Son asked if he could take the truck tonight and go look for some elk. Normally I’d say no to him going alone but he wanted to take his non girlfriend lady friend along for the ride, so I said sure as she’s a vegetarian but interested in learning to hunt. I’d just sat down to eat and was about to pop a top when the phone rings. I see its my son so when I answered and it was is friend and she was freaking out and said they’d been a wreck I to freaked out. Opened the Life 360 app to see where they were and fortunately they were only 6 miles south of town so I went straight for the wife’s car keys and hollered at her to let’s go. He gets on and is all shook up. I asked if they were OK and he said he hit a group of mule deer at 70mph and had to shoot 2 cripples but another was trapped under the truck dead. I said we were on the way. I called my local warden and told her what happened and that I was in rout. She said to call her back once I assessed the scene. When we arrived the truck was stopped in the middle of the road and a doe fawn was wedged up under it and another doe fawn and adult doe were laying off the side of the road where my son and a witness had drug them after my son put them down. He did the right thing as they were both in near fatal shape anyway.
The other driver on scene when we arrived that saw the whole thing said a group of 30-35 mule deer came out of a wash next to the road and ran right into the road. The guy said my son had no chance to avoid it and said they were lucky it wasn’t any worse. We got the fawn out from under the truck and off the road. Got the truck moved off the road. Wife was on with insurance making a claim and getting a tow truck in rout while we tended to the carnage. Warden said to leave all 3 as WY law doesn’t allow for road kill carcass tags. Nothing would have been salvaged really anyway.
I assessed the truck damage and estimate it to be a good $5-6k worth. Entire grill shattered, main radiator had hole and 1 of 2 transmission radiators had a hole. Fog light gone, driver side bumper bent back to with 1/2” of tire. Hood release lever busted, hood warped, frame work and who knows what else is wrong. Guts splattered down entire driver side and onto windshield. I’ll go tomorrow and see more after daylight. We don’t have any rental car agencies within 100 miles so that’s not an option. Looks like our weekend elk hunt is a no go now as well. Probably be a good 2 week or more fix. A few aftermath pics. Yes that’s half a leg wedged under the license plate.