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Ever had a run-in with a deer?? I did(23 posts)

Ever had a run-in with a deer?? I didPaulCL
Aug 21, 2002 9:22 AM
This AM. A deer ran out in front of me. Close enough for me to smell it and probably touch its' ears as it ran past. It surprised me too much to do that. What really got me was an instant later another deer ran behind me and actually jumped over my rear wheel. Scared the s**t out of me. I turned back just in time to see a big, brown, airborne animal.

I can't imagine the damage two deer (deer, not deers, right?) would do running broadside into a cyclist, specifically, this cyclist. Ouch.

re: Ever had a run-in with a deer?? I didsidley
Aug 21, 2002 ):43 AM
Never had one as close as you described but have startled several deer on my rides in upstate New York this summer. It is really amazing how close I get before they hear/smell/see me. They are worse than roller bladers with headphones.

Once came upon a 10 point buck on 9W on the way to Nyack (a common ride for NYC'ers just accross the bridge in suburban NJ). Saw him on a driveway so I pulled off the road into the driveway. He was at one end of the driveway and I was on the other. He squared off and stomped his feet, making it clear he wasn't scared and didn't intend to move. I got the message and got back on the main road.
Nearly had a collision thic springMel Erickson
Aug 21, 2002 9:46 AM
A deer ran in front of me. Hooves clattering and slipping on the pavement. Close enough to smell it's breath. Scared the bejeezus out of me. Can't imagine the carnage if I had hit it.
re: Ever had a run-in with a deer?? I didgodot
Aug 21, 2002 9:47 AM
Almost broadsided a couple of doe's at the bottom of a hill a few years ago. I turned just in time to see them gracefully jumping a fence.

My heart rate dropped below 300 after a few days.

Glad you are okay.
Where's Grzy? He's got a good one.Sintesi
Aug 21, 2002 10:07 AM
I once ran into a small herd up 4 mile canyon in Boulder. I cam close to two of them (15 feet) moved back into the trees. Very calm, very quiet. It was neat.
Grzy and the deer.Turtleherder
Aug 21, 2002 10:14 AM
Wasn't he the one that was rode like a rented mule by large buck? Deer that is. It's a great story. Excited animal, tired biker, piggy back rides and crashes all in one.
Deer Grzygrzy
Aug 21, 2002 1:53 PM

Got run down then jumped by a doe who then rode me piggy back, causing my to go unstable, during a blind corner, stike a guardrail on the opposite side (!) and get ejected back into to the street. Me the bike and the doe all go down in a heap with the doe on top. She promptly springs back to her feet and off into the woods. I'm left with a wanged rear Ksyrium, a tweaked rear deraileur and a bent hanger on my Serotta Legend Ti, two freshly skinned elbows, and a wife who is trying very hard not to laugh and show some sympathy. If she didn't witness the whole thing there probably isn't a soul that would believe me. All of this happened less than 100 yds from our driveway and the start of a ride during broad daylight. The shortest bike ride since my dad removed my training wheels 35 years ago. The doe was standing perefectly still and in absolutely no danger in another driveway when I rode past on the main road at 20 mph down a hill. If you told me what was about to happen there would've been no way I would've even listened to you.

I read an account of a MTB'er getting hit by a buck on a night ride and collapsing a lung from the antler. I've also seen deer repeatedly launch into 8' high deer fences only to get bounced back like a circus clown. The message here is that they are very flightly brainless animals, easily spooked and you can't begin to guess what they're going to do. Just because they're standing still with that expressionless blank look don't assume they're not about to do something crazy - give them lots of room - or you'll have some stories of your own to tell. ;-/
Where's the camcorder when you need it? lol (nm)bigdave
Aug 21, 2002 2:04 PM
I ride through herds of them...JL
Aug 21, 2002 10:42 AM
at Valley Forge Park by my house. At dusk, they are out in full force. They are on the road all around the park. You really need to be careful if you do see them.

When one runs across, I always slow down and check for the next. Frequently, they are not alone.

It can be scary, seeing what they can do to a car where you're sort of "protected". I can only imagine if you hit one on the bike.

Happy riding.

re:close call once last yearSruggle
Aug 21, 2002 10:46 AM
I was descending down a hill at near dusk when at the bottom on the bridge there was a deer standing with his rear to me. He did not have a clue I was there. At the last second I started yelling at the deer as at first I was going to slap it on the rear but common sense said do not do that at 28mph. The deer took off running away from me up the next hill. I paced it up 3/4 way up the hill while it ran along just in front of me in the grass along the road. every so often it would raise its rear legs and kick back at me. When I looked down we were going 27mph up the hill. Once close to a grove (Iowa farm country) the deer jumped the fence and went to the trees. If I had a HR monitor at that time I am sure it would have been a new max rate as I never would have climbed that fast and never have since then.
Struggle on
Only in Iowa is it so boring we chase the deer
No deer stories,Spoke Wrench
Aug 21, 2002 10:49 AM
But I once has a Great Dane, with bad doggy breath, run along side of me for about 1/4 mile.
Deer, and turkey all in same areabigdave
Aug 21, 2002 2:02 PM
I had a deer bolt in front of me on one side of a bend... not too close a call (25 yards or so) but a brief rain slickened the pavement. I can still see and hear his rear "wheels" scrabbling for traction as he headed for the woods. Thankfully, I was heading uphill near this curve (which sits at the base of a short, steep hill) and I didn't meet him at 35 mph on the way down.

Another ride, about 100 yards from where that happened... same one-lane rural road. I see a wild turkey near the on the left shoulder, and I'm riding near the right shoulder. It sits there until I get within about 20 yards of it, then it takes off running parallel to me at about 20 mph! I'm on one shoulder, he's on the other. He keeps it up for about 50 yards, then peels off into the woods. Funniest darn thing I saw.

bigdave races a turkey!!! best story in long timeDjudd
Aug 21, 2002 2:16 PM
re: Ever had a run-in with a deer?? I didPEDDLEFOOT
Aug 21, 2002 12:01 PM
It's happened to me a couple of times in the past few years.I usually ride on the trail near my home on weekday mornings.I start about 4AM and it's pretty dark out there.My light lights up the trail great but not to much more.A few times I've spooked deer and they shot right in front of me just as you described.It is a strange feeling when an animal gets that close.I'de rather take my chances with them at that time than the four wheeled ones though!
Thrift Drug Classic-Crashmikebikr
Aug 21, 2002 12:09 PM
Several years back a deer took out a whole pro team riding in a pace line during a practice ride near Pittsburgh. The team was from from Holland (I think). Pretty ugly from the stories I've heard. Broken bones for several riders and lots of rash etc.
Just YesterdayScot_Gore
Aug 21, 2002 12:33 PM
Just yesterday I spooked a big doe and she bolted across the trail about 20 yards in front of me. About the time I was crossing the spot she was at her fawn bolted the same way about 20 yards further on. It wasn't a close call, but I can certainly understand your concern.

I ride through a local regional park at dawn almost everyday. It's a rare day that I don't see deer. Most of them are off trail and just stand and stare. This regional park is probably about the size of the National Mall in DC and the DNR counted 250 deer in it two years ago.

The bunnys scare me more. The deer are skittish and run (away mostly) at the slightest provacation. Every day rabbits sit on the edge of the trail and pretend to be rocks until I'm right on them, then they run. I find myself drafting a bunny about a foot or so in front of me before it makes the go left/right decesion. I keep thinking it's only a matter of time before one runs into my spokes.

re: Ever had a run-in with a deer?? I didtheBreeze
Aug 21, 2002 1:59 PM
I met someone who told me about being on a ride several years ago with her future husband. She came around a curve on a descent to see him sliding on his backside facing UPhill. He had flown around the curve and T-boned a buck, endo-ed over its back and half scalped himself on the pavement. No helmet, just a cap, probably lucky he didn't end up relearning the alphabet. When she picked up his bike, the fork was bent parallel with the downtube and there were tufts of brown hair embedded in the pedals. Deer-1, cylist-0, but alive.
Deer are the stupidest animals on earth...Djudd
Aug 21, 2002 2:07 PM
I spent my formative years in upstate NY, seeing and dodging deer is a way of life there. They are completely ignorant and oblivious. I've had several run-ins with deer A friend and riding partner got wiped-out by one destroying a beautiful Colnago and breaking a leg in the process. The worst part is they are unstoppable, they jump fences, run onto roads, they don't care. Guess it's better than bears
A guy got killed recentlyp chop
Aug 21, 2002 2:12 PM
...tangling with a deer and getting a bad head injury (don't know if he had on a helmet). My friend got an e-mail announcement from the company they both worked at; I guess the guy was on his commute home.
Motorcyclist Cleaves Dear in twoniteschaos
Aug 21, 2002 3:30 PM
I was reading in an issue of Cycle World about a guy on a Yamaha Vmax going way to fast down a back country road. He comes upon a straight and gases it and is just at the 150mph top speed of the bike when a deer steps out of the trees right in front of him. He didn't have time for breaks, just stood the bike up straight and put his head on the tank. After a loup slap noise he "looked up and thought I had died and gone to Valhala cause I was still on my bike. When I got to a gas station it was then I realized I had cut the dear in two. Blood and guts down my left size, shit and entrails down the right." I wanna be the first guy to successfully do that on a road bike, cause I too have had close calls.
This is strange indeed.kcd
Aug 21, 2002 5:13 PM
A deer also came very close to me during my morning ride today. I thought I was going to hit it for a moment. I see deer here at times but never this close. I thought maybe the drought(eastern USA) had something to do with it. The drought has caused fallen leaves to cover parts of the trail, like the Fall.
Close encounter.......DINOSAUR
Aug 21, 2002 6:53 PM
I live in deer country. I see deer, sometimes dozens whenever I go for a ride. A couple of years ago, I just completeted climbing a hill and changed to the big ring preparing to descend. Out of the woods to my right the largest buck I have ever seen in my life came bounding out onto the road about twenty feet in front of me. He must have been a twelve pointer and weighed about 200lbs. His hoofs hit the asphalt surface of the road and he did some slipping and sliding then he made it across the road, did a couple of twitchy moves like Arnold Schwarznegger, then he disappeared as quickly as he had appeared. He was an awesome sight. If I had been twenty feet ahead of the spot where he lunged onto the road he would have hit me broadside and probably would have racked me up, big time. Never had one jump over my rear wheel though, I think that must be a once and a lifetime experience.
Encounter with a bearcabinfever
Aug 22, 2002 5:07 AM
I'm riding with my uncle last year on a country road, when about a quarter mile ahead of us, there is a bear in the road. He points it out to me, and I begin to slow down. My uncle is a bit of a lunatic, and yells, "Let's get him!" like the Toyota Tacoma commercial. He sprints to the bear. Fortunately, the bear was spooked and took off. I lauged my ass off though.