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Deer slayer (a misnomer)

Posted: January 19, 2012 11:50 a.m.
Updated: January 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.

To characterize me as a deer slayer, a hunter, or an outdoorswoman would be incongruous, to say the least. I do know how to handle a gun, having had a brother who assumed I might be of interest as a playmate if I knew how to shoot. Therefore, he dared me to shoot a double barrel shotgun and blow out the pantry window. Naturally, a challenge such as this required action. I shot out the window, was kicked a summersault, and expected the deserved whipping. (No one called or thought of DSS back then.) Mother, a widow, was too thankful that no one was hurt or dead. Of course, neither my brother nor I learned our lessons. Not having a ball but having the required male b.b. gun and pellets, we played dodge ball with us being the targets. I never, however, learned to like waiting in the freezing cold, being quiet for long periods of time, and ultimately killing some creature of nature. In fact, up until November, I had thought of deer as Bambi and disliked the thought of anyone making a trophy of him or dining on his flesh. (Actually, I do not eat meat, my mother insisting that I learn to dress any and all kinds for the table.) I have changed.

In November, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, I was returning from Camden about eight or nine o’clock at night, a car meeting me and a car right behind me. Just at that moment, a deer chose my car to attack. I heard a sound akin to sticks breaking, but the car, thankfully, carried me on home. It was cold then and on Sunday and Monday as well. On Tuesday, I went out to go to my volunteer work. Then I saw the damage. Although I had had the right of way, I was the one who had to call the insurance agent and arrange with the body shop and a car rental agency.

As you can imagine, I became even more cautious and have seen deer several times since then on my road and highway 97, but they did not engage in an attack. On Thursday, December 29, at 10:00 a.m., not the times of early morning or night when everyone says deer are dangerous, a smaller deer, hidden in the woods, rushed from cover and hit the opposite side of my car, requiring that I again call my insurance and set up a repair time at the paint and body shop. I, of course, was apologetic. A gentleman, who was there to get his repaired car, said, “That’s right, they just come from out of nowhere.” I’ll bet he nor anyone else has had the bad luck to strike two deer in just a few days over one month, especially when the driver has traveled the same route for over forty years without incident!

If there were any way to remove highway 97 from my routes, I would do so. I do not drive fast, having once received a warning for going too slow and hearing my grandchildren tease me about going five miles an hour. Actually, I go the speed limit, but I do know that no matter how slow you go, deer will win in any encounter. At least I did not have to dress, skin, and eat the meat. In fact, I think my car came out far worse than either of the deer.

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