Deer in the Headlights

Big surprise, we took the family to a supper club for dinner tonight. The girls were both home this weekend, so we went out to Lost Land Lake Lodge. We figured it would be the last time we all go eat in a restaurant for the foreseeable future (so sad! I love to eat out!) and even when the Coronavirus dies down, we won’t want to fight the tourists for a table on the lake.

The actual big surprise tonight was all the herds of deer. Now I’m a Wisconsin girl, born and raised. Watching for deer when I’m in a car was ingrained in me from the time I was little and my mom would watch for them when my dad drove. I’ve often wondered what people dodge in other states. Can they just drive and only worry about other people and small animals like skunks? When my sister lived in Australia, she said watching for kangaroos while driving was similar to watching for deer. Can you imagine hitting a kangaroo with your car at 60 miles an hour? I had a classmate in college total her car because she ran into some escaped cows one night. It sounds funny, but she’s lucky to be alive!

But I digress. I was happy there was still a little bit of sunlight shining through the trees as we pulled out of the parking lot. We had seen a few deer munching the newly uncovered grass along the road on our drive out to the lake. I knew it would be my responsibility to watch for them on the way home, and they are really difficult to see once the snow melts and the roadside is brown again. Almost immediately we began seeing deer crossing the road and grazing on the hillside. Two or three isn’t uncommon, but we saw 5-10 at a time. The girls counted 45 deer on the way back into town, and those were just the ones we saw. Fortunately, we got home safe and sound. Now I can enjoy the deer eating in my backyard without worry.

6 thoughts on “Deer in the Headlights

  1. Yes we’ve hit a kangaroo twice and the car always comes off worst as I guess it would with a deer. They’re mostly out at dawn or dusk and so unpredictable when they suddenly hop across the road or get dazzled in the headlights. We also lost a tyre to an echidna once (slow puncture but irreparable). I’d really like to see some deer crossing the road, I imagine they’re a lot more graceful than kangaroos.

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  2. Rhr deer must be on the move this weekend because we saw abnormally large numbers on the roads yesterday as well! When we lived in Idaho, we had to watch for elk… really don’t want to hit one of those!

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