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PostSubject: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 10:44 am

On the left is what we see. In the middle is what deer see when you have UV brighteners in your clothes. On the right is what deer see without brighteners.


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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 10:49 am

So what if a person was to wear a blue camo suit without UV brighteners? Would the deer be able to see the blue or would it appear like you picture all the way on the right?
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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 10:52 am

According to the experts. It wouldn't look as bright as the UV brighteners, but it would still look blue. UV brighteners makes everything look bright blue, but they can always see the blue color.

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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 11:01 am

Haha yes it was a trick question. Ungulates have two receptors for colors and that is blue and yellow. Everything else is shades of gray. Of course I've never talked to a deer but have researched this intensively being a bowhunter. Some people have a big misconception that deer cannot see colors and that a deer's vision is very poor when in fact that is not true. The disadvantage of a deer's vision is the fact that their eyes are located on the sides of their head making the ability to focus difficult but gives them a 360 degree view with just a slight turn of the head. But if they do get locked on you better be still.
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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 11:03 am

Marty had a huge type up on this topic, not sure exactly where it is though.

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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 11:05 am

As you already know. Movement is what gets us busted. A stand is better, but as a still hunter. I move as slow as a snail.

However, there's no sense in standing out like a bright blue light.

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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 11:10 am

Another thing that has a big role in getting busted is smell. I won't even sit in a stand if the wind is wrong for it.
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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 11:12 am

yep the smell is probably the biggest concern for me. Im good at sitting still, especially on a cold morning when you will find me in the middle of a sunny field, sleeping Laughing So the smell of me is the biggest issue.

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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 11:13 am

Absolutely the wind is important. Really hard in the mountains here too, because it tends to swirl around a lot. Drives me crazy.

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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 7th 2012, 6:49 pm

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Marty had a huge type up on this topic, not sure exactly where it is though.

Here's the related forum link on this topic from Marty. Read study it awhile back when I joined the forum.

http://www.frontiermuzzleloading.com/t823-pics-of-my-bowhunting-camo-clothing-in-a-hardwood-forest

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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 9th 2012, 2:42 pm

I've found that when you wear blue game will not take a lot of notice if you do not aproach them directly.

Ever noticed how close you can get to game when carrying a gun ?
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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 10th 2012, 8:37 am

Except for state laws and to keep someone from shooting at you dark colors are better than light or bright. When I lived in Florida I hunted on a private lease and most of us just wore blue type work clothes.
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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 10th 2012, 9:57 am

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Except for state laws and to keep someone from shooting at you dark colors are better than light or bright. When I lived in Florida I hunted on a private lease and most of us just wore blue type work clothes.

Depends on what kind of hunting your doing. I will still take being still and playing the wind over what I'm wearing but with that being said if you are hunting in a treestand and kinda out from the trunk of the tree wearing dark colors and a mature deer locks on to you it is not good. You look like a dark blob standing up in the tree which is certainly out of place. Not to say you still won't get a shot or even kill it I mean I've shot them in blue jeans and blue shirts before but certainly not what I would find the best attire to go after mature deer with a bow. Young deer are a different story, there pretty dumb.
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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 10th 2012, 10:11 am

I agree if they smell you its probably over unless your pushing, we were still hunting deer and hogs and I would rather have dark than blaze orange on. If I was bow hunting I would have camo on.
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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 10th 2012, 11:04 am

Lets be clear here. Everything needs to be taken in consideration. Not just how you look, smell, move, or are quiet. All of it counts, and all of it will get you busted at some point.

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PostSubject: Re: What Do Deer See?   July 10th 2012, 11:27 am

Yeah and these critters are much more attuned to their surroundings than us so they spot something out of the ordinary much more easily than us !
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