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Old 11-14-2004, 05:57 PM   #1
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At Advance Auto part, I saw a $5.98 Deer Alert device which creates high pitch noise to scare animals away. I wonder how effective this is and has anyone used this device? My co-worker just hit a deer around this area and it made me kind of wary of driving at night without some kind of device to protect my car.
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Old 11-14-2004, 05:58 PM   #2
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I've got one of these whistles on each side view mirror and one in my front air dam, and I haven't had a deer run in front of me on the way to the cottage since.
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Old 11-14-2004, 05:59 PM   #3
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you could get it, but it would drop your horsepower by 14%
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Old 11-14-2004, 05:59 PM   #4
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It's not.

My dad tried them a few years back, he drove right by deer that didn't even move. And just because you've bought them and haven't hit a deer doesn't mean crap, I don't have them and also haven't hit a deer yet.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:01 PM   #5
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just run open downpipe.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:02 PM   #6
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It's not.

My dad tried them a few years back, he drove right by deer that didn't even move. And just because you've bought them and haven't hit a deer doesn't mean crap, I don't have them and also haven't hit a deer yet.
In 2 summers I had to slam on the binders 3 times to avoid a deer. This summer I went up to the cottage twice as often with the whistles and never had one run in front of me.

Fluke? Maybe, but I think it was a sound $20 spent.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:02 PM   #7
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those things are useless, you are telling me that little whistle will drive a deer away that was just shot at by a Hunter?? i think not
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I mean if you want to go for it, but no one has EVER produced evidence that they work.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:02 PM   #9
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I used to have them on a car when I lived in Minnesota I never had a deer run out on me.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:02 PM   #10
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I believe "Deer Alert" is different than those cheap plastic whistles.



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Old 11-14-2004, 06:03 PM   #11
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Used to drive 81 South to Roanoke,VA from Fairfax,VA on a weekly basis. Anyone who has driven this hwy at night during "deer season" knows the sight of eyes reflecting your lights on the side of a road is a common thing.

I installed these on my lower airdam of my old Camry and never had an incident. I highly suggest anyone buy them if your in such an area. It makes sense.....the device creates a high pitched whistle that will scare off animals....why would'nt this work?
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those things are useless, you are telling me that little whistle will drive a deer away that was just shot at by a Hunter?? i think not
when deer jump onto the road its not because they were shot at
it's because they like to chill in the ditches on the sides of the road because of the foliage, and your headlights cast shadows of the foliage behind them and they think an attacker is coming, so they run onto the road.. away from their attacker)
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when deer jump onto the road its not because they were shot at
it's because they like to chill in the ditches on the sides of the road because of the foliage, and your headlights cast shadows of the foliage behind them and they think an attacker is coming, so they run onto the road.. away from their attacker)
yes but in this area the only time deer hits happen are during hunting season. But then again in this area there's not too many forests left
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Used to drive 81 South to Roanoke,VA from Fairfax,VA on a weekly basis. Anyone who has driven this hwy at night during "deer season" knows the sight of eyes reflecting your lights on the side of a road is a common thing.

I installed these on my lower airdam of my old Camry and never had an incident. I highly suggest anyone buy them if your in such an area. It makes sense.....the device creates a high pitched whistle that will scare off animals....why would'nt this work?
Theres been evidence that deer have a low range of hearing (ie. couldn't even hear the whistles), and even if they could, if a car horn or the sound of a car doesn't scare them away, why would a whistle. I had a deer once that didn't even move when I layed on the horn and revved my engine, it just stood in the middle of the road like a dumbass.
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this sounds best


my dad hit 2 deer sense he put those no his car
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Used to drive 81 South to Roanoke,VA from Fairfax,VA on a weekly basis. Anyone who has driven this hwy at night during "deer season" knows the sight of eyes reflecting your lights on the side of a road is a common thing.

I installed these on my lower airdam of my old Camry and never had an incident. I highly suggest anyone buy them if your in such an area. It makes sense.....the device creates a high pitched whistle that will scare off animals....why would'nt this work?

Umm... what does a whistle simulate in the wild? A bird? If they made something that roared like a mountain lion or a bear, that would work. I doubt these things work. If anything it makes them stop and wonder what the hell is coming at them.

Also, I think the roar of an engine or the roar of tires on the ground is a little more scarier than a whistle, and that doesn't work worth ****.
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Theres been evidence that deer have a low range of hearing (ie. couldn't even hear the whistles), and even if they could, if a car horn or the sound of a car doesn't scare them away, why would a whistle. I had a deer once that didn't even move when I layed on the horn and revved my engine, it just stood in the middle of the road like a dumbass.
that's the "deer caught in headlights" reaction
they are very timid and freeze when they don't know what is happening

if you held your horn as you drove, I bet they'd never jump out of the ditches near you

(once they're on the road, there's not much you can do)
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I noticed one-end of "Deer Alert" device is closed off while the other one is open-ended. Are they suppose to be identical or different? BTW, Deer Alert Kit came with a pair.

One with the closed-end, when I forced air through the whistle, it made very noticeable high pitch whistle sound. On the other hand, the one with closed-end didn't make any high pitch whilstle noise. Is this normal?
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that's the "deer caught in headlights" reaction
they are very timid and freeze when they don't know what is happening

if you held your horn as you drove, I bet they'd never jump out of the ditches near you

(once they're on the road, there's not much you can do)
You, sir, over estimate the intelligence of deer. They'd still jump out, they'd just be thinking "I wonder what that noise is?".
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:11 PM   #21
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You, sir, over estimate the intelligence of deer. They'd still jump out, they'd just be thinking "I wonder what that noise is?".
Perhaps.

I'm satisfied with the product though. Whether or not it's a fluke I can't say just yet, but it seems to have worked.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:12 PM   #22
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Who needs a forest or woods for a deer? They are now in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the US - Philadelphia.
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/news/111...imal_deer.html

Deer in Philly Killed

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA-November 14, 2004 A state wildlife officer and a police officer shot a young deer yesterday in Northeast Philadelphia.

Click Here for more news on wpvi.com's menagerie of Animals & Oddities.
The deer ran into the 7200 block of Saul Street from the Cottman Plaza Shopping Center. A Pennsylvania Game Commission officer was called he got on a roof to shoot down so he wouldn't hit any people.

He wounded the deer. A Philadelphia police officer also shot the deer, but the animal was only wounded and ran through several yards before collapsing.

Some neighbors were outraged over what they believe was cruel treatment. One even threw rocks at the officers. But wildlife officer Jerry Czech says unfortunately it was the better course of action.

Jerry Czech/Pennsylvania Game Commission: "Well they saw the last 10 minutes of for public safety."
Czech also says it would have been unwise to have used a tranquilizer gun, because the deer could have gone berserk and crashed into someone's home or car. Also, Czech added that it's hunting season and the drug would have still been in the animal if a hunter had shot it and taken it home for food.
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i think deer should be hunted to extinction...worthless creatures
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People are ****ing retarded. I hope they arrested the rock thrower.
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Based on our research at Texas A&M, and the studies conducted by Dr. Marchington at the University of Georgia, it seems very unlikely that deer whistles will be effective at reducing deer-vehicle accidents.
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