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    Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    My wife is a long-standing believer in deer warning whistles; you know, those pairs of cheap stick-on plastic that supposedly broadcast two tones that deer notice and might avoid. While I don't press the issue in the name of marital bliss, IMHO driving in Wisconsin is not a question of if you hit a deer, it's when and how many.

    For argument's sake, let's say those do-dads help reduce collision damage. Where is a good mounting point? Typically, they are stuck to a surface parallel the road. Any ifeads (s/b ideas) for as good location on the 'payoff?
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    Air needs to flow through them, there stem't that many mounting options. The opening in the front needs to face forward, and can't be blocked. The bumper is pretty much the only spot to consider, unless you want them on the roof, hood, sides of the doors, or on top of the mirrors.

    http://advance.uconn.edu/2002/021118/02111812.htm

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    Garbage can sounds good.

    In all seriousness I would mount them under the front bumper. Great airflow and no embarrassment as no one will see them.
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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    The standard joke about "deer whistles" over here on the Shore (crawling with deer) is that they let the critters know you're coming so they can jump you.

    The things are useless - they fall into the same class as stick-on fender vents. In the fall - rut season - your best bet is to drive cautiously with one eye on each road shoulder, especially at dawn and dusk.
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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    From MoistCabbage's link
    "We tested them strictly from an acoustical point of view," explains Scheifele. He found that the whistles typically produce a signal either at a frequency of 3 kilohertz (kHz) or 12 kHz. Both, as it turns out, are problematic.

    The hearing range of white-tailed deer, the most common species in the United States, is between 2 kHz and 6 kHz, so the animal is not capable of hearing the 12 kHz signal.

    Although deer may be able to hear the 3 kHz signal, it is only 3 decibels louder than the road noise created by the car, so the signal is buried. Scheifele points out that the situation would be worse with additional traffic in the area or if the wind was blowing.
    Sounds like they would agree with 1BadCadSTS's idea of placing them in the garbage can.

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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    In the jockey box with the rest of the junk.
    Don't mess with Binky Bear!


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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    "A happy wife makes for a happy life." They're cheap and they will not harm the car; stick them on and make your wife happy. (However, I would not put too much faith in them.)

    I placed a set under the bumper of a '79 Fleetwood Brougham I once owned. The front nozzles of the whistles were clogged with bugs after my first hourlong interstate drive. Amusingly enough, mine came with a miniature plastic key to remove the whistles from their base (presumably anti-theft), which I found quite laughable.
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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    why would you not want to hit them? they make awesome pepperets! using a rifle is better though you don't have to pay the deductible...

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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    Put the deer whistles on a stick so your wife can hold them out the window when she's in the car.
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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    My SDV came with them mounted right inside the grill. I see deer a lot, but have never hit one. Also, this car hasn't (knock on wood). Could be luck, I don't know. I've never hit a deer with this or any other car.
    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Air needs to flow through them, there stem't that many mounting options. The opening in the front needs to face forward, and can't be blocked. The bumper is pretty much the only spot to consider, unless you want them on the roof, hood, sides of the doors, or on top of the mirrors.

    http://advance.uconn.edu/2002/021118/02111812.htm


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    Quote Originally Posted by scott9001 View Post
    why would you not want to hit them? they make awesome pepperets! using a rifle is better though you don't have to pay the deductible...
    I kind of want some bull horns. This might be a good substitute.

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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    Well there's one thing that tells you.. It can't hurt.
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    Re: Deer Warning Whistles - Effective Placement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac_Fan View Post
    "A happy wife makes for a happy life." ... (However, I would not put too much faith in them.)
    I've believed for 25 years.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac_Fan View Post
    Amusingly enough, mine came with a miniature plastic key to remove the whistles from their base (presumably anti-theft), which I found quite laughable.
    She once asked me put this style on her car. The instructions said to take them off before using an automated car wash.


    Just to be clear, I believe the link to be true and won't have them on my car. She wants advice on where to put them on her car. I don't have much confidence anywhere underneath. I thought about behind the grille. There's no airflow there and the sound wouldn't get out. But they're ineffective anyway.

    I shouldn't say that. They help give me a happy life!

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