Clipped the ass end of a turkey a couple of years ago, He flew across the road in front of me and lost a few tail feathers in the process. I'm glad it wasn't a direct hit cause that bird got REAL big when it was up close & personel. I whacked a deer with my subaru beater a couple of months ago $2,200 in damage. My wife hit a 10 pt buck about 15 yrs ago and totaled out a leased ford explorer. If she had the small car it probably would have come thru the windshield, and that wouldn't have been pretty.
I was riding last week when I picked up movement on my right side, And when I looked there was this deer running full blast alongside me
Now, What to do
slow down or speed up
I figured that if I slowed, The S.O.B. would cut right in front of me so I hammered it and got away from the situation.
I don't know why deer will run with all they have to try to get in front of you to cut across, When they can walk across in back of you