well last night i had my two boys with me and a preg doe jumped right in front of us. with some fancy trick driving i could have missed it but with the two boys with me and trees along the road i wasnt risking it. i turned into her direction as turning with her usually results in more damage. as it was she took across the road and i turned at her letting the extra second she almost cleared the front but the passenger light bumper got her. another second she would have made it. had i not turned at her direction she came from i would have squared her dead center. well its an old 95 f-150 with prior collision damage so all i really need is a new headlight turn sig assembly. $65 at the salvage yard and some sheet metal screws to secure the grill it will be back in service. glad the kids wasnt hurt. so being the redneck i am waste not want not she came home in the back. illinois law states anyone involved in a collision with a deer if killed has possession rights. or if they leave the scene any citizen of illinois can transport and possess the animal. usually in these hard hits it does bad things to organs and over the years ive learned a tecnique that allows meat to be salvaged without the mess. i make an incision down the spine through skin. peel it back and remove the loins backstraps. then make an incision down from that one over each leg and fillet back skin to remove front shoulders if undamaged. this allows me to see right off if any fluids or blood has gotton in it. both of these were undamaged. the rear quarters were not full of blood either and i was able to get the rump roasts tip roasts of each side. loins were perfect too. and never seen any blood guts. the rest can be disposed of intack with innerds still inside. sink full of meat. so off to the freezor for the roasts and loins wich i froze whole. the front shoulders on the other hand are at 250 degrees. ill post results. smoked a whole deer ham i cured once but never a whole front shoulder. plan on feeding a couple buddies as well.