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    audible or inaudible deer deterrent device

    A fellow rider told me the other day that there are these little "whistles" that you can mount on your front forks, as air passes through them, they whistle at a range that humans can't hear but deer and other animals can. He said they warn the animals ahead of you and it scares them off the road. I have not been able to find the product.

    Has anyone heard of this? (no pun intended). And do they actually work?

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    Dad has them on a couple of bikes and swears by them. Deer look at me when I ride by, they take off in the opposite direction when he does. You can get plastic simple ones or electronic ones with on/off switch. You can hear the electronic one, it's a high pitch hum.
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    Around here we call them elephant whistles. They work too, have never hit an Elephant!
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    I've heard these things work pretty well:
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    I need one of those. I've been sacrificing goats and burning incense. The neighbors are starting to complain.
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    Years ago they started to put them on a lot of the Police cars around the region, but then studied the deer strikes prior and post and found no difference in the number of collisions.

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    I use the visual alerts. Mine are mounted just above and to the right and left of my nose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyatheart View Post
    And do they actually work?
    The short answer is that they don't work.

    For a longer answer, type this into Google's search field: studies whistles deer

    You'll get several pages worth of information leading you to summaries of various government, university and insurance company studies that found them ineffective.

    My personal take on it is that deer evolved (or were created, if that's your preference) to be wary of predators and their behavior patterns. Deer really aren't the brightest bulbs in the Mammalia class, and they just don't know what to make of lights, whistles, and vehicles. Wolves don't move at 65mph down the highways, cougars don't blow whistles and coyotes don't wear lights, so these items pretty much leave deer stumped and looking like, well, "deer in the headlights."

    Deer don't have the foggiest notion that a vehicle heading their way is dangerous until it's right on them. They have no notion of what a high-speed impact could mean, and a whistle does nothing to help enlighten them.

    When deer encounter something unfamiliar and potentially dangerous, instinct simply tells them to remain, more or less, motionless. When that unfamiliar thing is finally identified as something big that's moving into their perceived safety zone, their fight or flight instinct kicks in. Not having the mental vocabulary to know what the heck a moving car, or motorcycle or whistle means, they pretty much just freeze up at first, then bolt, totally confused, in any one of a dozen different directions — including straight at you.

    Now if some manufacturer can figure out a way to fool deer into thinking motorcycles are rapidly approaching wolves, cougars or hunters, I think we might have a realistically workable product.
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    After hitting a deer a couple years ago I did some searching and reading on the various forms of deer whistles and alerting devices. I came to the conclusion that there was serious need for something better, somthing that might actually work.

    I spent many hours, (well maybe minutes actually) developing a new deer warning device that could be attached to my motorcycle. I've been testing this invention over the past year and a half, and while I have seen several deer while riding, I have not had another collision with one since installing this device on my motorcycle. I must thereofre conclude that my testing has produced 100% positive results. I am not planning to market this invention, but am happy to share it with all motorcyclists to the betterment of the community.

    Scroll down for a look at this amazing, yet simple device.




































































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    Quote Originally Posted by criminaldesign View Post
    Dad has them on a couple of bikes and swears by them. Deer look at me when I ride by, they take off in the opposite direction when he does. You can get plastic simple ones or electronic ones with on/off switch. You can hear the electronic one, it's a high pitch hum.
    Yes, yes you can hear them (and quite well, to) and its very anoying to folks sleeping when you pull into camp at 10 PM at night! so yes those need an on/off switch! if'n I had been a dear (or buck) with antlers there'd have been one ihru someones tank!

    As for working with deer, I suppose if they were sleeeping.....

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    ah come on Jeff, all the snoring from camp drowned it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyatheart View Post
    Has anyone heard of this? And do they actually work?

    Yes, about a week after I was born I heard about them.

    Perhaps, I have not had an opportunity to speak to a deer about this.
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    Deer scarer thingee

    "...Scroll down for a look at this amazing, yet simple device..."
    Ed - What exactly are we looking at here? I know that deer are apparently color blind, and that they can't see certain colors at all, and that hunters wear reddish high viz attention getting clothing ("Hey, hoser - I didn't know deer could climb trees, but sure as shootin' they's one a dem up in that pine tree yonder. You got a better angle on it, so you go 'head and knock that eye catchin' buzzard outta that tree."), so I guess your invention is that red thing with the holly leaf shaped design (or maybe it is supposed to be the footprint of the big butted lounge lizard) on it.
    I know you aren't going to sell them, but if you did, how much would you want for a couple of them? And do they come in any other colors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flars View Post
    "...Scroll down for a look at this amazing, yet simple device..."
    Ed - What exactly are we looking at here? I know that deer are apparently color blind, and that they can't see certain colors at all, and that hunters wear reddish high viz attention getting clothing ("Hey, hoser - I didn't know deer could climb trees, but sure as shootin' they's one a dem up in that pine tree yonder. You got a better angle on it, so you go 'head and knock that eye catchin' buzzard outta that tree."), so I guess your invention is that red thing with the holly leaf shaped design (or maybe it is supposed to be the footprint of the big butted lounge lizard) on it.
    I know you aren't going to sell them, but if you did, how much would you want for a couple of them? And do they come in any other colors?
    reminds of the lyric to an old song about hunting..

    "Two game wardens, 7 hunters and cow" for which the hunter got a citation, it seems cows were out of season! Ha Ha! (thank you Tom Lehrer...)

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