Thursday, June 03, 2010

Hoofed Rats.

The Wikipedia article states that:
Gray wolves, cougars, American alligators and (in the tropics) jaguars are the more effective natural predators of adult deer.
Silly Wikipedia! Everyone knows that the Ford F-150 is the most effective natural predator of whitetail deer, followed closely by H. sapiens bubba.

27 comments:

Kristopher said...

Silly Tam ... humans aren't "natural".

We're like the borg, artificially created to destroy, I guess.

Lissa said...

I thought a Dakota was the proper vehicle for deer?

http://ambulancedriverfiles.com/2009/11/blogorado-after-action-report/

Noah D said...

Yes, yes, but what truck for bear?

Bram said...

I've bagged them with Nissans and Mazdas. I think the Japanese have some kind of vendetta.

The difference between a modern human and a cougar - a human can shoot a couple a year. A cougar takes a deer a week - all year.

blindshooter said...

Wiley E. gets a lot of the little ones here. They have also dropped the feral pig population as well, so far the non livestock farmers are happy to see Wiley E. show up.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

All I know is that Buick Riviera isn't enough car for deer.

Blackwing1 said...

'Cause we've got SO many alligators here in Minnesnowta...

og said...

I've only eaten deer taken with muzzleloader and 44 magnum and arrow and...

peterbilt.

Wonder if the grill on a F150 taints the meat?

Check your mail, Tam.

Stuart the Viking said...

The deer down here in Central Florida are so small that a slightly overgrown housecat might think it could take one if it tried hard enough.

The Dodge Dakota that I used to own had a dent in the door from one trying to cross the road one night and running into it. Tough little blighter though, it got right back up and ran off into the woods.

Oh well...

s

ZerCool said...

I've bagged one and bruised one with a Honda Civic. All the rest have been courtesy Remington and lead...

And the above comment about one or two a year as opposed to one or two a week is spot on.

Anonymous said...

That is only if the f-150 runs! Use to take more with lead than autos. Now its just lead. Critters are the best Tam they don't have to worry about seasons.

Walt

Seth from Massachusetts said...

I bagged one with a Dakota truck back in '02. Shattered the grill and crushed the radiator. Good thing I wasn't driving a mere car, it would have come through the windshield and got me!

Desertrat said...

I know from eyeballing one that Bambi can turn a hardtop Mustang into a convertible.

Art

TJP said...

Yeah, next time I see a gray wolf, I'll ask to see his regulated hunting permit. And I'll also ask an alligator where in the Florida Hunting and Trapping Guide are the bag limits for children and hikers.

Firehand said...

Couple of years ago the wildlife people in a region of central Texas did a study, and found that the two biggest predators of deer there were bobcats and Wile E.; the cats mostly took fawns, Wile E. took any he could catch, young or old.

Robert Langham said...

Whitetail deer are so numerous that they should be de-listed as a game animal.

Anonymous said...

TJP said: "And I'll also ask an alligator where in the Florida Hunting and Trapping Guide are the bag limits for children and hikers."

It's in the Gator Hunting & Trapping Guide, a section of the Nile Crocodile Menu. And DON't mention "bags" to Allagators, either!

Ulises from CA

Ambulance Driver said...

H. sapiens ambodriver and a Dodge Dakota are a pretty effective combination, too.

JohnMXL said...

In this neck of the woods, Harley-Davidson, Honda and Victory account for a few each year...unfortunately at the cost of the rider's life a significant number of times.

If you poach one, your fine includes paying the DNR for the deer, since it's the state's deer, but if you take one with a motor vehicle the state does not own the deer and therefore has no liability for the damage.

wv: predaye - related to 'predator'?

jimbob86 said...

"The Dodge Dakota that I used to own had a dent in the door from one trying to cross the road one night and running into it. Tough little blighter though, it got right back up and ran off into the woods."

Your deer ARE tougher, if much smaller.... I had 150 lbs of cornfed stupid run into the side of my Chrysler minivan one fine Ay-eM .... and spread that partially digested corn from the front wheel well to the back one, smashing the windshield with it's thick skull.... DRT, but with $2,200 in damage. Then one I got with the F-150, also DRT, no significant damage. Use Enough Truck, indeed.

..... and those GoGreen Jackasses want me to buy a cabbed skateboard, aka "SmartCar" ??? ... "Smart" ?!?!WTF, Over? What's so damned smart about being killed by Bambi? TOP of the foodchain, you idjits...

Ed Foster said...

216 lbs, tasty except for the crushed right haunch, 80 + m.p.h., cost me a great little Saturn Vue.

The designed to buckle downwards hood saved me, as Romeo (it was during rut) came in too high to trip the bags.

6 months in bed, another 6 months learning to walk again, and I still haven't lost the 30 pounds I gained.

Silly vegetarian lady said it was karma, from all the venison I've eaten. Dumb broad.

It's because we can get 14 deer a year here in CT, if we hunt all the seasons, and I only whack 1 or 2. Object lesson, shoot more of the buggers. Lots more.

Ed Foster said...

Kristopher, Borg are easy to spot. They're the hopeless, have to be connected losers, who always wear their bluetooth earpiece 16/7.

God, how I detest being behind some Valley Girl in the supermarket, while she disses some other vapid twit to a similar third party.

I'm thinking one of those cell phone blockers should be mandatory in restaurants, theaters, and grocery stores.

jimbob86 said...

Ed, karma would be a deer flying through the windshield of that silly vegetarian's Smart Car at 45 m.p.h. .... or wahtever the top speed is....

Karma? Bah! I'll stick with shooting them, and teaching my children to do the same (Youth permits are 5 Bucks here!).

Crawler said...

As a deer slayer with my four wheels on two occasions, I can say they act the same as four-legged pigeons on the roadside!

But let me go out in the mornings with a 629 Classic and they’re nowhere to be found; I figure they’re being fed at the nearest park…

Will said...

My 9 yr old '66 Ranchero was just barely enough truck to stop a large doe heading for morning corn-on-the-cob. Took her about 5 minutes to bleed out from loss of a leg. Had to sit in the middle of the country road (So NJ) for an hour 'til I had enough light to use the jack to push the radiator out of the fan. If I had had a ramp to get the stepbrothers' Honda out of the truckbed, I could have used it's headlite. Alas, I didn't have the 6ft, 160lb girl who helped load it off a curb, with me. 'Course, if she hadn't shooed me out the door late on the second day, I wouldn't have met up with said deer. Ah, unintended consequences.

Replaced the hood, grill, the bumper, the radiator, and the fan. Think we straightened the radiator support, and both fenders. Might have replaced the fenders, not sure.

Anonymous said...

“… and (in the tropics) jaguars are the more effective natural predators of adult deer.”

Whilst Jaguar have for many years made many fine motor vehicles (big and heavy, generally with nice long bambi munching bonnets (or “hoods” in American English)) here in the UK, I doubt that sufficient numbers have been exported to the tropics to constitute them being an “effective” predator at least numbers wise.

Patrick (in the UK)

Anonymous said...

I got my first deer with a Subaru. Hit it on the drivers headlight first, which buckled the hood and kept it from coming up to join me (or tripping the airbag). The deputy offered me a tag for it but 1) it was 98 degrees out and 2) I was neither dressed nor equipped to clean and pack said deer. Blasted Faleen cost me four grand. The deputy said that in hunting season, if you want to keep it, the state will allow you to count it towards your license (bucks - no limit doe season, at least that year).
LittleRed1