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Old 01-15-2020, 11:11 AM   #1
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So little late but was headed to the lease last Friday and was about 20 minutes from being there and a prob I would assume 3 year old 8 pointe kamakazied me and jumped in front of me with only what seemed to be about 8-10 feet between bumper and him. I was going 75 on the dot and had cruise control on and didn’t have time to react what so ever. Been hunting and driving in south Texas for 30 plus years and this was my first. My wife and 2 kids where supposed to be with me but changed their mind Thursday evening so it was me and my brother. Luckily he went under instead of over so there were no human injuries. Had deer whistles on the truck and this is the first tome I can think of that I was even close to hitting a deer.
Feel like the damage to the body could have been a lot worse but it split the core support in the front and pushed it through the condenser and into my radiator so I was dead in the water knocked my power steering pump plum off. Being 220 miles from home really sucked thank god for friends with car-haulers.


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Old 01-15-2020, 11:14 AM   #2
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Trucks can be fixed. Thank God you weren't hurt. Could have been ALOT worse.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:17 AM   #3
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Dang, thats some bad luck to be that close to camp and get hammered. First one in over 30 years isnt bad though.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:26 AM   #4
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Each one is different, sometimes the damage is worse sometimes not so much! Have driven through deer infested countryside all my life, my record impacts for 1 year was 7 including a 2fer. Give your thanks it wasn't worse, pay for as bad as it was then go buy a good grill guard, those things are great at times like that!
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:30 AM   #5
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I figured it would look alot worse than that! Glad ya'll are ok! I would have a ranch hand brush guard on my Tundra if it didn't have sensors n the front bumper.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:43 AM   #6
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Glad you're okay. Lived in deer infested Wisconsin my whole life. Never hit one. My dad has hit dozens. Just got to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

BTW, those deer whistles have been proven to attract deer towards your vehicle, not away.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:43 AM   #7
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Sorry!
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:48 AM   #8
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That's why i purchased a Tough Country Brush guard.
I took out 2 does at 65mph dead center with my brush guard. No damage, except to the deer. When in Texas on a full moon in Hill Country Back roads, its, raccoons, skunks, deer, axis, porcupines and even a badger that get the beat down unless I can avoid it. I never swerve, that is when the human gets hurt. Just brace yourself for the impact. Critters lives are not worth me swerving and possible running off the road or flipping. CR2523 and CR3008 in Edwards and Kinney County are really bad if the side grass isn't mowed by the County. 3' tall grass, you never see them coming until it's too late.
I have added a light bar to reach way out there to see them way ahead of time. This has helped a bunch.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:50 AM   #9
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Looks like you might have broke the deers jaw
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:56 AM   #10
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Glad no peoples was hurt but that sucks on the truck though.


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Old 01-15-2020, 11:58 AM   #11
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Glad you are okay. I grew up in west Texas and hit seven deer while I lived there. I know how fast it can happen.

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Old 01-15-2020, 12:02 PM   #12
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glad it stayed away from the windshield.
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:15 PM   #13
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Looks like you hit him head on. No ricochet!v

You must have knocked off 7 of his points.
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:17 PM   #14
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Rage broadheads do the same thing to a deer
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:55 PM   #15
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Glad you were not hurt. Now it's time for the smell to set in. I hit one like that a couple years ago and that truck still smells like cooking death long after being repaired.
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:03 PM   #16
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Look around, you can get a replacement bumper(Ranch hand, etc.), for cheaper than what it will cost to replace the original parts. Did it with my old dodge several yrs ago after hitting a dog and a deer within a several month period.
Glad yall are ok!
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:24 PM   #17
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Wow. Glad you were fine
I bought a new truck and put a ranch hand on it
My next home is in the country and there are dead deer all over that highway in Brown and Comanche co
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:33 PM   #18
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This was the only piece of horn that was still intact that I could find on the shoulder. I tried to find the rest in the grass but I could find a few other slivers but that was it. Oh yeah his jaw was definitely broken. Luckily the company is only out the 1000$ deductible and insurance will take care of the rest. And for sure replacement bumper with grillgaurd will be going back on there for sure. Got to wait and see what the company wants to do as they have said they may just fix it and sell it and get me a new truck as I was only about 25,000 miles from a replacement anyways. And if it does get replace a grill guard/ bumper combo is definitely going on before I take possession of it.


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Old 01-15-2020, 01:37 PM   #19
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Was definitely a dead deer hotspot. When we got back to the truck the next day in the daylight within about a qtr mile stretch there were 5 dead deer on the highway.


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Old 01-15-2020, 01:37 PM   #20
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Ground that buck up something fierce. Could’ve been worse. Glad you’re ok.


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Old 01-15-2020, 01:39 PM   #21
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Glad you guys are all right!
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:43 PM   #22
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Personally I would have gave him another year before creaming him like that.
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:51 PM   #23
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Thank God you were in a Toyota. Could you imagine if it was a. Fill in the blank

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Old 01-15-2020, 02:15 PM   #24
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Normally I would say "cut out the backstraps" but in this case...

Glad he didn't come over the hood and through the windshield.
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:19 PM   #25
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Man glad everyone was ok.
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:30 PM   #26
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gnarly!
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:38 PM   #27
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Had it been a Ford it woulda been about like hitting a June bug. Had it been a Dodge the deer would still be alive and the truck totaled!
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:40 PM   #28
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Lots of times a replacement bumper doesn’t keep damage from happening on the ones where you can’t slow down any. I cratered a ranch hand one year but it was a mule deer at 95ish mph haha
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:31 PM   #29
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Dang first one? I think I’ve hit 5 or so and only been driving 8 years haha. Hit two at once one night and hit one on a motorcycle....

You gonna get a full front replacement bumper?
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:37 PM   #30
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Thankfully you weren’t hurt. Get u one of these.
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Old 01-15-2020, 04:56 PM   #31
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I feel that tundra could have gotten you back home no problem. And lasted longer then most other trucks on the road after.

Glad you got out of it with only truck damage.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:01 PM   #32
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for 5 years I commuted from Brownwood to Brady 5 days/week. First and only deer I've hit since then was the very next Monday morning after installing deer whistles on my then 2004 Nissan Maxima the previous Friday afternoon. :/
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:20 PM   #33
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I figured it would look alot worse than that! Glad ya'll are ok! I would have a ranch hand brush guard on my Tundra if it didn't have sensors n the front bumper.
I have a Ranch Hand on my '15 Tundra and it does not affect the sensors at all? Maybe year model you are referring to, but ALL the Tundra bashers know their models never change in design, lol.

Glad you are ok and you might want to check out the sensor concern, at least with my experience.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:17 PM   #34
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More road kill deer now than during the rut

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