"Deer Whistle", is it like snipe hunting?

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  1. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Soo.. My wife and I bought a house out in the country and the other night on the way home from a run to the local country store I tagged a 6-point buck. Well, he tagged me, actually. I had a "feeling" and slowed way down and POW he comes scampering out of the woods into the road. I swerved into the opposite lane to avoid him and he kept coming and plowed right into the right front wheel panel. Lucky for him (and me) I had swerved so he got stunned by the antenna bud on my Liberty and then mostly just slid off the rest off the side of the WeeSUV. Besides bending the quarter panel in at the antenna bud, and a horn making a dent in my hood, there was nothing but hair and piss on the car. He got up pretty quickly and scampered off again, and I assume survived..

    So onto my question.. In lieu of purchasing a cheap throw-away pick up truck and putting "DEER TRGT" on the license plate for driving around in the country, I was considering a "Deer Whistle". But, since I am a Yankee in the South (Where I come from, population density is MUCH higher, so "country" is different) I feel like "Deer Whistle" is equivalent to Snipe Hunting.

    Are any of you country folk out there equipped with Deer Whistles? Have they worked for you? Complete craprication for idiots throwing away cash? Got any recommendations?
     
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I don't have one, but from what I've read, they do absolutely no good.
     
  3. sorryiwasdreami macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure what you mean by deer whistles being the equivalent to snipe hunting.

    First of all, they are a gimmick, and don't have any influence on deer. Don't waste your money.

    The theory was that these whistles were small plastic items that you stick on your front bumpers. They supposedly emitted a very high pitched sound as air passes through them; lots of air would pass through them at high speeds when they are attached to your car. The noise created by these whistles would scare the deer away from your vehicle.

    http://www.ibmwr.org/otech/deerw.html

    Again, they don't work.
     
  4. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Snipe Hunting = Fool's Errand

    Personally I figured that it was crap because of the Doppler effect. How could a freaking deer even hear me coming?
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Unless you're travelling faster than 741 miles per hour, your sound will get to the deer before you do. But deer whistles still don't work.
     
  6. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Well, I drive PRETTY fast.. :)

    But yes, I don't think I break the sound barrier. But I figured the change in frequency from the Dopplar effect would render it mostly ineffective, but ultimately, it doesn't matter. Deer are stupid. Whistling at them doesn't matter. I guess it's onto DEER TRGT!
     
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Well, if you were designing a whistle, wouldn't you take Doppler into account, then adjust the frequency of the whistle accordingly? Or maybe the designers hadn't thought of that one yet -- can you say "patent application"?
     
  8. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Could you though on a non-sophisticated piece of hardware that is wind driven? Perhaps on the electric versions one could modulate the frequency... but what the hell am I talking about? I'm no engineer. I have no idea what I'm talking about.
     
  9. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    They are simple whistles and I have heard they don't work.

    I have heard though and my experience seems to bear this out, that if you react to the dear (slow down, speed up, etc.) they realize they've been spotted and panic; and when they panic they run.

    So unless its in the lane with you ignore it. I've lived in deep deer country for 10 years now and have yet to hit one.
     
  10. opusthe2nd macrumors 6502

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    Nope, dont work. We hit more deer here than I would like to admit. That is, unless you hit a golden eagle like I did last week. Its not 'if you hit a deer', its 'when you hit a deer', or an elk, moose, grizzly, sheep, etc.

    Any you really dont think there is such a thing as snipe hunting? http://www.huntsflorida.com/AboutSnipe.htm
     
  11. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I know there's such thing as a snipe, but "snipe hunting" is a.. whatever the right word is. :)

    Well, anyway, I have an idea for a new type of deer-scarer-awayer. The "Anti-Deer-Drunken-Hillbilly". Rather than a whistle, it repeatedly says stuff like "Hey beau, whodondapolesdisweeken?"
     
  12. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    No, deer whistles do not work as designed or advertised.

    I feel the only thing they might do is get the deer to stop mid street, raise his head and go "Whuut?"BLAM!
     
  13. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe a recording of baying wolves or barking dogs would be more effective?
     
  14. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    LOL, that was some good reading!

    I experienced a snipe hunt once on a camping trip years ago. The pranksters put doggy-doo in a paper bag and returned after the snipe hunt triumphantly. I, as the unassuming victim, was given the supposed honor of killing the snipe by stomping on the bag and crushing the poor animal. Sensing trickery, I flung the bag into the campfire, ruining the prank and the campfire atmosphere simultaneously.:D

    Oh, and those deer whistles don't work. Plus, they look very stupid. :)
     
  15. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    best thread title i've seen recently...

    yes, deer whistles are a joke
     
  16. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    And this is why i love living in a Concrete jungle.. wildlife freaks me out, i remember being at a friends place in rural PA and seeeing a wolf late one night thinking its a dog, i dropped my cigarette (was a smoker at the time) and ran in to the house, i never once went outside again unless it was to get in to my car. I almost hit a deer driving to Lake Tahoe once....

    I'm a city person..

    Ed
     
  17. yellow thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I don't like people enough to go back to city life. Freaking people.
     

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