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A long time ago, I used to patrol several rural and mountainous counties as part of my job. One night, I had a deer running parallel to me on my right, between me and a fence line.

I decided that, if I slowed down, he might dart in front of me. So I sped up. As soon as my headlights were past him, I became invisible and he darted toward me, and ended up on my hood and windshield.
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A long time ago, I used to patrol several rural and mountainous counties as part of my job. One night, I had a deer running parallel to me on my right, between me and a fence line.

I decided that, if I slowed down, he might dart in front of me. So I sped up. As soon as my headlights were past him, I became invisible and he darted toward me, and ended up on my hood and windshield.
I had one hit the rear of my pickup truck as I was moving slowly. It broke its neck over the tailgate and was dead immediately. Still scratching my head over that one...

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Around my area they like to run into cars and trucks. Really, they don't get hit, they run into the sides of vehicles. Happens all the time.

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My best story was riding from Sioux Falls to Coeur d'Alene. All along I90 were these air-brushed studies in shades of ocre. By the time I passed the 2nd or 3rd one, it was clear this was all that remained after a deer stepped in front of a "motivated" 18-wheeler and was converted to a cloud of mist.
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My opinion is that “IF” they really were effective the oe manufacturers would have them stock on their vehicles and advertise as such or cash-in on them as a “must-do” optional accessory.

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My best story was riding from Sioux Falls to Coeur d'Alene. All along I90 were these air-brushed studies in shades of ocre. By the time I passed the 2nd or 3rd one, it was clear this was all that remained after a deer stepped in front of a "motivated" 18-wheeler and was converted to a cloud of mist.
Lol one of my best friends was an over the road 18 wheeler guy, drove out of Bozeman Montana, to both coasts. He said in his truck he wouldn't even feel a coyote, deer, bear or antelope, but an elk would get his attention. Now he is driving a truck in Alaska and the moose make him really pay attention.

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My opinion is that “IF” they really were effective the oe manufacturers would have them stock on their vehicles and advertise as such or cash-in on them as a “must-do” optional accessory.
What if the deer whistle actually attracts deer? Or dogs?
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I've had enough experience watching deer run away from me while in a car and on the motorcycle to convince me that they are working.
I too watch deer beside the road run away. All but one. And I have stock pipes and no deer whistles. https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/12-...ml#post1194923

And certainly would not want to scare any birds away. In these parts I often see a large red-tailed hawk, eagle, or very large owl on power lines watch me pass.

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We have some big parrots in Australia called “gallah”. Pronounced ‘gullar’. Big pink and grey suckers that have been scientifically proven to be idiots. The like flying into your path for some reason - probably because they are idiots. They’re heavy enough that they’ve broken peoples ribs at normal highway speeds. Bloody gallah’s.

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I wondered the same thing and didn't believe in these whistles until I bought my fjr. I thought what the ****. I saw the electronic version on flea bay and thought that would be a better option. I live in the Sierra foothills and I see deer on my property almost daily. So I've been nervous about deer and other wildlife in my area. I didn't realize until after install that these are nothing like the original whistles. Thought they would imit a high pitch noise that wouldn't be noticeable ...wow! Was I wrong! It is a high pitch warble sound that repeats itself every 3-4 seconds. I have only used it if I'm listening to music. Even with helment on, visor down at 50 mph (with no music) I can faintly here it and is obnoxious after a while. Now the question is ... does it work? All I can say is I have aporox. 50 miles using this device and have noticed 1 deer cross my path about 1/4 mile ahead of me. Not sure this device affected this deers movement but will continue to use it for now.
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