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#1 Oct 26 2012 at 8:28 PM Rating: Good
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First time ever, but it was kind of a blessing.

A month or two ago I gave a telephone pole a little love tap. A backing up accident, turned sharp to my right and the pole was in my blind spot, cracked the front quarter panel on my vehicle. Kept putting off getting it fixed, didn't want to file with the insurance company, etc. Then fast forward 4-5 weeks, early morning, hit a deer. Right in the exact same spot. Busted up the headlight a bit, and pushed the panel back into the door so as I opened it, the crinkled the panel even more.

Now I get to have it all fixed, and pay a much smaller deductible than if I had to file a collision claim. So hitting the deer saved me 400 dollars.
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#2 Oct 26 2012 at 8:40 PM Rating: Excellent
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and hey, free deer right?
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#3 Oct 26 2012 at 8:52 PM Rating: Excellent
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Was it a buck? If so attach the antlers to the hood of your car so you can challenge the other deer for their territory. Once you win you'll have a deer-free driving route, and all the doe you can tap.
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It was a small deer, antlerless. Not sure if male or female.

It was a slightly strange year apparently. There were fawns running around well into the fall. The one I hit looked like it had just lost its spots. There was a doe and two other small, but spotless, deer with it on the other side of the road when I hit this one.
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For about $60 you can buy a colony of dermestid beetles. Animal skulls can sell for around $50+ each. I wonder if you could make worthwhile money collecting roadkill and selling the skulls (and potentially other bones, although I'm guessing vehicle damage would put a crimp in that). Just line your trunk with something and every time you see a roadside corpse, toss 'er in the trunk.

Consider this my free money making tip passed on to you since I don't think Flea is going to let me start this enterprise.
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For about $60 you can buy a colony of dermestid beetles. Animal skulls can sell for around $50+ each. I wonder if you could make worthwhile money collecting roadkill and selling the skulls (and potentially other bones, although I'm guessing vehicle damage would put a crimp in that). Just line your trunk with something and every time you see a roadside corpse, toss 'er in the trunk.

Consider this my free money making tip passed on to you since I don't think Flea is going to let me start this enterprise.

Back when I was beading I stopped a couple times and collected porcupine quills from roadkill.

These days though I'd think you could sell animal bits pretty readily on the intranet. Trapping around here, for skins, has gotten pretty lucrative in the last few years. I wonder if squirrel tails would sell?
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It was a small deer, antlerless. Not sure if male or female.

It was a slightly strange year apparently. There were fawns running around well into the fall. The one I hit looked like it had just lost its spots. There was a doe and two other small, but spotless, deer with it on the other side of the road when I hit this one.


So you basically killed Bambi.
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Bambi's 60 years old. I don't think it was Bambi.

edit: 70. Math's hard

Edited, Oct 29th 2012 5:52pm by Uglysasquatch
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gbaji wrote:
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It was a small deer, antlerless. Not sure if male or female.

It was a slightly strange year apparently. There were fawns running around well into the fall. The one I hit looked like it had just lost its spots. There was a doe and two other small, but spotless, deer with it on the other side of the road when I hit this one.


So you basically killed Bambi.


And saved me 400 dollars on car insurance!
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#10 Nov 01 2012 at 4:21 PM Rating: Decent
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And allowed you to commit insurance fraud!!!

Maybe you and Gbaji should hang out. Insurance frauds and tax cheats go hand in hand!
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#11 Nov 01 2012 at 4:34 PM Rating: Good
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How is it fraud if he did legitimately hit the deer?

At this point, it's not like he can tell the body shop to only replace the deer crumpled parts of the fender and leave the crack in the middle alone.

Fraud would have been calling the insurance company last week and telling them he hit a pesky unicorn that jumped in his way.
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#12 Nov 01 2012 at 4:47 PM Rating: Good
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It's not like they'd be able to replace the panel to the exact state it was prior to the deer collision.

And if you think about it, I saved the insurance company close to 3300 dollars. If I had filed the initial claim and got it fixed, It would have cost 3800 dollars, minus my 500 deductible. Then again another 3800 minus my 100 deductible. The insurance company would have paid out 7000 dollars. Now they only pay out 3700.
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#13 Nov 02 2012 at 6:02 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm guessing when they did the estimate for the deer hit, you didn't mention that you had had a previous collision with something in the same area. That's the part that's fraud. I agree you saved the insurance company money, but technically you should have paid your collision deductible.
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#14 Nov 02 2012 at 5:26 PM Rating: Decent
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But we're talking a cosmetic dent and paint chipping/cracking (that may have lead to rust) with the pole hit, and a panel shift interfering with the door opening and a headlight enclosure shattering caused by the deer hit (as well as a few cosmetic dents down the length of the vehicle caused by the body of the deer).

If you had dent in your bumper because of a small collision, but a month later a tree limb fell on your car and put an even larger dent in same the general area, would you file a collision claim because of the existing damage in the same area?
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#15 Nov 05 2012 at 9:32 AM Rating: Good
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If the first hit was minor, then yes I agree with you. The way I read it, it sounded like the deer hit didn't really cause that much more damage.
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Bambi's 70 years old. I don't think it was Bambi.
He killed one of the many direct-to-video sequels, and no one cared.
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#17 Nov 05 2012 at 7:09 PM Rating: Good
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If the first hit was minor, then yes I agree with you. The way I read it, it sounded like the deer hit didn't really cause that much more damage.


The way I read it, the first hit (telephone pole) didn't do much damage other than cosmetic. The deer did.
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If the first hit was minor, then yes I agree with you. The way I read it, it sounded like the deer hit didn't really cause that much more damage.


The way I read it, the first hit (telephone pole) didn't do much damage other than cosmetic. The deer did.


Well he said he cracked his front quarter panel, by which I assume he means his fender. A cracked fender isn't really cosmetic damage. but whatever.
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If the first hit was minor, then yes I agree with you. The way I read it, it sounded like the deer hit didn't really cause that much more damage.


The way I read it, the first hit (telephone pole) didn't do much damage other than cosmetic. The deer did.


Well he said he cracked his front quarter panel, by which I assume he means his fender. A cracked fender isn't really cosmetic damage. but whatever.


If it doesn't impede your ability to drive your car in an effective and safe manner, then I don't see how it's anything but cosmetic.

A busted headlight and difficulty opening the driver side door, however, are definitely more than just cosmetic.
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so.......did you keep the meat?
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No, I didn't even stop. It was a small deer and it did no real damage to my vehicle, I didn't bother. I asked the insurance company about it that day and they said they did not need a police report.

Opening day is Thursday, I'm positive I'll have enough venison from friends and family to appease my appetite for the year.
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No, I didn't even stop. It was a small deer and it did no real damage to my vehicle, I didn't bother. I asked the insurance company about it that day and they said they did not need a police report.

Opening day is Thursday, I'm positive I'll have enough venison from friends and family to appease my appetite for the year.


Backstrap, sliced into medallions, pounded thin, panneed and served with fettucini alfredo is one of my favorite things to eat.
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#24 Nov 15 2012 at 5:42 PM Rating: Good
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The stuff brought in by friends and family usually comes in the form of venison jerky or sausage. Occasionally pickled venison hearts. Or ground up and replaces pork/beef in other recipes. Rarely a steak or two are brought in.
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Yeah, one of my mom's former co-workers was a hunter and whenever he killed a deer he would turn the backstrap into cutlets and bring it to the office and cook it in the full kitchen they had. And he would always make sure to tell my mom to invite me over to have lunch with them if I wasn't working.
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You know why Deer jump in front of cars at night, right?

It's because they're the dumbest animal on earth, but allow me to illustrate:

You're approaching a deer on the side of the road at night and at speed. Your headlights illuminate the deer and cast a shadow behind it.

You are a large, loud, and bright moving object coming towards the deer, but they tend to be used to that.

The problem is deer are probably the stupidest creature you'll ever encounter.

Remember your headlights casting a shadow behind them? Well as you get closer, the angle changes and the shadow moves slowly behind them.

Then it moves faster.

Then when you start getting really close, the shadow speeds up even more. Just as you're about fifteen feet up the road the shadow crosses behind the deer if they're facing up the road.

So now the deer, being a stupid f*cking deer, notices a fast moving dark shape behind it. The deer would rather take it's chances with the familiar two tons of metal going 40 miles an hour than it's own goddamn shadow and jumps away from the latter, right in front of your vehicle.

Kinda makes sense doesn't it? Why their timing tends to be perfect?

Edited, Nov 19th 2012 2:17am by Raelix
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Raelix wrote:
You know why Deer jump in front of cars at night, right?

It's because they're the dumbest animal on earth, but allow me to illustrate:

You're approaching a deer on the side of the road at night and at speed. Your headlights illuminate the deer and cast a shadow behind it.

You are a large, loud, and bright moving object coming towards the deer, but they tend to be used to that.

The problem is deer are probably the stupidest creature you'll ever encounter.

Remember your headlights casting a shadow behind them? Well as you get closer, the angle changes and the shadow moves slowly behind them.

Then it moves faster.

Then when you start getting really close, the shadow speeds up even more. Just as you're about fifteen feet up the road the shadow crosses behind the deer if they're facing up the road.

So now the deer, being a stupid f*cking deer, notices a fast moving dark shape behind it. The deer would rather take it's chances with the familiar two tons of metal going 40 miles an hour than it's own goddamn shadow and jumps away from the latter, right in front of your vehicle.

Kinda makes sense doesn't it? Why their timing tends to be perfect?

Edited, Nov 19th 2012 2:17am by Raelix


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I thought they were in cahoots with the vegetarians?
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Deer are in cahoots with the insurance industry. They are on the take to drive your deductibles up.

Actually around here in Michigan, the conspiracy theorists are saying that the insurance companies are in cahoots with the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) and have been introducing diseases into the Whitetail Deer population to reduce their numbers and by extension reduce the number of Vehichle/Deer collisions.

The latest one has been an outbreak of EHD. Official word is the drought has caused it, something about how the creatures to act and the biting flies that spread it. I guess people are finding small 'herds' of deer laying dead in fields because of it.

There's also Bovine TB and the Chronic Wasting Disease.
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