Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: West Central, NJ
Snake oil?!? Deer whistles
I have no skin in this game, and hopefully keeping it that way, just mentioning my observations. I mostly ride two lane roads in the backcountry in NJ (yes, there is a lot of backcountry here, Shhhh, it's a best kept secret) And of course, the young don't hunt anymore unless it is a video game, so deer population is equalling humans in this most densely populated state.
A few years ago, I gave in and bought a two deer whistles and stuck then on the top front of my gen III turn signals. Trust me, I don't THINK they work, but I figured if they did just by happenstance why not. These deer whistles are a single unit with two holes (like in my head) and they state that only one is needed per car. So, maintaining my stupid logic, I bought two..... one for each side.
I have stock exhaust, so no loud noise rolling down the road. Two years ago I started to notice birds sitting on the power lines as I approached would fly away, didn't notice that for the years before the whistles. Hmmm. With this years 'renovations' done on the bike over the winter, I ordered two more, heck, their cheap. I still have those unnoticeable black ones above the turn signals, now I mounted these two under the headlights in the front tire opening. Yep, logic tells me any noise they MIGHT make would be behind me rather than out in front. But, what the heck, now you can't really see the four unless you look closely. Mounted as far front as possible to catch un-fluctuating air.
I'm not lying, the few times I've been out this year, there is a plethora of wildlife moving in front of me. Deer, turkeys, turkey buzzards, squirrels.... Problem is, they don't move in the opposite direction. They just start moving! I do not know if these buggers work, but I would rather have the wildlife stayput, so they might come off, and I'll see if I still notice this movement.
I'm not saying they work or don't, just observations. Like I said, I would rather these critters stay put.
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