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Old 07-16-2015, 08:02 AM   #15
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Great comments and stories. I agree, it's a bit of the roll of the dice. I don't know why I didn't hit the breaks. Maybe just had no time. Good point about not swerving. Hopefully, I won't be confronted by this dilemma too often - never again would be fine. Thanks for the thoughts/opinions/suggestions!
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:17 AM   #16
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Get a front bumper from these guys and you won't be quite as worried.

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Old 07-16-2015, 09:22 AM   #17
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After 3 vehicle - deer collisions, I purchased at Wal Mart "Deer Warning" whistles by a company named Bell. They seem to be very effective. I have seen deer look at us and move the other way when we approach.
Inexpensive and worth a try.
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:32 AM   #18
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I commonly drive US highway 12 between Missoula MT and my home in Idaho at night. Usually in my sedan, not towing. But one trip I had to brake or stop for deer or elk 12 times in 110 miles. ABS is good. And don't swerve, just go stop as fast as you can and go by the critters at 5 to 10 mph. Oh, the posted speed on the road is 50 mph, and at night I drive no faster than 45, with 40 being a better speed.

I have only hit one deer in 30 years. And another hit me, I was doing 50 and one came up the river bank, and across the road and into my car, head first. Took off the rear view mirror and some chrome.

The worst is driving too fast at night in our western "open range" country. That is no fences required from domestic critters owners. I assisted at a scary accident one night in Montana where a VW Rabbit went between the front and back legs of a horse and the body hit the windshield, sideways. The driver was very badly cut up from the glass. We could not find the horse in the dark.
Yep ... some of the folks new to the area never adjust / learn... we took out three deer at under 40 mph near Livingston and one on the West shore of Flathead Lake ... fortunately, our speed was low and not towing at the time.
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:51 AM   #19
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Research has shown that deer whistles do not work.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:34 AM   #20
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I suggest a "wolf" horn will work a lot better than those whistles except in town around short skirts and hot pants.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:50 PM   #21
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"Research has shown that deer whistles do not work."
I don't know about the research, but all the anecdotal evidence that I know of points in the other direction.
Less than $5 cost ---5 min to install --Seems prudent.
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Old 07-16-2015, 03:24 PM   #22
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Well if they would just stop posting those Deer Crossing sign they would not be crossing the highway Duh just couldn't help it. Your very lucky.
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Local auto body shops regularly repair deer damaged cars with deer whistles on them. When there are no deer around, they work just fine. Anecdotal evidence of non events do not support the effectiveness of the device. The device is just taking the credit for someone's good luck.
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Might (??) work for deer, but how many dogs come running when they hear the whistle?


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Old 07-16-2015, 08:37 PM   #25
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One of many articles of interest on Deer Whistles:

How Effective Are Deer Whistles?
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:56 PM   #26
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Have whistles and got 13 deer head on with my big truck ,with an Ali arc bumper, number 13 did bend it ,got a new one, no whistles, no more deer, never swerve, as you could end up in the ditch and roll your unit, not good
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I ran them on my motorcycles... and fortunately never had a direct encounter. Many friends have hit deer... in cars and motorcycles... some were running the 'whistles'.

One day, riding the Hill Country with a friend who had never ridden the area we saw some 'blood spots' on the highways.. I knew what they were... When we stopped for a break, he said... "What do you guys FEED the DEER to make them EXPLODE like that???" I said, "Fords, Dodge, Chevy pickup trucks!"
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two weeks ago we were on our way home from the Grand Canyon. We were somewhere in Arizona or New Mexico....I noticed a caution sign on the roadside...Horses next 20 miles......didn't think much about it, and I never said anything to my husband about seeing it either.....well, about 5 miles down the road we both saw two horses running towards us on the the drivers side of the road. Still didn't think anything about it, because we saw a fence line.....as we got closer, we realized they were not behind the fence...they were on the road. As we realized what what happening., my husband slammed on the brakes and the horses ran right across the road in front of us. The trailer hung on, and so did we. Ironically about 21 years ago, two of our horses got out on the highway. Unfortunately, our horses did not fare so well. It was a terrible experience....and one we almost visited again, but as the motorist this time. 😔
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