25 November 2010

The Venison Strikes Back

Up to Smith's, er... Smiths Falls today to look at tractors with a farmer buddy... and let me tell you, it was colder than an ex-wife's heart. Pretty country -- but the highlight of the trip had to be getting t-boned by a deer on the ride back home.

Our animal friend just appeared outta nowhere... crossing the road, we think... emerging behind an oncoming car and exploding against the driver's door.

It was dark and we were so stunned it took a minute just to realise what had happened. It must've been impressive, though... the car behind us pulled over as well, to make sure that we were okay... and provide an instant replay.

Apparently Rudolph wasn't K.I.A. -- he managed to pull himself off the road and head out for parts unknown.

Don't even want to contemplate the carnage had Rudy been another half-step to the right.

Anyway... good prep for our trip into the Devil's Armpit tomorrow. My antenna will be up and swiveling furiously.


13 comments:

hunter said...

That is why you need a rifle in your car. You needed to track down the deer and put it out of it's misery if necessary.

Patsplace said...

And a knife and a plastic sheet and...

Anonymous said...

This happened to me and my husband (then boyfriend) on a Manitoba highway about 20 years ago. We were soooo lucky, as we were driving in an RX-7. The driver's side door was totally smashed in but we weren't hurt. Thank God it didn't come head on into the windshield. The deer skidded down the road and ran like hell. I was so worried about the deer I forgot to comfort my boyfriend who had just bought this dream car less than a week before.

Barb

CJ said...

Ottawa Valley native here. Two things I learned growing up there ... deer and moose have large bodies and small brains, and there's no apostrophe in Smiths Falls.

Bert said...

I'd want a gun just to shooot the !@#$% thing for what it did to my car.

The Grey Lady said...

I agree with hunter,

We had almost the same experience except ours was a bear. That Bear managed to ditch us and we got to sit in the vehicle for hours while we waited for the bear to die. We were NOT getting out of our vehicle with one very angry wounded bear. What I wouldn't have given for a rifle or a frickin cell phone right about then.

Chris said...

Close call for sure. I'm glad you could walk away from it unharmed. My brother in law hit a buck a few years back and it completely flattened his sub-compact car.

JA Goneaux said...

Don't think we don't have deer here in Tranna: I've seen them on the top of the Scarborough Bluffs...

And my addition to the theme: Thanksgiving, just a few months ago, Muskoka. Driving with my wife, son and mom on a tour of the backroads for the colours. Out of the corner of my eye, to our right, a very, very large doe coming our way at ramming speed...no, that's a moose...nope. THAT's AN ELK!!!!

We missed it by a few feet (or, it missed us), and it just charged into the bush on the other side of the road.

I swear my heart rate is just now getting back to normal.

Neo Conservative said...

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"cj says... and there's no apostrophe in Smiths Falls."

yeah... sorry about that. corrected.

didn't get my a$$hole totally unpuckered until this morning.

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Josephine said...

Oh my gosh, Neo, I'm glad you're okay!

Josephine said...

A couple of years ago, we were driving on a busy highway back to Toronto from a nearby city. It was late afternoon and still light out. Hubby was behind the wheel and I was in the front passenger seat. I saw a deer running at full-tilt in our direction from the grassy area to our right. I said, "DEER!", hubby laid on the horn and without pausing or stopping the deer turned and ran back toward the woods.

A few minutes later, it happened again, except this deer was farther away from the highway and not running quite as fast.

Neo Conservative said...

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animal strikes are a fact of life out here... i know a woman whose son was tragically disabled after hitting a draft horse that got out of it's paddock... but this is the first time in the nine years we've lived here that i've been in a car that got nailed.

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ebt said...

You know what Homer Simpson said when he hit a deer?

He said, "DOE!"