Hunted today in Winnebago county and did see a new scrape, a few tracks in the fresh snow, but didn't see any deer movement at all. I didn't even see the animal that ran into the side of my truck on the way home! Driving along at maybe 50 mph and out of the blue, bang. Hit me hard enough to make me fish tail a little in a 1/2 ton 4x4. Pull over, take a look at my truck and can't believe all the damage! Dented the back part of my cab, the top front top corner of my box, down the side of the box, over the wheel well, to the rear back bottom quarter panel behind the wheel is curled under up to the bumper. Judging by the feel, sound, damage, it had to be a big buck running at near top speed. You can see antler dents in the cab about waist high, and top of the box, rear end must have hit behind my rear wheel. Even with the Sheriff spot light we found no trace of a deer, broken antlers, nothing. A few tracks in the snow, no blood, no deer. If you shoot a buck that has teal blue paint embedded into his antlers near Oak hill road in Winnebago county, let me know. It's right side should be tender. lol If you get a Big Foot, check his fingernails for paint. Could have been a mad cow? I'm betting it was a buck and he wanted the secret stuff I got in my back pack! A doe head first that fast to do that much damage would be laying dead in the road. Can't hunt in the morning til the insurance appraiser gets here. 9-12 is the best they could narrow it down. Took the sheriff only 40 minutes to respond, 15 minutes to right it up so I was late for supper again. I would say the rut's getting started judging by the number of deer car crashes. [8|]
American by birth, hunter by choice.