did you know…

last week i hit a deer. it’s the first time i’ve hit something so big (i hit a dog once, but i was going slow and it survived).

here’s the rundown…

sarah and i went to pekin to go to my friend to joe’s son’s first bday. it was at one of the three mcdonald’s (the one by sear’s).

after the festivities, i washed the cherokee (b/c my favorite car wash is right there). then i turned to go the back way through the country road and i started singing “take me home country roads” and “thank God i’m a country boy” by john denver.

that’s when three does ran out in front of me.

i hit the middle one somehow.

the damage wasn’t too bad. mostly cosmetic. so i went back to the deer. it wouldn’t lift it’s head and it wasn’t moving so i tapped it with my foot and saw it grimace a little. it was still breathing.

i went back to the cherokee and sarah said in a rushed voice, “izzitdead?”

“yep!” i said. (you woulda lied, too if you saw her little face).

so we called the pekin police department and waited for the officer to show up so we could fill out an accident report.

in the meantime, sarah notices the thing’s head sitting up.

it was looking around.

while it was looking around, i noticed headlights swerving to dodge the part of the deer still in the road. it had ended up in the median on a 4 lane highway.

while we were waiting a couple of guys stopped to see if we were alright. one dude mentioned the cops would probably show up and shoot the deer. sarah got a little panicy. but i assured her they probably have humane ways of doing it now. shooting it is old school.

the officer showed up a few minutes later and he came to make sure we were ok. i mentioned people may be running over its legs b/c it was still partially in the road and he said he was going to go put it down right away, but not to be afraid if we heard a loud noise.

that’s when i turned up the radio. all the way.

it took a few minutes for the road to clear of other traffic, but i had a perfect view from my sideview mirror while i rubbed sarah’s shoulder.

finally, the traffic cleared and the officer put the deer out of its misery.

…then he put on some gloves and dragged it to the ditch by it’s hind legs.

all i could say was, “THEY STILL DO THIS???”

did you know police still shoot animals in public?

i guess hot lead is just way cheaper than a tranquilizer.

the cop came back and i said, “dude…  that thing was watching you!”  whenever a person approaches, the deer always look at what’s coming since they can’t run away.

he said it was pretty rough when they can look at you.  he was originally an officer in chicago and they “didn’t have to deal with this stuff,” he told me.

i didn’t get any pictures of the deer or the wrecked jeep, but i did take pictures of carter’s first birthday.


that’s carter with the cake all over, and his big sister jayci.

happy birthday, carter!



  1. […] as soon as we get our jeep back after hitting that deer a couple weeks ago, our lives will be back to normal […]

  2. sarah c. Said:

    little kiddie birthdays = cool

    hitting deer and watching them get shot = not so cool

  3. Beth B Said:

    i hit a deer on Rt6 a few years ago, going 60-65. there were 2 that ran out and i hit the front one. i hit it so hard it bounced over my car!!! my car killed the deer so the cop didn’t have to.
    i was really grossed out when i saw all the hair on my car. the only other thing i had hit was a squirrel when i was in high school. i hit a bird once to.
    glad you guys are okay!!

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