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Does the color of the light coming from a flashlight effect the deer being able to detect it? Like Red, Green, or regular? Also does anyone know if they make like green ceramic paper that you could use to jimmy rig a regular flashlight? Any tips?

Question by Buck91Hunter. Uploaded on November 04, 2009

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

they cant see green but they can see blue red. if you cant rig it up just be sure not to be shining anywhere but in front of you.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I use a quality led flahlight that lights my way, I try not to shine the beam where deer may see it. A white light going thru the woods might get some attention, but if your not shining it at the deer they should not spook. I've used the red and green lights and I cant see the briars and spiderwebs well, so I went back with the white leds.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I've seen green "saran wrap" that you could probaly use.
I just use a sml. led light myself.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I use a blue/green Petzl LED headlamp. I can see well enough with it and it preserves your night vision better than white light. I also have a very small single green LED light that is plenty good for walking in and out of the hunting area.

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from mihunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

a cheap way to rig it up is get some "holiday" (green) saran wrap and stick it in the light. or like everyone else said, just dont go shining your light through the woods, shine it right in front of you where you are walking.

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from LesserSon wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If deer can't see green how do they find food? Red attracts human attention, so we assume it does the same for deer? That doesn't figure.
I use a red LED because it doesn't blind me in the dark, and is easily recognized by other humans.

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from LesserSon wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Some German study tried to rig red lights on cars as a warning to deer to get out of the way. Their rationale was that deer are afraid of the red glow of wolves' eyes. The red lamps did not deter deer from getting hit by cars.
I sounds to me like those scientists had seen too many CGI wolves, too.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

We've used red filtered spotlights for deer trapping. It doesn't seem to deter them. You can easily make a red filter for your flashlight by using a piece of that red clear plastic that is often used for covering gift baskets.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Buck91Hunter,
For your 'filter' paper, go to a music store or theatrical supply store, or a lighting supply and ask for 'lighting gels' or 'gel sheets'. These are used in the theater/production industry for putting in front of white stage lights to change their color(i.e, red, green, blue,yellow etc.), usually sandwiched in a thin metal frame clipped on the end of a light. You could get some of this stuff and cut out a piece to put on your light. This stuff is like industrial strength cellophane designed to stand up to heat of 500 watt bulbs, so it should hold up well on a flashlight or even a powerful hand-held light. That ought to work.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Found out the other day that if you shine a green light directly at a deer it gets their attention. They might not be able to make out subdued green but they notice brightness. Most filters don't take out all the colors.

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from cody r wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

red light would be the best

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I have both red and green led's the deer don't seem to mind

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

they cant see green but they can see blue red. if you cant rig it up just be sure not to be shining anywhere but in front of you.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I use a quality led flahlight that lights my way, I try not to shine the beam where deer may see it. A white light going thru the woods might get some attention, but if your not shining it at the deer they should not spook. I've used the red and green lights and I cant see the briars and spiderwebs well, so I went back with the white leds.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Buck91Hunter,
For your 'filter' paper, go to a music store or theatrical supply store, or a lighting supply and ask for 'lighting gels' or 'gel sheets'. These are used in the theater/production industry for putting in front of white stage lights to change their color(i.e, red, green, blue,yellow etc.), usually sandwiched in a thin metal frame clipped on the end of a light. You could get some of this stuff and cut out a piece to put on your light. This stuff is like industrial strength cellophane designed to stand up to heat of 500 watt bulbs, so it should hold up well on a flashlight or even a powerful hand-held light. That ought to work.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I've seen green "saran wrap" that you could probaly use.
I just use a sml. led light myself.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

I use a blue/green Petzl LED headlamp. I can see well enough with it and it preserves your night vision better than white light. I also have a very small single green LED light that is plenty good for walking in and out of the hunting area.

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from mihunter wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

a cheap way to rig it up is get some "holiday" (green) saran wrap and stick it in the light. or like everyone else said, just dont go shining your light through the woods, shine it right in front of you where you are walking.

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from LesserSon wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If deer can't see green how do they find food? Red attracts human attention, so we assume it does the same for deer? That doesn't figure.
I use a red LED because it doesn't blind me in the dark, and is easily recognized by other humans.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

We've used red filtered spotlights for deer trapping. It doesn't seem to deter them. You can easily make a red filter for your flashlight by using a piece of that red clear plastic that is often used for covering gift baskets.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from MLH wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Found out the other day that if you shine a green light directly at a deer it gets their attention. They might not be able to make out subdued green but they notice brightness. Most filters don't take out all the colors.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I have both red and green led's the deer don't seem to mind

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from LesserSon wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Some German study tried to rig red lights on cars as a warning to deer to get out of the way. Their rationale was that deer are afraid of the red glow of wolves' eyes. The red lamps did not deter deer from getting hit by cars.
I sounds to me like those scientists had seen too many CGI wolves, too.

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from cody r wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

red light would be the best

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