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    What not to do

    Last weekend I jacked up the front bumper of my Tundra hitting a doe.
    I guess I have been really lucky because I live in a really rural area and I drive a lot of miles early in the morning.
    In fact my wife does too and our last animal strike was 25 years ago.
    I did everything right and if I had done anything but brake we might have piled up and took several other vehicles with us.

    I did everything right on Saturday but it wasn't that way on a archery elk hunt in SW Washington some 25 or so years ago.

    I had hunted all day solo, with plans for meeting up with some hunting partners and camping over night.
    The elk and the would be hunting partners never showed, so I began working my way back down the logging roads toward pavement. A few miles from pavement, and well after dark, I came around a curve with a high cut bank on the left and a really steep drop-off on the right.

    There in the middle of the road was a herd of cows (wapiti not jerseys). After 10 hours of sideways rain and no elk I was ticked. I revved up the engine, hit the high beams, and started blowing the horn as I mock charged the lead cow.
    BIG MISTAKE !!!!
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    The first few cow elk passed down each side with moderate turbulence. As the anxiety increased (both mine and the elk) they started getting pushed into the grill..... then the lights....... then one freaked and planted her front hooves right in the middle of my F150 hood.

    With elk snot on the windshield and one fog light operating I limped 50 miles back to Westport.

    My buddies didn't believe me until one pulled elk hair from the remaining grill and radiator.
    If my insurance appraiser doesn't care for this weekends story then I can always pull out pics of my elk stampede.
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    HAHA man I can't stop laughing I'd be pretty hard up to smash a cow elk with a pickup, ya need a Ranchhand grill guard!!
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    Needless to say the claim this time will be used for a new aftermarket steel bumper No more OEM crap
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    This is what you need man, It'll de-bone and tenderize all in one step!! I love my grill guard that they make!
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    I like it..... I was thinking Buckstop but I like that look.
    In fact thats my truck complete with step bars.
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    This is what you need man, It'll de-bone and tenderize all in one step!! I love my grill guard that they make!
    Thanks for steering me that way it actually is coming in about $400 cheaper than the one I was planning on
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    I have built a few bumpers. My cousin built the one on 1 of my trucks (used to be his truck), Last deer I hit would have been fine if he didnt get a horn stuck in the grill and take out the grill and headlight. lol
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    I need one of those jobbers. I think it is just a matter of time before my luck runs out and I whack one too. My '81 chevy had a solid steel front bumper someone made, that thing was bullet proof. My '06 would probably be totaled if I hit something.

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    My truck got totaled with the bumper. Didnt even scratch the bumper but smoked the frame. I cut about a foot off the frame, made a new piece to replace it, welded it on, straightened the other side and that was about 110K ago!
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