So earlier this evening, about 8 PM eastern time, I was driving to town to check the mail in our post office box. As I was driving down the road I was going about 35-40 mph and a small cat ran across the road in front of me. I tapped the brakes to give the cat a chance to get across the road. He jumped into a thicket on the right side of the road that came right up to the side of the road. As soon as the cat disappeared into the thicket, it must have scared a deer because a deer jumped right in front of me.
I saw a piece of plastic go bouncing over my windshield, but the car “felt” fine. There were no mechanical problems, so I drove to the nearest driveway and turned around. My intent was to shoot the deer since I hit it in the head, neck and shoulders, and assumed the injury would be near fatal, and I didn’t want it suffering in a ditch. As I walked around the car, I realized the damage was a bit more extensive than it felt immediately after the impact. I walked up and down the road with a lantern and didn’t see any signs of blood, or of the deer, so I guess it just shook it off and ran away.
This is the first time I’ve ever actually hit a deer. I see them all over, but I’m usually pretty good at avoiding them. This one just appeared, and did it so fast that I didn’t have time to react. I wasn’t scared or anything, in fact my first thought was just, “Ummm, OK, that just happened.” Anyway, just thought I’d share, 🙂