Understanding Deer Vision Leads to Hunting Success
By: Bob Humphrey
Learning the differences between a deer's vision and human sight can help you stay undetected
When it comes to the latest and greatest products, theories or technology in the hunting world, most hunters fall into one of two categories. First, there are the bandwagon jumpers. “If a pro hunter says it works, that’s good enough for me.” Then, there are the skeptics. “Sounds fishy to me. And there’s no way you can prove it works.”
One of the classic examples of the latter group are those who dispute claims that deer don’t see blaze orange. They all have a story that usually goes something like, “I was wearing orange once, and a deer saw me.” Well, I guess you convinced me, Bubba. Not!
And if you really want to wind them up, mention a product called UV Killer. It blocks the blue/white fluorescence of clothing that has been treated with fabric brighteners, which are intended to make “whiter whites.” It was developed because those brighteners also allegedly enhance the reflection of light in that portion of the visible spectrum that a whitetail’s eyes are most sensitive to. It sounds great in theory, but our skeptics quickly counter with, “How can them scientist fellas possibly know just what a deer sees without being able to read their minds?”
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