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I watched the dance from the rear-view mirror, having safely made it past them.
The state of West Virginia increased the hunting limit last deer season, but they could certainly raise the antlerless limit again, if the number of deer still roaming the landscape is any indication.
(And you thought I was one of those "ban all the guns" types. Not at all … BUT! You don't need a war machine to kill a deer. Do you? DO YOU?)
You are more likely to hit a deer with a vehicle in West Virginia – your chances are 1 in 40 – than in any other of these United States. Best place to avoid them? Hawaii. Deer migrate from October through December, increasing the chance of a collision, but I'm beginning to wonder if climate change might be extending the migration period. I'm sure a lot more freezers could be filled if the season were extended to January.
Remember that recent shell casing photo I posted? I didn't go into detail about what was beside it, but since it fits with today's topic, well, it was … get ready … a dead doe. My husband, who was walking with me that day, figured the animal had been injured and someone had put it out of it misery. I mentioned it to my dentist yesterday, who is an avid sportsman (that's a polite way of saying he likes to shoot deer). The casing was stamped '.45 AUTO,' which Dr. Denture said were used ONLY by the game warden.
(I have my doubts about that, but I'm no sportsman. At any rate, the good doctor thought our mercy-killing theory was probably correct. He also probably thought, "What a waste of good venison!")
We'll find out today whether my car will be repaired or declared a total loss. I'm hoping for repair. Diandra commented yesterday that the deer fur stuck to the hood would be a good thing for insurance purposes in Germany. Turns out that's true here in West Virginia, as well.
Because of the "nature of the accident," we don't have to pay a deductible. If they fix it, our only cost is wear and tear on our collective psyches. That would be great, and that's what I'm hoping for. I'd hate to lose all my cool Obama bumper stickers. If the insurance adjustor says it's totaled, well, a 2007 Ford Escape with 120,000 miles doesn't have much book value.