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Old 11-04-2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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Deer repellent: Stebel Nautilus + Clearwater Kristas

Anyone who rides in my area needs to worry about deer. I did a long ride today and came across several groups near the side of the road. I was happy to see that the combination of my mega-loud Stebel Nautilus horn tied together with my mega-bright Clearwater Krista aux lights was very effective at scaring them back into the woods.

The Kristas are dimmable and include a dedicated horn wire input. This pops them up to full bright whenever you blast the horn.

If any of you are on the fence about getting a louder horn or brighter lights - give this combo a good look.

Stebel kit: http://www.twistedthrottle.com/stebe...FcXb4AodgU0AKA

Kristas: http://clearwaterlights.com/infopg_krista.html

Of course, this is useless if they run out from nowhere before you can react!!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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I find that deer don't react much to my Nautilus. I typically lay on the horn when they are beside the road and they don't run off until I am within 50ft or so.

Also, I read a study recently that said that bright lights are what cause deer to react so stupidly and recommended running without headlights for as long as possible in the evening so that they don't flip out. I have noticed that during daylight hours, deer don't react to passing vehicles, so there might be something to it.

Of course, your deer might be different than ours...
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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I find that deer don't react much to my Nautilus. I typically lay on the horn when they are beside the road and they don't run off until I am within 50ft or so.

Also, I read a study recently that said that bright lights are what cause deer to react so stupidly and recommended running without headlights for as long as possible in the evening so that they don't flip out. I have noticed that during daylight hours, deer don't react to passing vehicles, so there might be something to it.

Of course, your deer might be different than ours...
Yes, I've read that too, the article I read said the same thing about horns. However, when I've seen deer at the side of the road (daytime) blowing the horn has seemed to scare them away. Maybe at night the horn would panic them more...who knows?
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:25 AM   #4
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Unfortunately, the only effective deer repellant I've found is a rifle.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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Bluhduh Stupid deer

I have a Stebel horn which I have used to run off deer, but a few weeks ago I didn't see one and I hit him. Not a lot of damage but a lot of adrenaline! I have a friend who swears by the deer whistles on his cars, and I've been considering putting one on my bike. Anyone have any thoughts on them?
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:39 PM   #6
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Unfortunately, the only effective deer repellant I've found is a rifle.
The best deer repellent I have found is my front brake.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:59 PM   #7
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I have a Stebel horn which I have used to run off deer, but a few weeks ago I didn't see one and I hit him. Not a lot of damage but a lot of adrenaline! I have a friend who swears by the deer whistles on his cars, and I've been considering putting one on my bike. Anyone have any thoughts on them?
Both my Dad and I have them but doesn't seem to make a difference
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:35 PM   #8
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Living in a major deer area I've come to the conclusion that the only thing predictable about deer is that they are unpredictable. Blow a horn at Bambi and it's just lible to walk into you. Flash your lights and they may just stand there and go; "What's that?" as you run into them.

Regarding deer whistles or whatever they are called for cars. A friend of mine damaged his van when he hit a deer so he installed deer whistles on the van that was damaged and his wife's car. Three weeks later his wife hit a deer in her car and two weeks after that, he hit another deer in his van. The general consensus in my neck of the woods is that the whistles are worthless.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:32 PM   #9
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We'd do better to enlist the cooperation of the deer... this woman gets it.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #10
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I need one of these

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Unfortunately, the only effective deer repellant I've found is a rifle.
This should do the trick:

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:58 AM   #11
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We'd do better to enlist the cooperation of the deer... this woman gets it.
We were talking about this woman at work the other day. I nearly peed my pants laughing!
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:01 AM   #12
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I have a Stebel horn which I have used to run off deer, but a few weeks ago I didn't see one and I hit him. Not a lot of damage but a lot of adrenaline! I have a friend who swears by the deer whistles on his cars, and I've been considering putting one on my bike. Anyone have any thoughts on them?
My wifes family is from NC Wisconsin and some time ago they sent her a newspaper article about a "study" conducted by the WI state police, i.e. they put them on patrol cars and compared accident rates of cars with to cars without whistles. The conclusion of the "study" was that they did not have an appreciable effect in reducing the number of deer strikes.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:21 PM   #13
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My wifes family is from NC Wisconsin and some time ago they sent her a newspaper article about a "study" conducted by the WI state police, i.e. they put them on patrol cars and compared accident rates of cars with to cars without whistles. The conclusion of the "study" was that they did not have an appreciable effect in reducing the number of deer strikes.
Bummer.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:53 PM   #14
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you knuckle heads

trying to avoid a deer of the white tail variety is a ludicriss endevour. go to the junk yard and get a couple old snow shovels with metal front edges and bolt the front edges together and mount the assembly to the front of your bike and create a "deer splitter" not unlike the old cow catchers from the days of yor. One Caveat is that if you axidently split a kid on a skateboard it will go on your permanent record. or you could bolt corrigated drain pipe together and get your deer split up like a ruffle potato chip. Hey I should make a Popiel Deer "o" matic. Also i find by aiming at the deer and excellerating you can never hit them.....only when you try to avoid them do you have trouble.

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:20 PM   #15
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just aim to the tail and when you reach the deer position it won't be there.

By the way here in Mexico when you see a deer x-ing sign it actually a way made it for them to cross. All the toll roads here have 2 fences aside the tarmac to prevent the wild life x-ing and they build some kind of bottle neck to certain areas where they allow the x-ing.
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