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I was just wondering how often this type of thing happens when you are salmon or steelhead fishing? I usually keep my rod carrier on that side of the truck and if that’s the place the deer are shooting for I may move it to the driver side even if it interferes with my driving a little. Those rods cost money you know.

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Have not had that happen but do fish a high desert river where there are alot of apple orchards along the river and deer can become a serious road hazard, especially just before dark. Its so bad that there is a sighn on the side of the road telling you how many deer have been hit so far that year on that stretch of road. At times you just can't relax at all while driving because every 1/4 mile another runs out in the road. I am from Nebraska and there are tons of white tails feeding on grain and such but never encountered any thing like this before.

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Charlie,

That's one heck of a way to get some meat when not in season! Damn near field dress the critter at the same time too.
 

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Very close .. but no C-Gar.

Darned lucky in my opinion. I've had tree limbs in strong storms miss my front window by inches (bless auto insurance to clean up what 'it' did to the top of my car); neighbors who've had to 'replace their auto's due to 'dear deer.'

Nor. Cal., you just knew where to drive at 25 mph because of wondering cows. Hwy 42 cutting across from 101 to I-5: the Geese stretch. 75 mph to 20 or you just purchases a lot of really LARGE 'ducks.'

Sheesh.
 

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Someone I know jammed to a stop to avoid a deer
on a road with a wood on each side. Then a herd
came out and crossed the road in front, back, over,
and through her car. It was totaled.
 

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Man, I wacked a deer late on night this fall on the way back from a trip. Did that ever suck! Completely ruined a great trip. Luckily the deet didn't try to jump on in with me like this one seemed too. You got to be careful what you say to those deer, Charlie, they sometimes get mad and try to get you!
 

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This is why we should carry a fillet knife and some clean plastic bags in the back of our suvs or pickups.

If God gives us the gift of Venison, we need to be able to butcher it for future enjoyment.

Seriously that must have scared the h out of you.

Most of the California Bambis in my area weigh a little more than my 3 year old grandson, Bubba Bam Bam. They hit the side of my Bronco and bounce off with no dents in most cases. If I can stop safely, I am prepared to finish the sacrifice.:devil:
 
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In this place we have kangaroos, and emu's. The roos generally beat up on the front or the fenders but emu's have long legs and can go through windscreens. The problem with emu is that they bleed and have feathers and car which has ingested an emu is basically stuffed. Max
 

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sacrificial venison---Gpandpa Spey

When venison knocks(!!), you just can't say no! I had the same thing happen to me two Thanksgivings ago. The Toyota was full of ducks, decoys, and a couple of pheasants, but no room for a deer. Especially a 200 lb. 10point. However, a quick trip home, and a quick trip back, and the deer was ours. Tasted damn good, but by the time I figured in the cost of the car, it was about $80 a pound! Gotta figure out a better way!!
 
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Well emu is terrible tucker, but roo is OK We don't butcher road kill roos but we should at the current cost of a pound of steak. Max
 

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We have a restaurant in the Napa Valley which has a Game Dinner Theme for about two weeks every year. During this two weeks they serve game entrees from Cobra to roasted Roo.

The Roo that they serve is superb. It is like lamb but better tasting to us.
 

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Fortunately most of the deer living where I fish in N. California and SW Oregon are the Columbian Coastal Deer. They are small and often the best and only real meat is the back strap. They normally just bounce off and then die by the side of the road.

So they seldom do damage to a bigger pickup or SUV. So a couple of quick slits to expose the tenderloin/back strap and then two quick removal slices is all that is required.

I had not thought about them hitting the racks holding the rods.

My wife gave me a set of the rod racks for Christmas and they are great. I only use them on the rivers to go from hole to hole.

We have too many wild kamikaze turkeys in N. California which would devastate graphite rods at 50 to 55 MPH. I hear that Wild Turkey Breast is great when seasoned with Emerald's Blast, coated with olive oil and cooked on a Weber grill. :devil: Just rumors, you know.
 

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We have too many wild kamikaze turkeys in N. California ..

Man can I relate to that from a few years back. Northern Sonoma county was (probably still is) over run with the darned things. Great to watch them but they can do some major damage in vineyards.

One of my greatest weekends was in a vineyard just south of Healdsburg. Were there as part of a Vineyard Mgmt class earlier in the week and the owner remarked that he had a REAL problem. Offered him a suggestion to 'thin out' the birds.

My Father was the Canadian Grand National shooting champ back in the '40's (Mom was no sloutch either) and taught me how to shoot 'small bore.' Soooo, deal was I'd come over late in the afternoon, he'd set up a small table with a bottle of wine and a couple of glass' ... and I'd bring a 'brick' of .22 LR's. Bird would poke his nose between a vineyard row .....

Lets just say his Hispanic Crew ate very, very well for the next couple of weeks. The pre-work activity was also quite frequent up at Chat' Souvrain where I worked during the weekends. Only small hand guns were allowed for harvesting. Several of the crew were very good shots and kept the rest of the 'staff' in freash meat.
 

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Here is another Russian River Area Wild Turkey story.

This past November, I was returning from fishing the Russian. The sun was setting, and it was getting dark. The road from the river to Calistoga is a very curvy road with speed limits posted at 25 to 35 mph in many spots. I was in one of the worse curvy areas, and I ended up with a local thug on my rear bumper stickers in his new 350 dual wheel pickup. I was driving about 5 mph over the speed limit and there was no place to pull over.

He was using the N California thug way of driving, that is getting on your rear bumper stickers until you are forced to pull over.

I hit a little straight away an sped up to about 50 mph with my new bumper sticker thug right with me. Then, I heard what sounded like a 5 inch shell bounching off the top of my Bronco, the rear fiberglass section. I looked into my left rear view mirror and saw the carcass of a large wild turkey skittering off my Bronco and hitting the tailgater's window. Then, his truck got hit by about 8-10 more turkeys in full flight. They were smashing his windows denting his hood, and fenders and two were stuck into/on his grill. He lost both headlights during this Kamikaze attack by the wild turkeys. :eyecrazy:

He made it to a little pull over spot and pulled over. He probably needed a new pickup, but he should have had enough turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had no safe area to pull over, so I left this road thug with his new turkey friends. :rolleyes:
 

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Had a similiar occurance. Was going from expressway to expressway on a long curving ramp. I used this ramp everyday, so it was pretty hard to stay with me. However, some guy was trying hard, right on my tail. I noticed his beater had no grill on the front. I looked forward, just in time, to see what looked like a blown radiator hose on the road. I couldn't miss it, so up it went, right into our hero's radiator! He looked like a steaming, hissing comet as he arced over to the side of the ramp. I had about 15 minutes more to get to work, I think I was still laughing when I got there!
 

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About 8 years ago our oldest son was a similiar situation of on ramps, off ramps and on again in light traffic.

He had a big Mercedes trying to mate with his F250. When he got to the second expressway, the mating action happened.

He pulled over to the side and there was no damage to his F250. There was a piece of the Merc's grill on his big tow hitch. There was a big hole in Merc's radiator the size of his tow hitch. Steam and radiator fluid were spewing out of the new Merc.

The tailgater had the accent to go with the Merc. He was complaining about the damage done by my son's truck to his new Merc.

My son laughed and said, "Do you want me to call the cops or the Triple A for you. If I call the cops, you will be charged with following too close."

The maniac shook his head nien and ask for a tow truck. My son placed the call and left the Merc after he removed the piece of the grill and threw it on the pavement in front of the Merc.
 
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One thing about Roo meat is that it is polyunsaturated, has very little fat and is very healthy meat. It is cheaper than steak in the supermarkets and makes great beef and blackbean. A full leg of roo does up equally as well as a leg of lamb, except that it tastes better. The back strap is great and it makes great sausages. I have a very green golf course across the street from my house and often have a half dozen roos on the lawn. Day times we have pink and grey parrots on the bird bath and my wife feeds the things. Get about 20 regulars on a daily basis. Great outer city living. Max
 

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"A full leg of roo does up equally as well as a leg of lamb, except that it tastes better."

The two times that I had a leg of Roo, I was in total agreement with your above comment.
 
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