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Deer Whistles
« on: December 01, 2011, 01:36:41 am »
                       Found a nice mounting location for deer whistles . Thought I'd pass it along .  :motonoises:


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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2011, 03:23:13 am »
Nice location....thx.  ;D   One thing though....A Honda in the same garage as a Kawi?  Say it 'aint so. ;)
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2011, 02:35:58 pm »
Let us know if you see any proof that they work.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2011, 02:56:46 pm »
"I have a magic silver dollar I keep in my pocket to keep away the lions."

"There aren't any lions around here."

"See, it works real good!"

I have often wondered if those whistles actually work. A friend of mine installed some on his car once, so I asked him how many deer he had hit before that. He said none. If you hit none before, and never hit any again, have you really shown that the whistles work? ;D
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2011, 03:24:43 pm »
I won't use them. Just an example. If you ride on winding roads, you may scare the deer right into your path going around a turn.

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2011, 03:49:18 pm »
After hitting a deer with my car, I asked the guys at the body shop about them.  They said about half the cars that hit deer have the whistles, the other half don't.  So I haven't bothered.



I tried once, but couldn't get the deer to blow into them.    ;D
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2011, 04:16:47 pm »
A friend of mine has ridden all his life...he's 60 so a long time and has always had them on every vehicle . He's never hif a deer and has seen them scatter well before he got to them . All I know is my last ride through the Texas hill country I had 3 cross my path pretty close without the whistles on so I'm going with the "they work " theory . But who knows . I'm just hoping they only scare off the deer and not the dears...lol .
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2011, 05:04:18 pm »
Have been thinking of adding some to the bike and the cage.
I was told by an old timer that what they actually do is make the deer stop in their tracks and look to see what is creating that weird noise, not a good thing if they are around the bend in the middle of the road. He also told me that because of the high use of them they have become less effective as deer become used to hearing the sound. During rutting season bucks will run blindly through a busy six lane highway just to get to a doe. I'm always on the lookout near dusk and dawn especially. Wish there were more hunters in CT.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2011, 05:14:48 pm »

I tried once, but couldn't get the deer to blow into them.    ;D


IMHO they don't work. There are many studies which show no evidence they work with any degree of regularity. Confirmation as to where they work is too inconclusive.

http://www.iihs.org/research/advisories/iihs_advisory_31.pdf
http://www.statefarm.com/aboutus/_pressreleases/2010/annual-deer-hit-study.asp
http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/cepublications/eb1677/eb1677.html

I've asked many a deer this question but they don't seem to respond, so my conclusion is deer are deaf, or they just don't like me.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2011, 05:15:37 pm »
Just remember to install them the right way round. Get this wrong, and deer will be leaping in front of you.  ;D
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2011, 05:19:32 pm »
"I have a magic silver dollar I keep in my pocket to keep away the lions."

"There aren't any lions around here."

"See, it works real good!"


My Uncle used to walk through downtown totally naked while blowing a whistle at exactly 6am every morning until he was arrested for indecent exposure. He claimed the reason why he was doing this was because by blowing the whistle naked exactly at 6 am he was keeping the Elephants from roaming through North America. When he was told there are no roaming Elephants in North America, He said "See it works!"   :rotflmao:

It is impossible to prove positive a negative. (well in math there isn't, but Deer don't do math!)
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2011, 05:39:10 pm »
I believe that the reason deer jump in front of vehicles is because all of the sound from a vehicle comes from the rear and by the time its loud enough for them to percieve it as a threat its right there . Anytime you can project the sound ahead should be a good thing . Now going around a curve ? All bets are off I would think .
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2011, 06:11:34 pm »
State farm map. Incident probability rate of collision with deer.

http://www.statefarm.com/_pdf/collision_likelihood_09.pdf

West Virginia, Michigan and Pennsylvannia are by far the worst!  Man o man!

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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2011, 06:16:24 pm »
I saw a map like that just after the West Virginia nationals.  I figured with the attendance at the nationals about 5 people at the rally should have hit a deer.  I found out four hit deer and one hit a bear I think.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2011, 06:43:46 pm »
I found out four hit deer and one hit a bear I think.

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2011, 06:44:04 pm »
In 1994 I hit a deer with my 1984 Thunderbird at 40 MPH (as observed by the Washington State Trooper who was tailgating me at the time hoping I'd go over the limit so he could ticket me = FAIL).   It messed that car up pretty good, and made me late for work.  Didn't kill the deer, the Trooper had to shoot it three, (that's THREE) times in the head with his 9mm to put it down.

After the repairs I installed a set of deer whistles on that car.  I drove it for another 11 years and never hit another deer.  After the T-bird died due to an electrical fire, I STILL have not hit anymore deer, even though they are as thick as flies on a s41t-pile around here.   I have also not had a heart attack, gout, mumps, hiccups, small-pox, shingles, or neuralgia and my house has withstood two earthquakes.

So, I would advise everyone to get some deer whistles, and life will be good.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2011, 06:46:02 pm »
Idaho a low risk?  I guess thats because you dont hit deer, you hit elk :rotflmao:

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2011, 06:50:04 pm »
I guess I should mention there's a device called the Hornet which is actually a powered deer whistle.  I had one for a while years ago, could hear it about 200 yards away.  Couldnt tell you if it actually worked though...
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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2011, 07:48:01 pm »
Yep it shows Texas as low risk also.  That may be true unless you are riding in the hill country at night.  Ask Rev_Rider how much higher the chances are then.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2011, 08:14:08 pm »
I guess I should mention there's a device called the Hornet which is actually a powered deer whistle.  I had one for a while years ago, could hear it about 200 yards away.  Couldnt tell you if it actually worked though...


I like this style of "powered" Hornet. Very effective on deer. However diffiuclt and potentially illegal to mount and use on a motorcycle

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2011, 09:05:27 pm »
I guess I should mention there's a device called the Hornet which is actually a powered deer whistle.  I had one for a while years ago, could hear it about 200 yards away.  Couldnt tell you if it actually worked though...


I like this style of "powered" Hornet. Very effective on deer. However diffiuclt and potentially illegal to mount and use on a motorcycle



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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2011, 11:16:44 pm »
That style of Hornet is a little lite for our deer unless we're talking head shot.  Now my neighbors, the Bumpkiss's, got some dogs I'd might to try it on >:D
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2011, 01:57:11 am »
had a neighbor once who had deer whistles on his car. one day I inquired as why his deer whistles were all busted up, he said it was because he hit a deer.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2011, 04:07:59 am »
  Funny how a deer can hear a whistle but not a PeterBuilt!!??     OH MY!, I hear a whistle. Maybe I should get out of the road.

   What brand of whistle should I get? Should I get a plastic one or an organic one. ???
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« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2011, 08:39:29 am »
For what it is worth. I did spend a bit of time around the auto industry. You would be amazed how many vehicles go to body shops with damage from collision with deer, that have the deer alerts (or use to) on the cars.