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How can I keep deer from hitting me?

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Does anyone have a sure fire way of keeping deer away from the moving truck? I already know from personal experience that the "deer whistles" don't work. Also, the "eye reflection" has never been seen by me, that is until the deer is in my headlights..by then it is too late.

Maybe "sure fire" is not possible, but after several run in's I need to get any suggestions I can get.

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brandtgeiger
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http://www.herd.com

i don't have one but they look like this would help

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Georg Heck
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http://www.thetruckersreport.com/truckin...

Not really sure how much the Herd style bumpers hurt your aerodynamics, but this one saved $5K+ in damages.

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slow down

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Zachary Bell
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Living in deer country makes me vulnerable to hitting one or having one hit me, so here are some things I do to reduce the chance of hitting a deer: First, you should run slower- 55-60 instead of 65-70- at night so you are more likely to see the deer. Use your high beam headlights when it is safe to do so, you'll be more likely to see it if your lights are working properly and in adjustment. A deer is more likely to hear a light application of the Service Brakes than it is to hear a deer whistle, so when you see a deer, slow down and use a light press/release of the brakes.

DO NOT EVER VEER FOR DEER- it is safest for you to hit it straight on if you end up in the unfortunate circumstance of hitting one.

If there are lots of deer along your route, you may want a Herd aerodynamic deer/bull guard- it will save your truck from getting damaged by a deer strike if it happens, and has minimal, if any, impact on fuel economy since it's designed to work with the aerodynamics of the truck.

While there is no method to completely keep deer away from a truck, this should help you if you encounter deer or other roadside wildlife.

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you can get an electronic buzzer, for deer. I have mine on a small switch beside dash, when I hit an area that has deer I turn it on or on highway, I try to keep it off in town areas. In the truck I cant hear it but it points forewards. It keeps making a loud pitch beep that I can hear, the thery is that they can hear you comming way before you get there. I installed one and havent seen a deer since driving with it on, and I truck in heavy deer country. I also have a deer bumper but havent had to use it. Keeping the speed down helps alot, gives you more stopping room.

I like the loud buzzer idea, however, many people will not be able to install one on their trucks due to company policies and many of the places I go have restrictions on those kinds of devices (in addition to Jake Brakes). Also, if a deer can't hear a deer whistle over traffic, it probably can't readily hear a buzzer either (unless the buzzer is extremely loud and can be turned on/off quickly) so in reality, neither device is as effective as the sound the service brakes make when you gently press and release the pedal. The buzzer would be great for alerting car drivers that are being crazy, but a horn is just about as effective under that circumstance.

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don't chase them in the ditch.eventually they'll come onto the highway,just before you get there they'll decide they like your lights and cross, that will give you plenty of meat for the winter.as far as doing less damage get a redneck bumper.your truck will look ugly,but you'll be able to hunt without doing damage to your truck because you have a redneck bumper.make sure you put christmas lights on it in december so everybody notices.this is the only solution i have because i hit three deer,one day a green and yellow deer driver was looking right and turned left into my truck.to this day he doesn't claim it was his fault for driving the green and yellow deer from the boulevard cutting grass to crossing the road.take it personally,they do this to commit suicide because your truck is ugly.

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this happened about 10 years ago.difficult to put chrome on plastic.getting a 2012 coronado glider putting a 1995 3406 e block 550hp company truck

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Congrats on the new Coronado glider- it'll be amazing and give you a truck you really want to be in, so maybe the deer will go away (the Coronado already has plenty of faux (plastic) chrome to get you by until you can afford the real thing). Maybe the Coronado's standard faux chrome and better visibility will be enough to keep the deer away. What kind of old truck is donating the engine? Just curious...

Zachary Bell,

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joejenking
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I've tried slowing down, tapping the brakes, etc...I know that I've hit no less than 4 of those suckers and spent upwards of $20,000 in repairs. the "moose gooser" or cattle guard does sound like it may work. I know of a guy that works at the same outfit as I and has one of those guards. Well, he took out a moose in Flagstaff and destroyed the front of his W9. It may work for lighter wildlife, but not so much for anything bigger.

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LOL....on stayin' out of the woods!!! Yeah, I've got some pretty bad luck when it comes to wildlife. None lately, but it seems to happen more during the fall-winter-spring time. Yes, that's when it cools off outside and they are more rampant I know, but it still sucks!

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There isn't much you can do about a moose or elk, since even the best equipment can't handle such a large animal and it's attitude. However, for deer, cattle and smaller wildlife, the guards work great at reducing damage. It's still amazing that it's been nearly 3 years since I got my CDL, and 12 years since I got my regular driver's license and I have not had a bad encounter with deer or other wildlife and I don't even have a "moose gooser." I understand it will happen someday, but am very fortunate that using the driving techniques I mentioned earlier, I have managed to avoid hitting every single deer I have encountered without even trying. I guess they really don't like how ugly my semi and pickup are?

Zachary Bell,

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Stay out of the WOODS LoL

Make sure to stay away from corn and bean fields too, since deer like to roam those, LOL. Better yet, get a FOID card, hunting license, pickup truck, gun and ammo so you can shoot the big one during your off time and have it for dinner when you get it. They'll stay away once they hear the loud BANG of the rifle or shot gun being fired. It's called population control (also known as hunting, gettin' the big ol' buck, etc...).

Zachary Bell,

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Jeff Chism
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The best way to miss a deer is try to hit it. Every time I try to miss one I end up hitting it so try the opposite..Just kidding

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JARED SPIEGELBERG
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Buy a Plane lol

Jk Magnum Bumper or other brand's

Magnum

Herd

Ali Ark

Mik Mak

All bout same in price $4 to 5 G's

And there is a six month waiting list for all brand's

I just sold my bumper to other O/O paid me almost as much as I got it for 5 years ago

I have already ordered new one.

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