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Night Riding Danger

Old 11-05-14, 03:27 PM
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Night Riding Danger

will a deer whistle work on a bike ???
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Old 11-05-14, 03:30 PM
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Deer whistles don't work at all.


Know to many people that have them that still had deer run in front of their car.
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Old 11-05-14, 04:02 PM
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You want to lure Deer? you ride your Bike to Hunt? It'd done around here . SW WA state
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Old 11-05-14, 04:41 PM
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Remove the ear buds and listen to your surroundings.
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Old 11-05-14, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Remove the ear buds and listen to your surroundings.
They're a lot of times pretty cat-like silent. In the dead of winter no wind I was up in a friend's stand 8 feet up and one was below me munching on stuff for who knows how long before I saw her for half a second before she ran. Never gonna hear one with wind in your ears unless its running along with you or something.

But yeah I've heard the whistles are a fake gimmick too. It may even be on snopes.

I didn't get the doe. One of my only times deer hunting and I borrowed a different friend's very heavy long range scoped implement and it was too big and heavy to swing up fast. If I had my sks I maybd coulda but I borrowed this cause I was afraid an sks would make me look like a hunting "fred".

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Old 11-05-14, 06:57 PM
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I think the danger is more at dusk and there isn't much you can do about it but be alert. I commute on mostly trails and when the days are shorter, that is one of my fears - a deer leaping across the path and flattening me. I see quite a few on the trails. I sometimes try and make noise.
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Old 11-06-14, 09:47 AM
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Lots of deer on the MUP I use to commute. One of the reasons I like a slightly wide angle beam on my lights is I can sometimes pick up the reflection of their eyes off the side of the MUP. I agree they're awfully quiet when they want to be. I've had a couple of them come out of nowhere and run across the MUP. I've heard a rider got broadsided by a deer a few years ago near where I enter/exit the trail; he ended up with a broken collar bone - not sure about the deer.

I also ring my bell (and I admit sometimes I can't resist greeting them with "Hello Deer") when I see them. Most of the time they ignore me, or just stare (none has said "Hello" back - yet).
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Old 11-30-14, 06:37 PM
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I've found that deer run completely away from me if I ring my bell. But I have to actually SEE them first. A deer that takes me by surprise will still run with 100% instinct... possibly right into me. The bell has worked when I see them in the road ahead of me, though.
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Old 11-30-14, 07:23 PM
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Deer around here are like squirrels; they're running across the road all times of day, right in town and everything. Herds standing around by the mailbox...it's gettin' kinda crazy.
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Old 11-30-14, 07:40 PM
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Put bear bells or something that makes a non-rhythmic snapping or clinking sound. Deer will hear you far enough away they know where you are and won't panic. Remind me to take my own advice next season.
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Old 12-01-14, 01:39 PM
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You probably want something that makes wolf sounds as you ride.
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