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A discussion on evading deer

December 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Why is it that some hunters seem to evade deer better than others?

Well Dave Shadow of the Charleston Times-Courier has an interesting take on all this in a recent column. The jist of his discussion is that there’s more to be aware of than just camo patterns.

Shadow recalls, for instance, the days when he hunted and nobody thought about camo. He also recalls a friend who hunted in a red-and-black plaid shirt and seemed to always kill deer. Lucky? He surmises there’s more to it than that.

“First of all, without getting scientific, I’ll tell what I think about what and how deer see. Most of this is based on information from various sources, and I’ll consolidate it by saying that deer do see some color.

Their ability to see color is similar to a human who is color blind. They have two color receptors for seeing yellows and blue. They would not see reds and oranges as we see them but may see them as shades of gray. Some research indicates that deer have dichromatic (two-color) vision, and they would possibly see colors as humans that are color-blind see them. That is, they would see the color blue as blue and the rest of the color spectrum from green to red as yellow.

Probably the most important and usable information in all of this information, to the hunter, is relatively new insight into the effect of UV’s and “brighteners” used in manufacturing and in washing hunting clothing. The effects of ultraviolet brighteners on the human may only be visible in white and lighter colored items, but deer may see the UV’s and brightener effects in all colors and to a much greater degree than humans.”

Click here to read Shadow’s entire column.


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IF you have a few minutes I found a video from a company claiming to Kill UV Brighteners…They Do some compelling tests though I?m not sure I?m Sold…....Has anyone ever used either of these two products the Sport Wash or UV-Killer?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/12 at 11:35 AM

I use Sport Wash and like it.  I works well at cleaning clothes without any residual scent and doesn’t fade your camo!  I haven’t tried the UV killer stuff though.

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