I guess living in the hill country of Texas has its ups and downs , no pun intended. It's definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever lived and is abundant with wildlife. The whitetail deer are prevalent here, congregating in back yards and crossing the roads in front of cars. Most of us locals are keenly aware of this, and tend to keep one foot poised over the brake pedal as we drive the roads. Yet there are the odds of 1 in 5 that every resident will have a close encounter with these animals at one point or the other. Mine came last week as I turned out of my neighborhood. I was only going about 45 mph when a doe darted from my left peripheral across in front of me. There was only time to brake to about 10 when I hit her with the front of the van, and she flipped head over heels to the right side of the road. I was amazed that she got right up and ran off.
I got out of my new GMC van to survey the grille. Sure enough, the plastic grille around the left headlamp was cracked, and there was a large tuft of deer fur stuck in the crack. The only other damage was some minor puckering of the drivers seat.