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Deer vs plow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mpriester, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    I was out checking lots for re freeze Thursday morning, I had just left a school that i service and while driving down the road a deer appears out of no where, i slam on the brakes and hit the deer broadside with the plow. I carry my plow angled and when the deer hit she slid off the plow and on to the side of the road. I got lucky as there was no damage to anything but the deer. If i wouldn't have had the plow on the deer would have totalled my front end from headlight to headlight.
    I just thought i would share this as we are out all night in the worst of the weather so please be careful.
  2. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,397

    You saved your truck and nobody got hurt, This is a good day.
  3. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I almost hit a family of deer a couple years back. We had a good snowpack and it was snowing again and the deer simply couldnt get off the road and were stuck in the middle of it. I stopped about 2 feet before hitting 4 of them.
  4. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    I hit one out of a pack of about 12 a few winters ago doing 50mph. They bolted out of the end of a driveway through the snowdrift onto the highway. Luckily she didn't suffer and was dead before I got to her, felt bad for days. No damage to the VXT, I was suprized by how little the impact really felt.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    I aboot broke one in half with a V years ago. Another option e of my guys hit one with our jeep.

    Not enough left to salvage any meat out of either.
  6. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Does PA allow you to keep the deer you killed with your plow ? Not allowed here. It would be considered stealing state property, or so I've heard.
  7. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 726

    I hit one last year. Boy what a mess it made.the looks driving home were the best. I even got pulled over because of the mess on my silver truck!
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    Why does this not surprise me in the least?

    Meechigan will give you a kill tag if you want it. I did keep the one my kid hit with his Jetta last year.
  9. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Related to the OP's story = I hit a deer near Georgetown, MA - about 2007 with front of my truck.
    Called police to notify, in case it was suffering.
    Found it, and the impact had snapped its neck, so it was DOA.
    LEO came out and asked me if I wanted to take it.
    Was very tempted, but on way to a job, and loaded with carpentry tools, and really had no where to put it....
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2016
  10. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,397

    You can get on a list here and they pay you to pick up, as long as you have liability's and service lighting like a plow truck, tow truck etc. Most guys got lift gates or small electric booms. If you hit it you can take it, You have to call the cops and they come out and it's yours, Some guys dress them out and take to the food kitchens.
  11. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    This is the United socialist republic of New Jersey.... It's the least they can do....:rolleyes:

    Good. At least it didn't go to waste.:salute:
  12. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    That's great. Some states have folks working for them who actually think about things, vs just reacting and making stupid, wasteful laws.
  13. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,080

    Colorado DOW gives oot Roadkill Permits if you ask. Depending on the damage to the animal food banks will get the meat if the driver of the vehicle doesn't want it. This sounds all good but the reality is most animals are hauled off by the DOT and disposed of.

    I've have numerous close calls with Deer, Elk and Livestock, last year I gave an Elk a shove with my V. Wild Turkeys are also a problem by me too but they just go poof when they get hit.
  14. ThatGuySnowPlow

    ThatGuySnowPlow Member
    Messages: 62

    Any state should be able to issue a salvage tag if you call it in.
  15. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Well, what I thought was illegal is not, as long as you obtain a permit from your local pd or F&W office.

    Deer Road-kill Permits
    Deer accidentally killed by motor vehicles may be
    possessed only for private consumption by obtaining
    a free permit from the local police department or
    from a Fish and Wildlife regional law enforcement
    office. The permit authorizes only possession of the
    meat for consumption and is valid only for 90 days.
    The possession of all other parts such as antlers,
    Regulations in red are new this year. Purple text indicates an important note.
    under terms of this permit, are expressly prohibited.
    Wrapped venison packages must be labeled with the permit number


    If you don't file for the permit, that's when it becomes "theft of state property".
  16. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,397

    See there, NJ is not that bad, Ya right, I should not be bashing my friends across the river. :laughing: :laughing:
  17. sota

    sota Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    yea you should. trust me.
  18. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Had a sub 3 or 4 years ago hit a deer the day before a big storm and he calls my dad and just says hey I hit a deer the plows working for now but I'm not sure. An hour or 2 into the storm he calls and plow stopped moving. I forget what broke but I think a cylinder
  19. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Hey at least he called and warned you of the potential problems. Could he not see any damage in the cylinder?
  20. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Honestly it was so long ago I can't remember. But yeah he was a good sub until the last year his truck started dying and he complained all year about him wanting us to pay for some of his repairs. He stopped being a sub after that year but we were on good terms though he got a little annoying