I have tapped a deer, no real damage to my car or the deer. My husband hit a deer a few weeks ago, the deer went down but then got up and ran off. Big damage to the car.
Thank goodness all of you who have had an experience hitting a deer are okay. It could be so much worse.
Here's a crazy story: In September (I was away and didn't see it, thankfully) my family found a deer in our back yard that had an arrow in its back end. It must have been hit and able to run away, but later died. The township would not come and take it away, they only remove animals if they are on public property. They said we could drag it to the street, but no one was about to touch it. We paid someone to come and take it away.
They are all over the place here. And they are causing more and more accidents as they become less frightened by humans and cars. I have pulled into my driveway and found 20-25 deer at the bottom, they just stand there and look at me. They don't even move until I get about a foot away and beep my horn. I don't want to open the garage door with them so close, I'm afraid one will go in and then I'll have a mess.