Hubby Hit a Deer!

United States
December 29, 2015 3:23pm CST
A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend online. She asked me if my hubby got a deer yet. I was just about to tell her that the only way he would get a deer is if he hit one. Before I could type out the words the phone rang. Guess what? He had struck a deer. I had to drive my vehicle to where he was. The deer did quite a bit of damage to the front end of the truck. The bumper was turned into the right front tire. My hubby attached a chain to the bumper and the hitch of my vehicle and I pulled the bumper away from the tire. In our state, when you hit a deer, you can keep the deer or give it up to the game warden. It was a big doe, weighing almost 160 lbs. How he lifted her into the bed of the truck is beyond me. So, as a result of the accident, we had to share my vehicle. If I need the vehicle, I wake at 5 a.m., drive him to work, and return home. Then pick him up when he is finished with his shift. It was easy to do this when I was home on medical leave. I could return home and go back to bed for an hour or two. Now that I am back to work it isn't so easy. Thankfully we get the truck back on Thursday. Yay! I don't mind sharing, but would rather sleep an extra hour.
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@fishtiger58 (29386)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Dec 15
I think the rules for keeping a deer that you hit is the same here. So did your hubby clean that deer or have someone else do it? Do you like the way deer tastes?
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• United States
29 Dec 15
It was about 9:00 p.m. when it occurred. He hung it from a tree in our front yard and gutted and skinned it that night. Then he bagged the carcass and brought it to the workshop (which isn't heated). He started processing it later the next day. Then we took it over to my brother's house and they finished it there. I love venison. It is delicious.
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@fishtiger58 (29386)
• Momence, Illinois
29 Dec 15
@ElusiveButterfly Well that's so cool that he got the deer, how many pounds did you actually get?
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 We have a good amount of roasts, steaks, and stew meat. Hubby brought 20 lbs of meat to the butcher to be made into burger and sausage.
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@amadeo (43687)
• United States
29 Dec 15
we have plenty of deer around here.so far have not hit any and do not want to
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• United States
29 Dec 15
How's the hunting over your way?
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@PainsOnSlate (18653)
• Canada
29 Dec 15
I've hit one too and it was really scary. Thanks for the Idea I will write about it.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
I'll look for your post.
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@paigea (20001)
• Canada
29 Dec 15
It must be nice to have your vehicle back. I am glad he didn't get hurt in the accident.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
Thankfully he didn't get hurt. We get the truck back on Thursday. Until then I have to bring him to work and then pick him up after I get out of work.
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@rebelann (29232)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Dec 15
I hope the deer wasn't lactating, I hate thinking of babies losing their moms.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
At this time of year, deer are usually mating. She was not pregnant.
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@rebelann (29232)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Dec 15
Oh good @ElusiveButterfly at least there's no baby waiting for momma to return.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@rebelann I know. I often think about the babies left behind after hunting season.
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@sugartoes (32335)
• Greencastle, Indiana
29 Dec 15
glad to hear you got the truck fixed & running again & you can get that extra hr of sleep sorry about the deer though but it's hard avoid them in a flash of a sec I know but at lest it didn't go to waste thank god hubby is safe & sound hope things go safer for the new years
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• United States
29 Dec 15
Thank you Gayle. He was fortunate not to have been injured and the fact that the truck could be repaired is a blessing too. My husband drives wrecker and one of his coworkers had to tow a car that was hit by a deer. The car didn't fare well.
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@sugartoes (32335)
• Greencastle, Indiana
29 Dec 15
@ElusiveButterfly as long as the person driving thew car made it out safe that's the main thing right, cars verse's trucks has a BIG impact against a deer don't you think??
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@sugartoes Oh yes very true. I have heard of the deer flying across the hood and going through the windshield of smaller cars. Glad that we have bigger vehicles.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
29 Dec 15
It will be great when you get it back Elusive. I am sorry this happened, though you will have some meat for some time huh. So glad no one was injured also.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
I was delighted to have meat for the freezer. It will help curb the cost of food for a while. However, we did have to come up with a $1000 deductible for the repair. Ouch!!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
29 Dec 15
@ElusiveButterfly Always an expense and one you did not need. Happy New Year.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@TiarasOceanView I called our insurance company and upgraded so if it happens again we will only have a $250 deductible. Happy New Year to you as well!
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@mommaj (22768)
• United States
29 Dec 15
I hate hitting deer. They always seem to mess up my radiator as well as the front end. Hope it wasn't too much damage. I still have the kill tag for my first deer.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
He was worried that it caused damage to the radiator. The mechanic said there wasn't though.
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@mommaj (22768)
• United States
29 Dec 15
@ElusiveButterfly That's good. He got lucky then.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@mommaj he did indeed. Unfortunately we had a $1000 deductible to come up with for the repair. Not something that we have laying around this time of year. Christmas and fuel to keep warm, plus daily expenses took a toll on our bank roll.
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@Shellyann36 (7981)
• United States
2 Jan 16
A bit of good to go along with the bad. Glad that you will get his vehicle back soon!
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• United States
2 Jan 16
We actually got the truck back on Thursday evening. I was so happy not to have to get up at 5 and drive him to work!
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• United States
3 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly No doubt! We have been in that situation too many times to count. Enjoy that deer meat.
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• United States
3 Jan 16
@Shellyann36 Oh we are enjoying the meat. Thanks for the reminder actually. I have to take a roast out of the freezer for tonight!
@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Jan 16
someone going to enjoy the meat? Glad he was safe!
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• United States
3 Jan 16
We have been eating the meat ourselves. We did share some with my brother. My brother always shares with us when he gets a deer. He didn't get one this hunting season.
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• Centralia, Missouri
3 Jan 16
@ElusiveButterfly nice! at least something good came of it
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@TheHorse (50017)
• Pleasant Hill, California
30 Dec 15
Is the deer at the butcher now? I recommend a dijon vinagrette marinade. Heh.
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• United States
31 Dec 15
My husband and brother processed the deer the next day. The only thing we didn't process was the odds and ends that were too small for steak or stew meat. Hubby took it to a local butcher to have it made into burger and sausage.
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@TheHorse (50017)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Dec 15
@ElusiveButterfly Sounds good. I've had deer a few times. They say it tastes better if it didn't know it was about to be hit!
• United States
30 Dec 15
I never tried deer before. I live in California, it is illegal to collect roadkill. We have to report the accident with the policy and deer will be used for public scientific or educational institution.
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• United States
31 Dec 15
If we didn't want the meat the local game warden donates it.
• United States
31 Dec 15
@ElusiveButterfly I see! Very interesting how other states allow you to keep the deer. I learned something new!
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@gr8nana6 (2250)
• United States
30 Dec 15
Wow, I am glad that your husband wasn't hurt. Deer can do a lot of damage from what I hear. At least you got lots of meat . I love venison too, haven't had it since I lived in Michigan 37 years ago.
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• United States
31 Dec 15
I belong to a family of hunters, and my husband hunt too. We usually have venison at least 2-3 times a year.
@celticeagle (112952)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
So funny how that worked out with you on the phone with your friends and had just started to say that. Funny. Sleep is very important. Glad he had his truck back. I have a story like that too. Maybe I will share it here one day.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
I have been very sleep deprived since the truck went out of commission. Not easy sharing a vehicle. Can't wait to get it back!
@shshiju (9042)
• Cochin, India
30 Dec 15
That is very interesting. Here rarely comes rabbits not deer Lol
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@msiduri (5840)
• United States
30 Dec 15
YIKES! Well, glad he wasn't hurt.
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@jaboUK (48902)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 15
I hit a deer years ago, but just left it on the side of the road. It just dented the front of my car, but not too much.
• United States
29 Dec 15
You are lucky that it didn't do more damage.
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@jaboUK (48902)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 15
@ElusiveButterfly It was only one of those muntjak deer - they are quite small.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@jaboUK the doe he hit weighed about 160 lbs. There was another that he almost hit that was bigger than the doe. If he hit that too the damage would have been much worse.
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