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post #1 of 21 Old Jun 27th, 2015, 9:03 pm Thread Starter
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Deer Whistles

My wife and I just had a close call tonight with a deer on the big LT but it is still no match for a deer and so I thought it was time to ask if anybody has any thought on if deer whistles if it would work or not

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post #2 of 21 Old Jun 27th, 2015, 9:22 pm
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Re: Deer Whistles

FWIW, I researched and wrote a college paper a few years back regarding deer whistles. The Reader's Digest answer is there's no conclusive data to prove deer whistles provide their intended benefit. There's a suggestion whistles do the opposite, attrack animals to the sound!
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Urban myth. Don't waste you money

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Well looks like I WILL not waste my time and money on the whistles THANKS

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Re: Deer Whistles

a few years ago I lived north of Pittsburgh, Pa. and I had to travel 45 miles home at night every night from work through wooded areas and I ended up just leaving my music playing through the speakers. I just kept it where I normally do and I figured it would let any critter know there was something out there. In 15 years of riding I only had 2 encounters and one of those was from a deer running. Once a deer starts running pretty much nothing will distract him is what I was told by some hunter friends. Other one is when I came up on 3 of them just walking down the road. Saw them in plenty of time and just slowed down as I got closer to them. When they realized I was behind them they ran into the woods. For the first couple of years I had deer whistles then when I changed bikes I got one with the radio and just used it. Seemed to work for me just as well. Of course your mileage may vary. Good luck.
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Kinda reminds me of Clarence R. He had something hanging on his office wall. It was a piece of half-inch smooth metal rod about three feet long. Had four short rods about three inches long welded to one end in the form of arrow barbs set 90 degrees apart, rather like a reef anchor if anyone --- well, never mind. About three feet of light chain was attached to the other end, with a four-inch metal ring attached to the other end of the chain. It was painted bright red. Just hanging there. After seeing it numerous times and not asking because I knew Clarence, I couldn't resist any more, and asked. Clarence got the biggest possum-eatin grin on his face I've ever seen, and drawled out, "Why, Bernard, that's a deer cincher." He waited. I knew I was had but I couldn't stop. "What's a deer chincher, Clarence?" "Well, you carry one a them when you go in the woods and you don't have your gun. If you run up on a deer, you shove it up his ass and drop that there ring over a fence post, and it's a cinch you can kill the deer when you come back with your gun."

A few days later I found some deer cinchers in the old timey hardware store right next to the deer whistles.
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Deer whistles work as well as the traffic light magnets. Both work well for sucking money out of wallets.
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Oops. Gotta disagree about traffic light magnets. Had a V-Strom 1000 (or was it the V-Star that preceded it?) that would not trip the light next door to my house. This was an every-time phenomenon. Simply would not. Put on a magnet and had no further trouble. All the other bikes I've brought home trip the same trap so experience is limited, but positive.
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Re: Deer Whistles

FWIW (and I read all the articles too) I have an electronic unit that I got at the RA rally in 2007 for really cheap. I have always turned it on in areas where I might see critters. Every deer I have approached has always alerted and looked up a my bike (as quiet as the LT is). Don't know if it was the whistle or not but I still turn it on just the same.

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FWIW (and I read all the articles too) I have an electronic unit that I got at the RA rally in 2007 for really cheap. I have always turned it on in areas where I might see critters. Every deer I have approached has always alerted and looked up a my bike (as quiet as the LT is). Don't know if it was the whistle or not but I still turn it on just the same.
John what name brand electonic one did you get I think I might still try something after coming so close to looking at one straight in the eyes last night

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A good horn would be the best investment, like a Stebel Nautilus.

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post #12 of 21 Old Sep 23rd, 2015, 3:52 pm
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I lived up in the mountains a few years back and there lots of deer, had a couple close calls, etc. I decided it was time to get the whistles (car, not bike). Anyway, I'm driving home late at night and there are literally two deer in my lane just galloping away. Not only did the whistles not work, I had changes lanes to pass them as though they were a car.

I'm a little skeptical after that.
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post #13 of 21 Old Sep 23rd, 2015, 10:02 pm
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Everything I've ever read from ancedotal experience of others, nothing works, including deer whistles, as you experienced.

It's a shame nothing exists. I saw one study that said 1.2m vehicle acidents occurred in the US between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, resulting in 200 deaths and a lot of money lost ($2 billion estimate, but that seems high to me).

Now think world-wiide: if anyone could create something, they would own the world.

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Okay, can't resist -- true story. 1956, family out from Sun Valley, Idaho in the brand new very white Mercury Turnpike Cruiser station wagon (anybody remember them? fake nacelles at the top of the window posts with little horizontal fake antennae, etc.?) Dad's driving, grandmother is riding shotgun, mother and kids all over the other seats. Crest the hill of a big 4-lane; herd of cows on the road. Dad jams on the brakes. The nose dips way down; all the cow scatter except one that runs straight away from the car. As cow picks up speed and car looses it, hood of car slides gently up under the back legs; cow is now sitting on the hood and running like mad (for a cow) on front legs. Grandmother is presented with cow's ass through the windshield -- when the cow turns loose in a huge way, then slides off the hood as the car stops and hightails it off the road. To alleviate the situation dad turns on the windshield wipers/washers. Now the entire windshield is streaked evenly with brown. Grandmother is not amused. Dad is embarrassing sailors. Mother is green. Children (all boys) are rolling in hysterics on the floorboards and the storage deck.
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Noises don't work. Deer are like squirrels, they aren't smart enough to run away from a vehicle. Every deer that ever got hit by a car probably saw the car, so warning them obviously doesn't help. I'd guess that many times it's intentional when they run in front of you. Most likely the doe is on one side of the road and her fawn is on the other when you come up. She runs across the road trying to get to her fawn before the predator gets there.

There are only two things that work. Either stay off of the roads when deer are likely to be out, dusk mostly, or buy yourself some good lights, aim them towards the sides of the roads, keep your eyes open and slow down so you have time to react.

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I think they must work! Several friends of mine that ride Harleys have them and I have yet to see any deer in the local coffee shop parking lot!
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I think they must work! Several friends of mine that ride Harleys have them and I have yet to see any deer in the local coffee shop parking lot!
deer like humans hear Harley's coming a half mile away. That is why you have not heard of a Harley hitting a deer. I did have a friend cleaned off a honda 750 4 by a deer back in the 70s. Deer died at scene, buddy spent weeks in the hospital. Honda, toast.

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Have had several Harley owning friends of mine hit deer and to be fair so have several of my metric biker owning friends! Load pipes did not seem to make a difference! Very unpredictable creatures those deer! You just need to slow down and be more vigilant around sunrise and sunset!
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Or you could always just go this route.


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The closest encounter I've had with a deer was last summer after leaving CCR, heading north around 11 am on a rainy, drizzly day in British Columbia. I was concentrating on the road and the rain, and all of a sudden, one of the biggest deer I had ever seen (maybe because I was so close) jumped out in front of me from the right. Fortunately, I hit the binders and missed his hind feet by inches! Although I am on heightened alert when I see deer crossing signs, it seems I always see them in areas without posted signs (maybe they can't read?). Other than vigilance, maybe a deer whistle, and hunting season, I don't know of anything else that would minimize deer encounters.

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My wife and I just had a close call tonight with a deer on the big LT but it is still no match for a deer and so I thought it was time to ask if anybody has any thought on if deer whistles if it would work or not
No, they don't work, but what does is a Quad .50 mounted on the bike. Some drawbacks include massive load weight, bike instability when firing, and lots of unwanted attention from LEOs.
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