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Kuryakyn Hornet Deer Alert

My son hit a deer yesterday, and living on an island where the enviro-whackos have pretty much eliminated hunting the road obstacles, my son and I are looking for solutions to avoid these critters.

He suggested the Hornet Deer Alert.

At $80 I figured it was worth a post to see if anyone uses one and what its effectiveness is before parting with that cash. Can anyone who has one (or rode with someone who has one) give me feedback?
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Seems to me like it's the sort of thing that has some chance of working, but nobody can really prove it. Granted, I haven't seen many reviews of people saying they did get hit while using this product. Most of the deer whistles/horns I've seen advertised were much cheaper though, and didn't have an electric component. I think they were primarily wind-driven. The consensus however, seems to be that there is no consensus.

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A deer's range of hearing is about the same as a human's. They do not hear in the ultrasonic range. You best bet is probably to slow down and be ultra-watchful and ready to brake hard. Be especially careful between twilight and dawn and around deer crossing areas. Probably all stuff you know already.
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And if you see one, look for one or two more. I split a group of three on the freeway in my truck. I really could hardly believe that I missed them all. And for deer whistles, deer are unpredictable and do not understand the danger of a vehicle collision. Even if they hear and take notice of you, they are as likely to run at you as away from you, or do anything really.

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The ONLY Deer Whistle I've ever heard of working is a .3030

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Did he hit when the deer ran across or the deer was transfixed at the headlights ?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/sc...0qna.html?_r=0

Maybe go for loud pipes ?
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I've seen cars with deer whistles that had hit deer!

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And if you see one, look for one or two more. I split a group of three on the freeway in my truck. I really could hardly believe that I missed them all. And for deer whistles, deer are unpredictable and do not understand the danger of a vehicle collision. Even if they hear and take notice of you, they are as likely to run at you as away from you, or do anything really.
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Without trying to sound like a know it all, I would like to add something here!

Living in deer collision land here is what I have learned. Deer most of the time travel in little groups. One or two cross the road and the others feel they must follow.

If they get separated for long they panic! At that point all they know is
safety with the herd and at all cost run to herd!

That is why if you come to a complete stop ( as what happened to me ) and they will run right into the side of your truck.

The longer they are separated the more panicked they become. I have a friend that swears by the wind whistle but don't have a dog with you if you use one.

Do any of the whistles stop a deer panicked to get to the herd, group. I would say no but???





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Scared the crap out of the deer

My son hit the deer in broad daylight so headlights or late daylight were not a factor. Here's his thread, with a picture (the deer crapped all over him). I liked the solution of a 30-30...
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...Maybe go for loud pipes ?
When I see deer or other ungulates, I'm off the gas, ON the brakes and ON the horn - WOLO Bad Boy or Stebel Nautilus...!

My experience is that they have turned around, rather than crossing.

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Problem is "if / when" you don't see them, you'll not be prepared.
I think a louder than usual exhaust note could take their attention or startled them from dashing across. With poor eyesight, their hearing and smelling sensors are increased.

Whistles dont work here :
http://www.ibmwr.org/otech/deerw.html

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