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Old 09-01-2008, 11:57 AM   #1
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Deer alert devices

The second trip we took with our Airstream resulted in a deer running into the front curbside corner of our new baby two years ago. To make a long story short, we took the "Changes" back to the factory for a $4K-$5K repair (there was another body repair, but that is another story that made the total of $9,700).

The gist of this question is, I have read two RV authorities and the host of RV Road Trips recommend those little conical devices you mount on the front of the tow vehicle that creates a high frequency whistle while you drive that is supposed to scare the deer away. My question for anyone that uses them is do they irritate your pet's ears while you travel.
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:35 PM   #2
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I know the best way not to hit a deer in the Texas hill country is not to drive after dark.

$5 for a whistle may be no more effective than holding a feather in your trunk... But I would consider anything after a repair bill that big!


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Old 09-01-2008, 12:38 PM   #3
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hi m'mate

how timely! outside at 1am, i watched a deer walk in my yard last night.

which is WAY into a urban area, almost city center.

i've not seen deer or evidence of them in 30 years in this neighborhood.

this was a LARGE white tail doe, and was she ever lost.

anyway i don't believe the sonic gadgets work, some folks do.

as to IF the pooch notices them depends on what frequency of sound they produce IF any...

also exposure matters. if they do manage to emit sound but the pooch is regularly exposed it may not matter 2 fido.

otoh fido might BARK LOUDLY, which may have more impact on the deer.

now, someone will no doubt try mounting fido on the front bumper, i don't advise that either....

mythbusters hasn't done a piece of the sonic deer doodads, so we are still left 2 wonder...

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looks like some georgia agencies suggest not to waste your money.

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Old 09-01-2008, 12:52 PM   #4
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mythbusters hasn't done a piece of the sonic deer doodads, so we are still left 2 wonder...

Deer horn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

looks like some georgia agencies suggest not to waste your money.

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Hey there is an idea for a myth. Why don't you go on thier site and suggest it!
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:04 PM   #5
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ok. who wants to be the deer?
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:59 PM   #6
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Hello, My travels as a Trucker. Traveling all over the US and Canada, have included these devises. I can say I never hit a deer with them on the front fenders of my rig. Mostly Kenworth trucks and 1 Volvo. In 1991 I got on with a local outfit. Largest LTL company in the world. Union. They do not have these devices on there trucks. 2nd year, on 77 s bamm my first deer ran right into the side of my tractor. I would have to say as silly as they are they dont cost much, and they must work. My younger brother had a device, he said we as humans couldnt hear. He turned it on my Beagle went running. I couldnt hear anything until he put it up to my ear. It felt like someone stuck a pin in my ear. Pain. I didnt hear it but the beagle did, I felt it. My opinion, They do work.
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About twenty years ago while visiting Wyoming, I stopped at a restaurant and noticed that virtually every vehicle in the parking lot had a set of the little "deer whistles" on the front bumper. I asked a cowboy about them and he swore that they worked. I bought a set that day in that little Wyoming town, and have used them on every that I have owned since. I don't really know if they actually work, but I have never hit a deer or had a close call. I drive extensively in rural areas. I guess that at $5, it's cheap insurance and makes me feel better.
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:25 PM   #8
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I come from the mountain country of Colorado and, in my hometown, you hardly see a vehicle without them. My Dad has always installed them on his trucks too. They work.
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:26 PM   #9
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maybe the whistles sound like a speeding bullet to the deer?
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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I live in the Texas hill country where the deer easily outnumber the people. You will see dead deer on the side of the roads almost daily. I've had the whistles on my trucks since moving here & hearing folks talk about them. In 6 years, no incidents with the deer - day or night. IMO - the sound the whistles make alert the deer that I'm coming towards them, thus they are not surprised and have time to move to the far side of the road. I'd say they work. The whistles are on most every vehicle in my area.
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Do they work for elk too? Hit a deer and you've bought some body work, hit an elk and you've bought the farm.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:10 PM   #12
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My parents had deer whistles on all their cars, and hit several deer. I don't think they work, but they are pretty cheap. So, on the off-chance they work, it couldn't hurt to get them.
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so who exactly is teaching the deer HOW to respond or which way to go?

why not just pipe some hard rock, country or choir music out the front?

of course music would need to b changed while traveling for regional deer preferences.

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Do they work for elk too?...
YES they work exactly the same with elk, but yodeling or polka works better with them...

btw, ne1 that has had a vehicle-deer encounter knows that insurance companies write them up as...

the critter (insert species) HIT the vehicle, not the other way round....

UNLESS the driver intentionally points the vehicle toward a neighbors horse/cow...

what frequency and db rating is the compressed air sound from these gadgets?

it's ok that people can't hear it but IF there is ANY sound created (NON powered version), why can't it be measured?

and why is it deer "freeze" with headlights, but move safely to the curb with noise?

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Hey there is an idea for a myth. Why don't you go on thier site and suggest it!
i think m-busters have a rule against doing things that might involve danger to critters (except bugs and the staff)...

although EACH issue separately and the combined effect (none)...

(animal response, type of sound, generation of ANY sound passively, competing noise) has been tested

and disprove-d already...

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Old 09-01-2008, 06:21 PM   #14
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Here in Minnesota all our does have learned to whistle, when they want to get a young feller's attention.

It's hilarious watching bucks chase after whistling cars during the rut.
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