Of course, every wiseacre on Twitter felt compelled  to weigh in:

Most tweeters took it as a given that Grassley is senile, confused, and very, very mistaken:

In fact, Grassley is correct. In many parts of the country (you know, the kind of places where “bitter clingers” live), automobile accidents involving deer are common, dangerous, and sometimes deadly. And, yes, hunting obviously can reduce deer populations.

Sen. Grassley may not have the best punctuation and grammar, but he has more common sense than all of his anti-hunting critics combined.

By the way, November is the worst month for auto-deer accidents. Let’s be careful out there!

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Anyone who thinks this is a bad idea has never driven outside a city during late summer and fall. I’ve had two cars totaled from deer hits. Both times at night, they were running down the hill and came across the road. Nothing to do but hit them.

    2nd one would have been really bad for us if we were in a “fuel efficient” car. Our 97 Deville took the impact at 60. Other than a broken grille, slightly bent hood and a cracked radiator, the ol’ gal held up well. Sadly the government forced air bags both deployed and the cost was $2500 EACH to repack. That caused it to be totaled.

    • thetawake

      Just this morning, I had to lock up the brakes at 40mph and barely missed a young buck. A few days ago about 8 or 9 crossed in front of me. This is 10 minutes outside Philadelphia in South Jersey. They need to be thinned! Besides, if you’ve never had jerkey from deer, your missing out!

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    + they taste good.

  • Let’em Crash

    North Dakota has it solved. Just move the deer crossings to a lower traffic area.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      That was a hilarious call. I still can’t believe it wasn’t a put on.

    • BlueGood

      Our Bow Season Starts Oct. 1, ends Dec. 31. Rifle is only 2 weeks….Muzzle Loader 1 week.

      The BILLIONS in damages, not to mention lives, farmers crops etc is enormoose!

      Many Urban areas have allowed Bow Hunters to cull herds as they know the safety of the residents is assured.

      Litterally TONNES of Venison feed homeless people across America, donated by hunters and farmers.

  • Jack Deth

    Rt. 270 in Maryland has been averaging two deers a month since 2005. To many commuters with pick up trucks. Several sharp knives, pulleys, rope and sometimes a chain saw are common bed cargo.

  • scalzo

    Venison tastes great!

  • Danny Meeker

    I-74 in Illinois, especially the east-central part of the state, is prime deer country. Sen Grassley’s comments are correct; a longer hunting season is needed.

  • Danny Meeker

    I-74 in Illinois, especially the east-central part of the state, is prime deer country. Sen Grassley’s comments are correct; a longer hunting season is needed.

  • orringtonmom (D)

    i remember losing track of how many dead deer i used to see on the side of the road when i drove home through PA for thanksgiving. not to mention how many live ones would miss my car.

  • orringtonmom (D)

    i remember losing track of how many dead deer i used to see on the side of the road when i drove home through PA for thanksgiving. not to mention how many live ones would miss my car.

  • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

    Grassley is right, and the deer problem is acute in NJ because the copy liberals encourage and even feed Bambi, resulting in deer herds over four times the optimal size for the terrain. They also protest deer culls, even when it might save their garden or their life.

  • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

    Grassley is right, and the deer problem is acute in NJ because the copy liberals encourage and even feed Bambi, resulting in deer herds over four times the optimal size for the terrain. They also protest deer culls, even when it might save their garden or their life.

  • kate_middleton

    Are people really so naive that they think deer aren’t dangerous on the road? I mean, you don’t have to go farther than 5-10 miles from a big city and you can easily see them on the side of the road.
    We usually see at least 10 right by the road when we drive from NC to VA – and it doesn’t even matter the time of year, they’re always there. You really have to keep your eyes peeled – it’s extremely dangerous.

  • kate_middleton

    Are people really so naive that they think deer aren’t dangerous on the road? I mean, you don’t have to go farther than 5-10 miles from a big city and you can easily see them on the side of the road.
    We usually see at least 10 right by the road when we drive from NC to VA – and it doesn’t even matter the time of year, they’re always there. You really have to keep your eyes peeled – it’s extremely dangerous.

  • bedfordthegreat

    I’ve come close. Once was in central Ohio as I driving back home to around Louisville. Another time was a continuous finding deer on the road when I was on the Natchez Trace at night.

  • bedfordthegreat

    I’ve come close. Once was in central Ohio as I driving back home to around Louisville. Another time was a continuous finding deer on the road when I was on the Natchez Trace at night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    funny how most liberals from states other than the problam bitch about this things.
    people from IL and NY have the biggest gun control laws but want to control texas;
    libs in big cities want animals to spread free and then blame it all on evil human drivers who just wanted to kill animals in rural areas.

    Reminds me of the case of Pepe the hippopotamus here in colombia

  • Penmar
  • Guest

    I live in a suburban area in Tennessee and it’s gotten so bad they actually had to put a deer crossing sign in front of my house. These critters are seriously a threat and you really have to be careful at night. Often I see them in groups of six or more.

  • Tom in TX

    In some parts of rural Texas where this had been a problem, the ranchers understand that deer are a commodity. Game fences at least 7′ high along stretches of highway keep the deer in, away from cars and trucks. This has cut the deer kills down to nearly none in many of the rural areas. The down side is that these fences cost about $6 per linear foot to install. Deer have value, and where the ranchers want to protect that value the cost is worth every dollar.

  • TrevorPetersma

    Grassley is dead on correct about this in Iowa. In a two mile stretch from my parent’s house to town there are two deer hit EVERY DAY. It is very dangerous. The deer population needs to be brought down even further, particularly in certain areas of the state.

  • GEORGE_W_TUSH

    Attention all Iowan deer: stay away from Chuck Grassley

    Let me just ask you this Senator Grassley, what if this is all just a dream in the mind of a child?

    • sally1137

      You goober. You’d think twice about this if you ever hit a deer. I see one every time I drive here in Iowa. Grassley is correct.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1263585005 Susang Oilranger

    Anyone who makes fun of this has never been to North west Colorado during the spring thaw when literally mtns of deer carcasses are along the road.

    • matt miller

      nah grassley is right. been to colorado lots …. you wanna post some pics of those
      “mountains of dead deer”???? ……… thought not. :O

  • http://www.facebook.com/J.Bond.Sheppard Joseph Bond Sheppard

    Sen. Grassley’s suggestion makes perfect sense. There is nothing odd about reducing the highly overpopulated white-tailed deer population by an increase in hunting. We could even send the meat to NYC. I understand there starving from the restrictions on certain types of foods and incompetant leadership.

  • tjschul

    Do your part and buy a hunting license. Its a civic duty! One coming through your windshield @ 50mph is sure death.

  • kirkandorules

    I’m amazed how many people don’t understand the concern. I noticed that many of those ridiculing him live in warmer, urban areas, but I didn’t think anybody was *that* sheltered. Here in Wisconsin, there’s a huge, noticeable difference between driving on highways in the months leading up to deer hunting season, and the months following. Roads are dangerous enough as it is in winter weather, I can’t imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have a deer hunting season.

  • bucko1948

    If you’ve ever been injured in an auto accident with a deer, you know exactly what Grassley is talking about. If you like in a city, you have no idea, and your comments are irrelevant.

    • sally1137

      They are ALL OVER THE PLACE in Iowa. I see at least one every time I drive. Chuck knows what he’s talking about.

  • GaryTheBrave

    For once I can agree with Sen. Grassely. I was thinking he had been in the Beltway too long.

  • Sonya A. Willis

    Southwestern Ohio especially between Oxford to Cincinnati has had its share of deer to car accidents. I was in car that hit a deer when I was younger. The front of the car was smashed up but the deer trotted off. This was back in the mid 70’s so the car was a metal beast. Sadly a classmate’s father was killed in a freak deer-car accident.

  • Sonya A. Willis

    Remember when Sarah Palin was viciously attacked because she participated in culling the Alaskan wolf population? Same thing.

  • Bryan

    I remember driving through PA several years ago and seeing many roadkill deer. I thought to myself that perhaps the deer population could be monitored and consequently extend the hunting season when the deer population became a public menace. It’s just another form of natural resource management and farming.

    Maybe we could extend the same concept to liberals: open liberal hunting season when the liberal population starts to threaten the republic.

  • Back 4 More

    If you live in a rural area his statement will make perfect sense to you. Deer are over populated in many areas, and they’re pretty darn tasty too :)