- dickie wrote:
- Hitting the horn seems to just spook them and I'm not so sure that deer whistles might do the same thing. Watch for em'. Dick
I have live in deer country 27 years ...
In my first house ... I swear the deer knew the hunting calendar better than then hunters. The deer would come down from the mountain into our yard just when hunters would go up to hunt ... they would come down and eat the apples off my trees.
In my second house, the deer bed down right in my yard every night ... it is not unusual to have over 20-30 deer bedding down in my yard.
That is why I got my HID headlights, because the OEM headlights did not provide enough peripheral lighting to see the deer on the side of the road. I would not see some of them till they I was right next to them .... the HID headlights solved that problem.
Most deer whistles only work at 30 MPH (some more) ... it does not
scare the deer. If you watch the deer closely, you will see they will generally stop what they are doing and turn their head to see what it it (some will raise their heads too). This is where the majority of people misunderstand the deer whistle ... the do not run away scared (as I said before you do not want that). When they turn their head you can see their eyes from headlights thats all
. The key is what do you do when you see the shining eyes!!! If you do nothing ... then the deer whistles will not work. The deer whistles are not a force field!
If the deer has any movement or is skittish ... then I am slowing or stopping.
The next thing I am looking for is the direction the deer is facing ... the deer cannot see when it is looking in the headlights, if it moves the deer is running blindly .. so I am slowing down, moving over and ready to stop.
I will keep watching the deer as I go by ... if there is any movement then I am stopping cause now they are unpredictable.
The worst time of the day for deer are just after dusk and just before dawn.
The worst time of the year is during "rutting season" ( where the girls and boys come out to play) October-November ... you will see a lot more deer and they will be a lot more "skittish" ... I have to be even more careful.
During the late-fall and winter, it is not unusual for me to be driving in the dark both ways.