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Old 01-25-2017, 07:41 PM   #15
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If a deer did hear the whistle does it know what it means, PROBABLY NOT!!!
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With no prior experience or knowledge, I'm wondering if Deer Whistles actually work .....

They work about as well as those signs on the side of the road that tell them where to cross.

"Deer crossing next 2 miles"

I guess the deer around here don't read too well.
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My father in law hit his first deer in over 50 years of driving after installing those on his car .
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Old 01-25-2017, 09:24 PM   #18
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Since deer can not whistle them selves, when they hear whistles they run out and break into humming the tune. You got it, Georgia brown!! Some of them get so excited that they run in front of the car.
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Ok-Ok Gents, messages well received.

I will forego the idea as I too suspect they don't really do any good. What about black cats or chickens crossing the roads. Any further advice?
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Ok-Ok Gents, messages well received.

I will forego the idea as I too suspect they don't really do any good. What about black cats or chickens crossing the roads. Any further advice?
Black cats are a definite no-no. Best to stop as that can make you so nervous that you can't drive straight
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What about black cats or chickens crossing the roads. Any further advice?

They don't do anywhere near as much damage as Bambi does. While I do love animals my first reaction when I see something running towards the road is to quickly glance in the rearview mirror. If there's somebody behind me I'm going to think twice about stomping on the brakes.
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Old 01-26-2017, 07:33 AM   #22
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State Farm used to give deer whistles away. So I like to use them.

That and my rabbit's foot keep the deer away
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My job was to supply parts to body shops for collision repairs. Regularly, deer whistles were on the parts lists.
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Old 01-26-2017, 07:50 AM   #24
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Our '97 Geo Tracker's "beep beep" horn seemed to work on deer, goats, and sheep so well that I went to a junkyard and found three horns off three foreign vehicles. Installed one on our coach and one on our towed.
Haven't had a deer close but seems to scare the blazes out of the goats and sheep. Sound the Beep horn and see nothing but goat butts going away!!
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Cows, yup cows, are dumber then deer.
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Twinboat I must respectfully disagree. A cow will walk away from your vehicle and stay away! A deer will walk away from your vehicle and then jump right in front of it!

And that could be an "udder" catastrophe!
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A secretary swore by them and while driving in town, saw a deer running toward the road and came to a full stop. The deer continued and ran into the rear door on the drivers side, caving it in badly.
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When you come to a full stop... most deer whistles stop whistling.
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Long ago (like 30 years) I read a study about deer whistles - essentially compilation of deer/car interactions and whether cars had deer whistles - result of study what zero correlation between deer whistles and cars hitting them.

Being this was based around accidents, I suspect there were a lot of deer strikes, even on cars with whistles. So while not conclusive, the study certainly showed whistles were no guarantee.

Recently I learned that deer, being prey animals, have a "random direction" generator in their brain - so when startled, they jump/dodge pretty randomly to avoid predators. The more random, the more likely to survive. So the current crop likely has the most random brains ever.

This alone is enough to explain why noisemakers are useless - since their flight instinct is random, triggering it means you're just setting up a bad situation.

I grew up in deer country - ONLY deer I've ever hit (3 or 4 times now) have ALL run into the side of the car - one while I was stopped.

There's likely no way we can protect vehicles from the way deer bolt randomly...
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