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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Here's an agit for folks adverse to plastic.

While travelling at highway speed yesterday, a ruffed grouse entered the picture top left but failed to exit stage safely on the bottom right, resulting in an avian head-on against the lower plastic grill on the passenger side. It was left "hanging by a thread" but upon closer inspection, no damaged parts. Way'ta'go Honda! It simply clipped back into place with parking sensor fully in tact. A pleasant result for such a grimacing-inducing thud, with apologies to the Bonasa Umbellus species notwithstanding.

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Hmm, try doing that with a deer instead. It is a dangerous time of year on the road.
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Hmm, try doing that with a deer instead. It is a dangerous time of year on the road.
Quite a different result to be sure! I am fortunate that this has been my largest collision with wildlife in 42 years of driving. Especially lucky considering the elk, moose and deer corridors we traverse on a regular basis.

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Quite a different result to be sure! I am fortunate that this has been my largest collision with wildlife in 42 years of driving. Especially lucky considering the elk, moose and deer corridors we traverse on a regular basis.
I live in a densely populated suburban area that is loaded with deer enjoying a smörgåsbord of homeowner's ornamental shrubs during the winterous time of year. It's not uncommon to see deer roaming around the highways & byways, along the roadside, in open fields and in your neighbor's front yard.

Just remember when you see Bambi dart across the road in front of you there is a strong possibility 2 or 3 of her sisters aren't far behind.
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Just remember when you see Bambi dart across the road in front of you there is a strong possibility 2 or 3 of her sisters aren't far behind.
Yea, always scares me when I only see one.......where are its friends
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Mercedes-Benz (in addition to other high end names) offers an infrared camera system on its S class, which enables drivers to "see" an image of the road a few hundred feet beyond the headlights. It will detect images such as deer, pedestrians bicyclers etc. The image is created on a screen in the instrument panel.
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Mercedes-Benz (in addition to other high end names) offers an infrared camera system on its S class, which enables drivers to "see" an image of the road a few hundred feet beyond the headlights. It will detect images such as deer, pedestrians bicyclers etc. The image is created on a screen in the instrument panel.
Do these look to the "side"? Just me but the deer hunting the cars have done were a result of them crossing the road...heck the last one actually took out the pass door and window....guess she was a slow runner or had bad brakes

I will say that one time in the 16 Pilot the CBMS started talking to me - I was like WTH as there was no headlights coming at me...before I could even tell the car to stop yelling at me....there goes bambi across the road

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My previous 2012 Pilot started its maiden road trip by ruffling the feathers of a hen pheasant. It flew in from the side nice and low so it kind of bounced up and down between the undercarriage and the road a few times and continued into the opposite ditch, leaving a big cloud of feathers in its wake. My 16yo daughter was distraught that we might have hurt the bird, but I was trying not to die laughing. Bad Dad.

But there are lots of wild turkey around here, and they like to fly right at windshield height. One of those might get the last laugh! I saw a really close near-miss by a car just ahead of me on I-94 one time. Yikes.

But I agree the deer standing in the middle of the road isn't usually the one to worry about. ( Although I have seen entire herds on the road at night in the Black Hills of SD, or Blue Ridge Parkway in VA , and every once in a while one decides to have a stare-down on our local roads ). But the one that decides to run across the road when you happen to be there is the big problem. And once they make up their mind, that's it. Years ago a whitetail ran out of the ditch alongside my dad when he was riding a motorcycle on a gravel road, ran along with him for a while, then it decided it really wanted to cross the road, so it jumped right into him and knocked him off the bike.

And I can't count how many times I've seen deer running across a field while I'm riding a bicycle on a road, alone or in a group, and I've done a quick vectorial analysis and concluded there is a problem. Sure enough, and once they are on that course you better fix it somehow, cuz the darn deer won't change anything.

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It's bad enough to see deer in an open field with close proximity to the road, but what is worse are the ones that come popping out of a wooded area where there is a line of trees or forest of trees near the road and you just can't see the dang things until they're crossing the road.

The road to my house is like this and I've experienced deer bolting from the trees a number of times, but fortunately the speed & distance has provided enough time to avoid a collision. However, I've also witnessed another car ahead of me hit a deer under this type of circumstance.

I suppose the scariest thing is driving along the interstate at a high rate of speed and hitting a deer, it happens.

I can remember at least one instance in my area where a driver was killed when she hit a deer and it went through the windshield killing her on impact.
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We often see wild turkeys lurking on the edge of a remote gravel road that we take to the golf course. They seem to meander with no one really in charge and as you mentioned, Wanderer, they have such a low flight path when they deem a runway suitable for takeoff. (The locals here tell me they do not taste so great but tasting is believing!)


There is a definite art to scanning for deer or moose at night, making sure that you are not fixated on the road ahead. But, as you say Optivity, there is practically no defense for heavily tree-lined roads. Cranking back on the throttle is definitely in order but sometimes hard to do with pressing traffic.


While commuting to work a few years ago, the air was blanketed with really thick fog. Travelling down a county two-lane, I was suddenly greeted with a bull moose who was running down the centre of the highway in the same direction. For that instant, I could touch his nose if my window were open. Lucky for me he was not interested in veering and also lucky was the fact it was a remote highway with no oncoming traffic.

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If you can manage to sit through this 5-minute summer ride dashcam video I took, try to spot the deer -- twice.

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If you can manage to sit through this 5-minute summer ride dashcam video I took, try to spot the deer -- twice.

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2:06 left ditch, pivots and runs away to left.
4:04 crosses road L -> R, leaps gracefully into woods.

Beautiful summer coat on both deer. Almost reflective. This was slow-pitch league...
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Around our neck of the woods we have to watch out mainly for deer, turkeys, turkey buzzards, & the occasional steer that gets through a fence. Hit any one of those at speed & you'll wish you had only hit a ruffed grouse!

On a side note, I did hit a large badger that ran out in front of us a few nights ago. I could have sworn we had no suspension at all. No damage to Yoda, but our kids who were behind us said the badger never moved again...

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Thanks for the ride, pl. Enjoyable scenery up in the Laurentians and makes me want to install a dash-cam even more.
Wanderer nailed the sightings. I especially enjoyed the latter fence jumping as it was timed to the music perfectly. Speaking of which, I am stumped. The first video had sound separation akin to Jefferson Airplane but not near the psychedelic overtones. The second video seemed to have an even older song...perhaps "Mod Squad" era (ouch!). In any event, loved that Farfisa organ in both!

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