A Deer In The Windshield Is Worth Two In The Brush


I'm a lover of animals, both wild and domesticated. I'm also a fan of autumn—it's my favorite of the four seasons. However, the fact that it coincides with hunting season is a huge downer for me. In recent days, when I've been in the hills and mountains north of Boise, I've heard the resonant cracks of shotguns, and wondered whether the ammo hit its intended target.

Sadly for the deer and elk, their home in the woods is not a safe place right now. Ordinarily, Highway 55 isn't a safe place for them either. Case in point: last night when a co-worker and I were driving home from McCall, an elk wandered onto Highway 55, possibly thinking its chances on the open road were at least as good as its chances of staying alive in the Payette National Forest. Believe it or not, it was right. Sure, we hit it, but thanks to my driving partner's quick reaction, the impact occurred at a relatively low speed, and the elk shrugged it off and walked away.

Our Subaru was not so fortunate. Below is my view through the passenger-side windshield:

As a reminder to all the drivers on mountain highways this fall, slow down and be careful—especially at night when visibility is poor. And to the hunters hoping to fill their elk tags? Well, you might try looking on mountain highways. I think that's where the animals are hiding.