Video: Hitting An Elk While Riding at High Speed

Oct 12, 2022 at 10:48
by Pinkbike Originals  

It's all fun and games until Rudolph crosses the trails... @jannicklange nearly punctured his lung after this wild run-in with an elk. He is alright and on the mend.


  • 568 2
 Well, he was riding in portrait. Had he been riding in landscape, he would have seen it coming.
  • 79 0
 Yah the deer was like “trying to crop me out hey?!”
  • 31 1
 Solid joke.
  • 10 0
 Spat my coffee out! Brilliant!
  • 2 1
 well played, well played.
  • 6 0
 This is my favorite comment in quite some time.
  • 2 0
 almost peed my pants!
  • 2 0
 Also, one of my favorite comments in a long while. Bravo!
  • 135 9
 where are the snitch@ss colorado hunters when you need them
  • 4 15
flag rzicc (Oct 12, 2022 at 21:00) (Below Threshold)
 not sure I get it. Is it the hunting part of hunters you dont like? Or just that the hunters are out there?
  • 15 0
 @rzicc: Apparently hunters are reporting illegal bicycle trails.
  • 7 0
 @rzicc: The snitch part I assume.
  • 87 1
 That wasn’t an elk, that was Brage from the other video.
  • 77 3
 Oh Deer!
  • 39 1
 How did it not see you coming?

No eye deer
  • 3 3
 @jimoxbox: broke its legs, still no eye deer
  • 5 2
 @RobertGrainier: Castrated itself as well, still no f*ckin eye deer.
  • 4 2
 @yogriffman: I bet he has no EYE Deer what hit him.
  • 3 4
 Are we sure that rider's name is Jannick and not Wade? I'm sure I heard something somewhere about Roe vs Wade.
  • 39 0
 Oof. Expected the elk to be just standing in the trail but looked like he came out of the bushes with his antlers down ready for a fight.

Is it rutting season in that part of the world?

Glad you’re ok.
  • 9 0
 it is rutting season right about now.
  • 1 0
 Like a breeding ram!
  • 7 1
 Guy is lucky this was a deer and not an elk. Out here in Idaho, the bull elk are about 2-3 times the size of your average deer
  • 5 3
 @pierceklinke: definitely an elk.looked like a well developed, but not huge or totally mature, 5x5
  • 3 0
 @pierceklinke: hmmm actually I guess this in Europe…
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 @samdeatley: I'm fairly sure it is a Red Deer / Red Stag as Jannicklange is in europe.
  • 19 0
 Just was like: "That's not an elk, that's a red deer..."
Turns out for the british, an elk is an elk, for the americans an elk is a red deer. What!? Why!?

According to the riders instagram post it was in Lac Blanc, there are no elks there, but red deer.
  • 12 0
 Elk (Cervus canadensis) and Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) are two different species.
  • 3 0
 @TerrapinBen: According to elk does sometimes get translated to "Rothirsch" in German, which would be the red deer. Just based on where it is, Lac Blanc in the Alsace region of France, it is 100% a red deer (Cervus elaphus).

Edit: Elk also can be translated to "Elch" in German. That would be, according to Wikipedia, Alces alces.
  • 1 0
 According to me (american) and the internetz, what the British call an elk is actually a moose (Alces alces). I have never called a deer an elk. When I see an elk, it is quite large, and it is not a deer.
  • 9 0
 We know about whelks, but not so much about elks.
  • 7 0
 This makes more sense. It is way too small to be a north american elk.
  • 3 0
 @ct0413: Mmmmm moose....
  • 8 0
 @ct0413: being actually British. A moose is one of those big things that run around in Canada. An elk is different to a moose. More like a massive red deer. He can run around in other places
  • 5 0
 @Intensevp: Straight from the source. Thanks for clearing that up. Wikipedia fails me again.

So in review the only demographic who is improperly naming this animal is the editors at Pink Bike.
  • 2 0
 @Intensevp: Wi not trei a holiday in Sweeden this yer ?
See the loveli lakes
The wonderful telephone system
And mani interesting furry animals
Including the majestic moose
A moose once bit my sister...
No realli! She was Karving her initials on the moose with the sharpened end of an interspace toothbrush given her by Svenge—her brother-in-law— an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian movies: "The Hot Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Molars of Horst Nordfink"...
Mynd you, moose bites Kan be pretti nasti
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 @ct0413: And to further complicate matters, they call him Rudolph!
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 @TerrapinBen: i guess i if @brianpark would read this, he would be roe-ing now to get it fixed :-P
  • 3 0
 @93EXCivic: those responsible for the subtitles have been sacked
  • 3 0
 @ct0413: I could update wiki and show the world I don't know where moose and elk live
  • 1 0
 @93EXCivic: from this I took- the ladies in Sweden shag mooses when they are getting it in films. But the risk is you might get bitten
  • 1 0
 @ivemadeahugemistake: nice Monty Python reference!!
  • 21 5
 Hot darn. Where was this? It’s technically elk season in most of the west, so buy a tag and he’d have the best meat in North America for a year…
  • 36 31
 Elk is fun for a little variety, but not my favorite meat by a long shot - like a super lean cut of beef, not really a unique flavor to real make it jump out. I don't eat tons of meat these days, but when I want red meat that isn't beef I always like to play the field... but come back to lamb.
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 @Glenngineer: Thats my take on it too. Good, but not all that different. To me venison is superior.
  • 6 0
 it's at Bike Park Lac Blanc, France.
  • 29 0
 @cougar797: user name checks out.
  • 21 3
 Joe Rogan just got hard
  • 3 0
 It was in Lac Blanc a small resort in the French Vosges, popular with the German riders.
  • 29 1
 @luisgerstner: huh, then that isn’t an elk, it’s a red deer (no wapiti/elk in Europe). But ya know, asking a bike journalist to identify the difference is like asking a hunting journalist to identify a “down country” mtb
  • 6 15
flag Chuckolicious (Oct 12, 2022 at 14:27) (Below Threshold)
 @Glenngineer: Downvoted to hidden? WTF is wrong with people? You had a reasonable and solid opinion. Is it now: pick your game and be a dick about it day?
  • 6 0
 @Glenngineer: pick a meat and be a diplomat about it
  • 4 0
 @Glenngineer: When's lamb hunting season?
  • 1 0
 @danielfloyd: I was waiting for this comment Big Grin
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 @Glenngineer: Well, that elk certainly did jump out.....
  • 17 0
 Your Elkcome
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 My plelksure
  • 13 0
 looks like that elk hit you, not the other way around!
  • 3 0
 Exactly, that Elk 'knocked him the F*ck out!" Big Grin (seriously hope the rider is all good in the end)
  • 11 0
 A harsh reminder of just how dangerous mountain biking can be, this is why I only ride green flow trails.
  • 10 0
 Watching from BC where that’s not an elk.
  • 15 7
 Where's Rogan when you need him?
  • 140 41
 Behind a mic pushing pseudoscience?
  • 38 15
 @Dustfarter: Don't know why you're being down-voted when you're right...
  • 31 76
flag Adamrideshisbike (Oct 12, 2022 at 11:55) (Below Threshold)
 @ScandiumRider: Cause pseudoscience is a BS word meant to as a death blow, when all it means is "I disagree with you, but don't want to explain why."
  • 57 5
 @Adamrideshisbike: The irony in that statement.
It is an actual word that means false science.
  • 33 90
flag carters75 (Oct 12, 2022 at 12:04) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb-jon: I bet you wear a mask while alone in your car because your government told you it would prevent covid infection. #WeOwntHuSciEnz!
  • 29 3
 @carters75: Which government recommended we wear masks while alone?
  • 2 3
  • 43 7
 @carters75: naah fam. I am to fragile. If I would have to wear a mask at any point it would make me very insecure. I have so little going for me in my life, that if my government told me to wear a mask in case it might save someones life, I would not comply and die on that hill!

But hey, thats just me, your average smooth brained monkey man!
  • 10 23
flag Adamrideshisbike (Oct 12, 2022 at 12:23) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb-jon: I'm aware, but that not how it is used in common parlance. It's a rhetorical strategy.
  • 33 6
 @Adamrideshisbike Except that nutty lunatic ideas whipped up of the top of the head without basis in fact or actual reality - just BS musings, the pure definition of "don't want to explain why" because its all opinion. The US ultra left & right in the US (and maybe you guys too) are both neck-deep in the stench of it and its truly sad - what was formerly a solid, rational center has devolved into opinionated tools & idiots without the actual foundation of facts - and Rogan leads the charge.
  • 11 3
 @mtb-jon: Touche my man - its the actual pseudoscience bozo's that have no facts and only (poorly thought out) opinions to support their factlessless. Truly defies all logic and modernity.
  • 14 4
 @carters75: Except that zero governments ever said that and once again - more made up nonsense spouted by low-budget thinkers without - facts
  • 6 0
 @Adamrideshisbike: But whatever.
  • 4 1
 @kpdemello: The one that lives rent-free in his head.
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flag VelkePivo (Oct 12, 2022 at 14:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Dustfarter: Pseudo-science like Biden, Fauci, Maddow and others saying if you get the vaccine you can't transmit covid?
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flag Adamrideshisbike (Oct 12, 2022 at 14:43) (Below Threshold)
 @VelkePivo: don't confuse pseudoscience with "the science". Easy to do.
  • 17 12
 @VelkePivo: Pretty sure nobody said "can't" Just that it reduced the chances. However, we did need to learn a lot in a very short time, so things did evolve. That's how science works.
  • 13 9

“So even though there are breakthrough infections with vaccinated people, almost always the people are asymptomatic and the level of virus is so low it makes it extremely unlikely — not impossible but very, very low likelihood — that they’re going to transmit it." -- Anthony Fauci (and in fact they were just as, or nearly as, infectious)

"People who are vaccinated for the coronavirus cannot spread it to you." - Joe Biden
  • 15 9
 @VelkePivo: OK, So Fauci said that in May of 2021. Like I said, he did not say "can't", so thanks for the verification. As to Biden, yea, he did say that last December before Omicron started raging, so I stand corrected on that, however at the time, he was "kinda" right with the original variants. So, like I said, things evolved over a very short period of time, just like science does.
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flag VelkePivo (Oct 12, 2022 at 15:11) (Below Threshold)
 @Chuckolicious: “When you get vaccinated, you not only protect your own health and that of the family but also you contribute to the community health by preventing the spread of the virus throughout the community,” Fauci said. “In other words, you become a dead end to the virus. And when there are a lot of dead ends around, the virus is not going to go anywhere."

The larger point is, science doesn't proceed from authority, and at its core is supposed to be humility. Instead what anyone with misgivings or skepticism received was ridicule, at best, or a loss of livelihood at worst.
  • 10 3
 @VelkePivo: That’s from the same statement in May ‘21. And with the information we had at the time, it was perfectly reasonable. What’s your point?
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flag Adamrideshisbike (Oct 12, 2022 at 16:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Chuckolicious: perfectly reasonable to make inferences with no basis. That's why people don't trust public health. But y'all think a podcaster is the problem.
  • 5 2
 @Adamrideshisbike: not sure what that means. Can you explain?
  • 7 2
 @Adamrideshisbike: No. It means utter bullshit that isn't proven or backed up by the scientific know, the process that put a man on the moon and allowed for pretty much everything else that we enjoy in the modern world. Including the bikes we ride.
  • 9 2
 @Chuckolicious: LOl.It's not worth arguing with people with this mindset. Unlike science that will try to disprove itself and accept that and move forward they will take that one "fact" to the grave. Sadly sometimes quite literally.
  • 2 2
 shut up and ride your bikes, leave rogan for the polarized and who cannot handle with a pinch of salt what he gives platform to.... (I wont go to lac blanc ; ).. my son's first bike park. )/
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flag VelkePivo (Oct 13, 2022 at 4:28) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb-jon: Your cited studies are outdated. Your "reputable" sources now admit the vaccines do not prevent or substantially mitigate transmission. You can just look around you at all the vaccinated and boosted people who got Covid 2, 3 or more times. As for efficacy at mitigating the severity of covid, I and most others would agree that has been clearly demonstrated. But so does losing weight and taking vitamin D. Consider the possibility that it's you and your ilk who are the ones impervious to evidence and good sense for social reasons.
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 @Chuckolicious: The point is he and others spoke declaratively that what they said was TRUE and ridiculed people who had doubts, and those people have been proven correct. The whole point of mandates was to protect others, and the vaccines did little-to-nothing to stop transmission.
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 @Dustfarter: I promise you I'm at least as science-minded as you. Your utter certainty is itself unscientific in spirit
  • 4 4
 @VelkePivo: hey man Covid is a bit of a done deal now, we’ve worked it all through using science, which is just a process for understanding the world, and are out the other side with a fairly solid understanding of it all. I think the other nuts have left you behind and are on to Trump or crypto now, time to move on eh?
  • 3 2
 Spot on@Adamrideshisbike:
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 @Peskycoots: But "we" didn't work through it with just science. It was an ugly mix of tribalism, fear, politics and profit. And talk to Dustfarter about moving on.
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 @VelkePivo: i cant fint any sources to youre claims from any peer reviewed studies. Could you link the ones youre talking about?

three of my links are dated inbetween january and august 2022. where the steongest supporting study is dated 25 august 2022. Is it really outdated?

I really would advice against trusting anecdotal observations above peer reviewed studies when it comes to statistics.
  • 4 5
 @Lagr1980: Show me on the Apple Podcast where Joe Rogan touched you. #1 podcast of all time. Keep on hating and making it bigger.
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 @carters75: trying hard here to understand how did you read my comment. Just kiddin', I dont care. Perhaps I listen to the guy, perhaps not..
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 @carters75: So you're a proud listener of a white guy who makes copious use of the N-word, among other deep character flaws; got it.
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 @mtb-jon: When I see vaxxed and boosted people all round me and in the media getting covid, I don't need a study to know it was in error to say the vaccine prevents transmission. I would advise thinking for yourself and not completely trusting authority.
  • 4 3
 @mtb-jon: His response was sad, but not at all surprising. Oh well, can’t fix…
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 @VelkePivo: yeah... kinda hard to take you serious when you tell med to think for myself while saying that you get youre convictions from the tv in the same breath.

You do realize that the people around you got covid not because the vaccine was ineffective but because people around them didnt get vaccinated.
It really doesnt take more then two brain cells to figure that one out.
I can excuse ignorance but being antivaxx in 2022? Come on, that is just being straight up dumb
  • 5 0
 well, that escalated quickly...
  • 2 1
 @mtb-jon: I see what you're saying. The "vaccine" also didn't prevent infection. lol
  • 5 1
 @mtb-jon: I appreciate you engaging with this topic, however I think the opening statement of your second paragraph is a gross overstatement, and I am saying that as a vaxxed and boosted person. Ever since the emergence of the Delta variant, which happened in late Spring 2021, about 4-5months after the vaccines were rolled out, the vaccine effectiveness took a serious hit, such that vaxx advocates should have recalibrated and gotten off their high horses when it comes to the transmission issue. This outbreak ( should have been a wake up call for everyone, but the public health messaging remained largely unchanged, so I can understand the vaxx skeptics being frustrated.

There is still a strong argument to be made for vaxxes reducing serious illness or death, but that is largely a case based on self interest, rather that community interest and preventing the spread. Similarly, antibody levels drop precipitously in the months after receiving an MRNA vaxx such that you are pretty much back to baseline after 4-5months. There is still the some potential for protection from B and T cell immunity, but that hasn't been quantified, so making statements as to the level of protection retained 6+months post dose are unwarranted.

Again, I am vaxxed and recently boosted, but I am under no illusions that it will provide me with a high degree of protection against contracting or passing on Covid, particularly the Omicron variants now circulating, and that goes doubly once I get past that 4ish month period of elevated antibodies. I got the recent booster due to plans I had for a few high risk events in this time period, but in no way do I consider myself morally superior to someone who chooses not to get vaxxed. It really irritates me to see people who got the initial doses and no recent boosters, acting as if they are well protected 12+ months later (they're not), going maskless (despite Omicron being in wide circulation), all while talking trash about the unvaxxed.

If you've gotten all available boosters, and are wearing a properly fitted N95 respirator in all public indoor settings (which offers better protection than the vaxxes), then my apologies, you're doing your part and deserve to ride a high horse, and can freely talk trash about everyone else, both vaxxed and unvaxxed.
  • 5 4
 @mtb-jon: I'll close out my participation here by saying I'm not the least bit "antivaxx." If I didn't have a hyper-active immune system and medical advisement not to take the vaccine, I would have. What I am against is the immediate bullying that took place, the idiotic lockdowns, and I'm deeply suspicious of how pharma, their political donees and media all fell into lockstep.
  • 1 5
flag carters75 (Oct 13, 2022 at 14:28) (Below Threshold)
 @barp: Tell me you haven't listened to the JRE podcast without telling me.
Keep drinking the leftist cool aid.
  • 6 2
 @carters75: I listened to the supercut of him saying n****r over and over again. That's all I need to know about the quality of the man. But you do you, boo.
  • 3 5
 @barp: you've basically said it twice now on a bike forum should we not pay attention to you either? How about we cut up what you said out of context and let the world know how racist you are. That's all the "news media" does these days so it should be ok for the public to do as well.
  • 3 1
 @MikeGruhler: I've specifically NOT said it twice, ya dingus.

Please, do me next. I f*cking dare you to make me look even 1% as racist as that guy.
  • 2 3
 @barp: Look out everyone, we have a bad ass over here. Fking Imbecile.
  • 7 1
 That's terrifying. Imagine that happening, you get up thinking wtf, then you look down and there's a hole in your stomach. Hopefully he missed the antlers.
  • 3 0
 He did got punctured and then lost consciousness. Scary
  • 3 0
 Wtf, glad I live in Australia...bears, cougars and now dear. More things to fear! Like and episode of forged in fire, it's not what your blade does to the antlers, it's what the antlers do to your blade. Obviously the antlers fck you up! No thanks. Hope the rider is okay.
  • 1 0
 Yeh I just ride solo with a bandage in case of snake bite, thankful I dont have to wear a stab vest in case of deer and carry a desert eagle in case of grizzlies and mountain lions.
  • 3 0
 @ctd07: You wear a kevlar helmet in case of drop bear attacks though, right?
  • 1 0
 Yes, it must be nice to live somewhere with no dangerous flora and fauna. Hang on, you're in Australia?
  • 1 0
 @commental: haha. Dont forget, if you lay down on your lawn. It to will leave you with an itch, like it's trying to kill you
  • 2 0
 They are nuts ,they appear from nowhere ,I had here in Portugal ,yes Portugal 2 encounters not like that but scary has shit like where the f*ck did this thing came ,it was in the Alentejo region ,they just jump fences and act like crazy to find another fence to cross ,even on the roads ,they are a danger,I caught one in the night on the road and say what ?lucky the animal was facing forward ,because facing you with the head lights they go blind and it you (poor things )I think Santa doesn’t have control on them now ,the best for you ,that was a scary thing
  • 2 0
 Rut season casualty? I just came across a large mule deer buck and a couple of doe who were (uncharacteristically) not interested in moving off the trail. Thought maybe it was magic time...
  • 1 0
 Mule deer generally rut in mid to late November into December
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 I remember this happening to the lad up in front of me night riding but with a 60 kg deer. Just sideswiped him off the trail in front of me. He had his lights on his bars so he had absolutely no idea what had happened so was just running around in the dark terrified. I had to stop laughing before I could tell him what had happened.
  • 1 0
 i had a hurd of deer charge along beside me on a cannockchace night ride years ago,thay all started crossing the trail in front and behind me jumping about 5 ft in the air it was crazy thay were moveing way faster than we could ride leaping through the undergrowth in the pitch dark night like it was mid day.
  • 1 0
 I though I saw a guy at beacon hill get hit by/or hit a deer on the steep section of "commitment issues". It was out of the corner of my eye, but I looked over and the guy had fell, and a deer was running away from where he was. If that was you, someone did see it. I think it was last season
  • 3 0
 I knew it was gonna happen and still jumped. On mute to boot, being at work
  • 4 0
 Getting some early practice for RedElk Rampage?
  • 2 0
 Red Stag rampage? Thinking this may have occurred in Germany?
  • 3 0
 Glad the rider is okay but can see the elk standing next to his mate going 'here he comes this sh#t'
  • 3 0
 i know a guy who hit a deer while on his road bike last year. 12 days in the hospital...
  • 4 0
 Why it's never good to get caught in a rut.
  • 3 0
 Elk must have been lucky to pull a Mt.biker tag.. all his buddies hot Hunters and Jeeps
  • 4 0
 Is that a Giant Reign Dear?
  • 3 0
 Yikes! That happened fast.
How's Ernie the elk doing?
  • 14 3
 I hope he was delicious.
  • 3 0
 Insane! He's lucky to be alive.
  • 4 1
 He paid deerly for that ride
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 is the bike okay?
  • 1 0
 Rider is pretty lucky. I know of multiple people who have had similar run ins with deer on motos and been punctured by their antlers causing some pretty serious damage.
  • 1 0
 That was terrifying. I legit jumped when I saw that rack come into frame. Hope no major injuries.
  • 1 0
 If this is a recent video then yes I believe it is rutting session for elk right now.
  • 2 0
 Possibly the gnarliest thing I've seen.
  • 2 0
 HOLY SH!T! That could have gone way worse! Glad you're ok.
  • 4 1
 But is the bike ok?
  • 4 2
 Another reason not to like flow trails?
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  • 2 0
 Scott Stevens was reborn into a Elk ?
  • 3 0
 Does Eric Lindros mountain bike?
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Career ender
  • 2 0
 He is okay? The elk or the guy?
  • 2 0
 I'm trying to figure out the same thing... but the comments went waaaay. off track...
  • 2 4
 @Mtn-Goat-13: You, like many others are likely baseing your "opinion" on rumor and not from "actually" listening. I really don't care if you or anyone likes Rogan, but I do find it funny that most don't actually listen to someone then base your opinon on what you heard they say or stand for. This is the primary reason why people can't be bothered to have conversation with others of different viewpoints, they are too busy bashing them or being "offended".
  • 2 0
 An Elk walks into a bar...
  • 2 0
 That's actually Mike Vanderman with a deer-head hat...
  • 1 0
 It's probably a stag and not an elk. It seems there is no elk in Vosges (lac blanc)
  • 1 0
 I hit a deer a few years ago that jumped out of a bush on the side of the trail right into me...weirdest thing ever.
  • 1 0
 Hitting elk makes you savage
  • 1 0
 Next level scary. Glad to hear they are ok. Sheesh.
  • 2 0
 There is a joke in this.
  • 2 1
 Not an elk. Still sucks though.
  • 1 0
 Dude could have died getting skewered with those antlers!
  • 1 0
 This feels like an ad for an optometrist
  • 1 0
 Holy sh*t, that would suck, never want that to happen to me.
  • 1 0
 Was that a "f*ck Off!!"
  • 1 0
 He got got
  • 1 0
 Yikes Eek
  • 1 0
 Holy moly!!!
  • 1 0
 jesus chrimeny batman
  • 1 0
 Get well soon!
  • 1 0
 Red Dear Rampage
  • 2 1
 Hope the dear was ok
  • 1 0
 Dear oh dear!
  • 3 4
 Looks like session
  • 1 0
 Do you mean looks like a session? haha

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