Good Question: Do Deer Whistles Work?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

In this week's Good Question, we take a look at deer whistles.

I get several e-mails regarding these littel devices that claim to reduce your risk of hitting a deer. Unfortunately, Kansas ranks near the top when it comes to deer-car collisions.

Do they work or are you just wasting your hard-earned bucks?

Good question.

Deer whistles are not new. They have been around since the 1970s. Questions about the deer whistles are also not new. I found countless stories dating back at least 10 years regarding the whistles' effectiveness.

This is mating season for deer; often called rut. Hunters love it. Driver's don't. Your chances of hitting a deer go up significantly during rut. So, should you slam a couple of deer whistles on your car?

Study after study, from universities to police departments, suggest that deer whistles do not work. In fact, it may have the opposite effect. Drivers with the whistles may fall into a false sense of security. Believing the whistles work, they fell protected and may be less alert for deer while driving.

Feel free to stick them on your car, but the best defense against hitting a deer doesn't cost six bucks:

1) Watch for deer. Especially at dawn and dusk.

2) If you see a deer on or near the road, slow down.

3) Most importantly, do not swerve to miss the deer. That often leads to collisions with trees or other cars.

If you have a Good Question, send it to me at or find me on Twitter . I'll answer your Good Question every Thursday on KAKE News at 10

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