It is factually accurate that there ARE more deer in the US now, than when the Pilgrims landed. I'm in the Fredericksburg, VA area, and have never seen so many as this year. The deer have no natural predators to keep the population in check. There used to be wolves and cougar that preyed on deer in most area's (Of course that was long ago). Don't get me wrong....I'm certainly not a member of the Environmental, People are the Problem, Give up your Freedom and let the Gov't solve your problems association. But people need to come to facts with the reality that WE are the predators of the deer (And Rightfully So!!!). I'm NOT a hunter, as I'm usually too busy a person to go hunting. But I do think we are the Top of the food chain, and need to act as such, instead of this notion that we are always the problem....Screw that, It's that frame of thinking that's the problem. I say let hunter's take care of what Wolves and Cougar used to. Logically, this is the same as other natural predators taking deer, in fact it is the same. WE ARE THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN. Or at least the ones who have not had our minds warped by the modern destroy your own freedoms and give control of everything to the F'ing Gov't movement. Move over Al Gore...the Damn deer in my yard are mine to deal with. Keep your freedoms (All of them...Cycles, Speech, Money, Arms, etc.) And happy riding. Seriously though, I've had two recent close encounters within 5 miles of home. One was double-up with the Wife, and that was a exceptionally close one, as she was looking off to the side, and was n't prepared for the full-on braking. She collided into my back, and we almost lost it doing roughly 45mph. A friend of mine actually hit one, also in Northern VA, it came from the woods lightning speed right out in front of him and somewhat ran into him at the same time he was running into it. It caught the right front fork of his Harley, and knocked his leg back so far he stated it nearly dismounted him from the bike. He was rather lucky, it damaged his windshield, headlights, handlebars, tank, seat, and his leg. Kept his upright, but a millisecond later and who knows.