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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2011, 12:45:44 pm »
In 25 years of owning a bodyshop in deer country... where a mojority of my work was actuallt deer hit related... it is amazing that MOST vehicles that strike deer (or that deer strike) do have deer whistles.  I call them deer calls.  Believe me, they do not help a deer stay out of your way and may not even be discernable by deer over the other noises a vehicle makes. IF they had any real provable advantage that could some how be measured as being even slightly effective, every insurance policy would come with a set.  IMHO... worhtless waste of money and the biggest gimmick around.  BUT they are cheap and so people buy them.  I know the argument, "Well when they work you don't get those cars into your shop."  But that won't really fly either since deer miss cars with and without them and hit cars with and without them.  Just my .02

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2011, 04:13:58 pm »
Hawaii is the place to be if you fear deer~!

I would have expected a zero chance, did they have one escape from a zoo?? ???
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2011, 05:13:13 pm »
I wonder if the owners of all those cars with whistles that were hit anyway ever bothered to remove them and clean them like you are supposed to . One bug lodged in either whistle renders them useless . My guess is none of them ever did . Proper maintenance keeps you alive in many ways . Mine will be staying on the bike I've heard too many people praise them .
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2011, 05:29:03 pm »
Deer whistles work just like: Loud pipes save lives; wearing a helmet is more dangerous than not wearing a helmet; Don't EVER use that front brake 'cuz it'll throw you over the bike; (and my personal favorite) I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.

Unlike the rest of the myths I referenced above, using deer whisles won't (potentially) hurt you. Other than costing you a few bucks and a little time for the installation, they are harmless so if you want to use them - by all means do so.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2011, 06:13:25 pm »
My dog whistle app on my phone sure shuts up the neighbors barking dog in a hurry ! Lol .

This sounds like a good one for the myth buster guys .
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2011, 06:20:21 pm »
Across the pond we don't have a problem with deer (or earthquakes, tornados, forest fires & Republicans (that last one was a joke). But what about fitting those fantastic cow catchers that you guys have on the front of your locos?

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #31 on: December 03, 2011, 12:11:55 pm »
My dog whistle app on my phone sure shuts up the neighbors barking dog in a hurry ! Lol .

This sounds like a good one for the myth buster guys .
sounds like a good idea, my wife's dog is constantly yelping in the morning when I'm trying to sleep.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #32 on: December 03, 2011, 09:52:59 pm »
We have had discussions here  about deer whistles .   My friend told me he drove transport trucks most of his life and decided to try  deer whistles.  Right after he installed them  he hit his first deer. Off  came the deer whistles. I would not want to scare deer out in front of me any more than I would blow the horn at a group of them and watch  them spring out in front of me. I know because I did it.   No deer whistles for me but my air horns on two different occasions  did scare  (2 deer each time)  away from me   that were running along side  a group of us and I knew they would have  crossed in front of me if I did not have the air horns. My friend Jim was there and he installed a Steibel  air horn after seeing how well it worked.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #33 on: December 03, 2011, 10:12:57 pm »
We have had discussions here  about deer whistles .   My friend told me he drove transport trucks most of his life and decided to try  deer whistles.  Right after he installed them  he hit his first deer. Off  came the deer whistles. I would not want to scare deer out in front of me any more than I would blow the horn at a group of them and watch  them spring out in front of me. I know because I did it.   No deer whistles for me but my air horns on two different occasions  did scare  (2 deer each time)  away from me   that were running along side  a group of us and I knew they would have  crossed in front of me if I did not have the air horns. My friend Jim was there and he installed a Steibel  air horn after seeing how well it worked.
+1 I come across the same thing here in NC. That air horn will shoo them away.  All the time for me so far.

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2011, 10:13:10 pm »
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but my air horns on two different occasions  did scare  (2 deer each time)  away from me   that were running along side  a group of us and I knew they would have  crossed in front of me if I did not have the air horns.

That sounds like the best idea yet, air horns :beerchug:
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #35 on: December 04, 2011, 03:54:53 pm »
Every bike I have owned and didn't have a Deer Whistle I hit a deer.  Every bike I have owned that had Deer Whistles I have not hit a deer. 
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #36 on: December 05, 2011, 12:07:48 am »
Every bike I have owned and didn't have a Deer Whistle I hit a deer.  Every bike I have owned that had Deer Whistles I have not hit a deer.
I guess we should ask if you use a particular brand as I read there are cheap dollar versions that dont work well.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #37 on: December 05, 2011, 02:04:01 am »
Every bike I have owned and didn't have a Deer Whistle I hit a deer.  Every bike I have owned that had Deer Whistles I have not hit a deer.
I guess we should ask if you use a particular brand as I read there are cheap dollar versions that dont work well.

I won't get into a debate about them, but I use the Hornet.

The bottom line is nothing is going to make you safe riding 80 mile per hour at night through Deer Country.  In my experience if the Deer are used to road noise, there is no device that will make any difference.  I have also found that Deer that are used to road noise are not the ones that are of the biggest concern, concern yes, but not the biggest.  I fear the one that jumps at every little noise, because they are the ones that are totally unpredictable.

I have found over the years that all the Hornet does is get the attention of the Deer and in most all cases they tend to move away from the sound.  Does it work on every Deer out there, no it doesn't, but if painting my bike pink would keep me from hitting them, I would paint it pink in a New York minute.  My last Deer strike put me in intensive care with numerous broken bones.

If some don't think their effective, then don't buy one, as for me I think the Hornet at least does have some effectiveness, so I will keep using them.  I'm on borrowed time right now because since I bought my Connie I have not installed a Hornet on it, so I think I will order one now before it becomes one of my statistics.

I think one thing I would add is the best defense is riding conservatively and being aware.  Of course that is what I was doing the last time I hit one.

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #38 on: December 05, 2011, 04:09:32 am »
                       Found a nice mounting location for deer whistles . Thought I'd pass it along .  :motonoises:

Thats where PO mounted them and I do believe they work. Have never startled any deer and none of bolted in front of me,
 all actually locate me very quickly then bolt in the opposite direction.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #39 on: December 05, 2011, 11:13:04 pm »
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #40 on: December 13, 2011, 05:12:16 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 #41 on: December 14, 2011, 01:21:15 am »
Neat videos.  I was doing some google searches and  I find pretty much the same info where ever I look. (dont shoot the messenger)
http://www.ibmwr.org/otech/deerw.html
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« Reply #42 on: December 23, 2011, 02:34:02 pm »
Neat videos.  I was doing some google searches and  I find pretty much the same info where ever I look. (dont shoot the messenger)
http://www.ibmwr.org/otech/deerw.html

Good info but until we can ask the deer what they think....I'm sticking with em.....its 5 bucks...whoopie .

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #43 on: December 28, 2011, 04:28:25 pm »
I had a pair mounted on Connie's front fender when the kamakazi turkey vulture blasted the right side mirror off. 

I know that will help the discussion along.

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #44 on: December 28, 2011, 05:59:59 pm »
Birds are not the brightest when it comes to playing 'chicken' with the vehicles. Not too long ago and friend and I were riding along. He was in the right tire track and I was back a bit ( more than normal bike formation ) in the left tire track.  -- This bird swoops in from the left hand side. this bird obviously failed in bird school and was a bit late. nailed my friend right in the leg.  As the bird bounces off/back and hovers there in the air flappings its wings, dazed, and probably wondering WTF, its now right in my path. This dumb a** bird is so dazed I have to move over into the right hand side of the lane and go around it, with it still flapping away right there in the lane.
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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #45 on: December 28, 2011, 06:22:21 pm »
Birds are not the brightest when it comes to playing 'chicken' with the vehicles. Not too long ago and friend and I were riding along. He was in the right tire track and I was back a bit ( more than normal bike formation ) in the left tire track.  -- This bird swoops in from the left hand side. this bird obviously failed in bird school and was a bit late. nailed my friend right in the leg.  As the bird bounces off/back and hovers there in the air flappings its wings, dazed, and probably wondering WTF, its now right in my path. This dumb a** bird is so dazed I have to move over into the right hand side of the lane and go around it, with it still flapping away right there in the lane.

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Re: Deer Whistles
« Reply #46 on: January 11, 2012, 03:28:43 pm »
I recall from the Wildflower trip last year that cussing very loudly doesn't help...

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