Steve, glad you didn't come off the bike in your last close deer encounter. A friend of mine lived for about 15 years in southeast British Columbia where there are numerous vehicle/deer or elk collisions. Guess we all know that dusk and dawn are the worst times, night pretty bad, and NO time totally safe.

What I DIDN'T KNOW was that the rut occurs in November there and there are something like THREE TO FOUR times as many vehicle/animal collisions during that period as any other month of the year. I guess many of us can remember how sex drove us nuts. Apparently true of deer and elk too; not the brightest animals on the planet.

You might want to check what the rutting season is in your area and, if it is infested with deer, possibly think of parking the bike during that period.