudden cross in front of you.:animal0019:
 

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Thanks guys.

I actually made two errors that morning. The first is kind of subjective as I didn't heed that little voice, and the second was complacency. I'd ridden that same stretch over and over through the years and truthfully was on auto-pilot that morning thinking if I rode at a slower speed nothing could get me. That second or two I lost could be the deciding factor next time, and there will be a next time. The title of this thread say's it all, just need to live by it.
 

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My biggest fear of riding a bike is punting one of those things on my way to work... Pretty sure it would make the whole day bad.
 

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its the same with cars and bikes. dont try to swerve around them. just lay on the brakes and keep it straight. good job not hitting her and recovering. glad your not hurt.
 

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Glad all ended well. And you got to skip your coffee that morning I bet?
 

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Here in North Texas (Sherman area) deer have never been a problem but there are a few deer crossing signs about.
Congrats on your good fortune. Deer are so thick around here, year round, tend to forget some areas are not the same. As you have stated, trying to out quess em is pretty tricky. One thing I have learned over the years is that if you see one, there are likely to be more around. :)
 

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i grew up in northern wisconsin so I am always looking for deer even down here in new mexico even though its not likley. but sometimes up in the mountains i see em.
 

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Hi, I don't know Hough, but he is right. Force and weight directed forward, inertia, and terminal contact all point the residual effects forward , for the most part.... ahead of your path of travel along in a straight line....

Most of you know about my contact with wildlife a few weeks ago. I came around a corner, and in the apex of, saw two deer enter the roadway. I had two maybe three seconds to straighten the bike, look for egress, and make a decision, and slow the bike. thank God I didn't connect with the Large 4 pt! and only the 'little' guy....say, 100 lbs.

I took it straight in, he was looking backwards like he might return, but lept out after the big guy.... and Smashola ... right into my grill. The process is a good one, and makes sense if you can get the weight of the deer near the triple clamps, and the front of the bike frame. Which is what happened as he was in the middle of his last leap.
Hit him at 40... not 50 like I seem to remember. Still pretty frightening.

The only thing I can say is that protection made 80% recovery possible. Good riding gear is the rest of this equation.

----and I'm getting two bloody deer whistles for the next one....----

So, I too had a premonition or 'druthers' about that particular route, as it was near dusk.... and deer are active all night, and early/mid am. then at or near dusk.... Anyway it shakes out, its a good thing to discuss, and share points on right?

chris
 

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For what it's worth, here are a couple of articles discussing deer whistles.

http://advance.uconn.edu/2002/021118/02111812.htm

http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/cepublications/eb1677/eb1677.html

I don't know if they work or not, but even though they don't cost much, I don't use them. They certainly can't hurt anything, I guess.

Well, That subject did cross my discussions with others more than once, each without conclusions pro. I sense that they may not work too, but am willing to try ANYTHING to thwart the dumb rodents next time. And, to add to your link info, they don't start working till you hit 30 mph anyway. I was wondering about the range of frequency that they would actually respond to, and was also curious as to if these 'whistles' would call in the dogs instead? -- That would be , in effect, like acting like the pied piper and garnish the perpetual presence of all dogs within my direct line of travel....Yikes.

A friend told me that he used to drive down deer laden roads at night, all the while blasting his rock music as loud as possible... with the windows rolled down and he said that the deer spooked away from him. He might be on to something but I wonder if this could really work?... if so, we could be putting on speaker horns and piping mp3's through it. lol

...thoughts?

I just had another one.... what if we could get something like a scream box like they used on Corsairs in WW2? Do they make anything like this?
 
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