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Deer Hunting

Colored Flashlights

Uploaded on March 06, 2009

I was really skeptical about those flashlights you see in the magazines and catalogs with the colored lenses, until I bought one. I got one of those lights you clip-on your hat. I think it's called the Cyclops, and it has 5 LED's. It was like $15 and the lights are green. This was one of the best pieces of hunting gear I've ever bought. For some reason, probably the color green, I can walk right up to or walk by deer (providing I'm quiet approaching them) and don't spook unless I'm within 30yrds. of them. When I walk across an open field on the way to my stand in the morning or head back to my truck at night, I can see the deers eyes and usually they will not spoke, they just keep eating or staring until I either get in the woods or down a hill. It's also helped me narrow down where the deer are entering the fields in the evenings, so I can reset my stand and cut them off. Has anybody else tried any of the other colors or the green, and have you had the same success that I have had.

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Do have a green and red one but i have not used it yet in the woods.

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

i also have a green one , but have not tested. Is yours camo?

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from MLH wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I was setting a ground blind up in the dark using a red headlight. Heard some noise behind me. A buck was almost on top of me before he got my scent and bolted.

I also wear a backward pointing small light, red, green or blue, depending on my mood, when walking in or out of the woods. Hopefully, it'll prevent someone from mistaking me for game.

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from wallofsam wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Huntandtrap09- Yes the casing is camo.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I like the red lens. Research says deer don't pick up that color of light well.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I agree with you. I thought why would anyone want red or green lights. they really arn't useful. But since you told me you can stalk deer up to 30 yds. I am thinking maybe they aren't so bad after all.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I thought that deer couldn't see any color well, except blue? And red is color that the military prefers to preserve night vision. So, what's the deal with green?

Bubba

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I'll probably try these colored lenses this fall. I want to cover the flash on my trail-cam with red transparent tape, so as to not spook'm as much. Pictures will have a funny hue but i don't care.

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from tortfeasoralex wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Supposedly...

Blue makes red show up brightly, so it's used for tracking blood trails, but can be seen by most animals.

Red can not be seen by animals, unless you focus the beam right on them, but it greatly diminishes the range you can see, so it's ideal for picking up the reflection of eyes of varmints.

Green can not been seen by most animals, so this color is useful for looking at things inside your blind without spooking game. Plus, the light is a lot brighter than Red, so you can see more.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

nice i didnt believe it would work i didnt want to waste my money might be the next peice of equipment i buy

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I use the blue/green light on my Petzl LED headlamp all the time hunting. It generally does not spook game and preserves people's night vision.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

A green LED is visible farther at night than even a white or red one.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Are they bright enough to walk in the woods without a moon?
Can you see the ground and any obstacles in your path?

I have to walk a long distance before day light, and these babies may be just what thw doctor ordered

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I have several headlamps with both green and red l.e.d.s. Am looking forward to using them this fall.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

2Poppa

The green LED Petzl head light is plenty bright. the one I have has a green flip up filter and 3 intensity settings plus a blinking mode. Even the lowest setting is ample to walk in the dark with the green lens without screwing up your night vision. I used red filter flashlights back in my Army days 30 years ago, but use the green filtered LED now. I have not tried red LED lights hunting. I do have a S&W LED compact flashlignt that has red, green, and white LED's. I have not used it hunting though.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter-
Thanks!
I'm thinking about getting me a pair of these. My bright white flash light seems so intrusive when I'm penetrating the woods in the wee hours.

I'm assuming the makers name is Petzl.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

2Poppa

Yes, Petzl (not related to our beloved David P.). They have a website and are available at Cabela's, etc. I bet Gander Mountain and other good outfitters have them too. I don't think I have seen them in the Mall Wart stores though, but maybe.

My Petzl has endured 3 elk hunts, a contruction project, and a chewing by a Lab puppy and still works. I would not categorize them as indestructable, but they are pretty well built.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

2poppa, i also have the Petzl headlamp, as well as a few others. The petzl is my favorite. It is bright, easy to use, has good battery life as well as a few different modes of light. there is another made by Princeton tec that is very similar in quality. Both are in the $40 pricerange. I was given 4 different headlamps to test and these two were my top 2choices. These were the 2 out of 4 i would buy with my own money. Hope this helps.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

My friend use the Cyclops CYC-HC5WRT Orion 5 LED Hat Clip Light, White Bulb, Realtree AP Camo for $13.26 and he loved it a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I use a red light to get to my stand in the morning. And it works great. Deer don't spook until you are wtihin 20 yards of them. The one thing I don;t like is those blood trail lights. They cost a mini fortion and don;t seem to work.

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from adodger69 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I see one comment on the blood trail lights, what about the primos one,has anyone used it,does it work?

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

red light all the way

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from gunner11 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I just got a green light and have to say I'm impressed. I've used red lights before and I just dont see well with them. My hunting partner also says he can spot the green light when I'm coming in from the stand from a good distance away.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

Agree with BrigMarine: the more visible the light, the greater the effect on your night vision.

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from EdgeMan wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I use a red lens cover when I'm coyote hunting, and it seems to be less bothersome to them.

I've found that the weakest light that still lets you see, is best. Bright and white just ain't right. :) Red cellophane or some such thing, over a regular 2-cell flashlight would be my choice.
http://www.true-cuban-cigars.com

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from bucksNducks wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

i use a red light hunting and i use it in the marines also. i have no problem walking around at night. the red light puts off plenty of light to see anything close. edgeman so the red cellophane over a light does work because i was always told if i wanted to coyote hunt after dark to put it over a spot light and it wouldnt spook them.

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from job24.1 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

the red light is for your night vision - to keep your eyes adjusted. The blue light is for tracking - for some reason blood shows up better under blue light. Green is for long distance and night vision. Also the green is better for reading maps, which is pretty much impossible under a red light. Any of the colored lights seem to be less alarming to animals. Probably because the white light interferes with their night vision.

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from buckshot89 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

i have a coulman compact flashlight that has white, green, and red LED's. i absolutly love it. the red and green works great while walking to my stand in pitch blackness. the brightness is of a light is labeled on the package, the more lumensm the brighter. from my experience, i prefer the red filter, but the green works well too. my light has survived many fishing trips, camping trips, and three deer seasons. it has been dropped out of my stand a couple times and got kicked out of my stand yesterday when i kicked my hunting pack from the standing platform on my treestand... it still works great and i havn't had to change the batteries once in three years!

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from Eric Greene wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

I have a red cyclops hat light It works great at finding the stand without spooking deer.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Army surplus flashlights have a hollow compartment in the bottom of the battery compartment with different filters. Mine has blue, red, yellow and clear.

And this gear is cheap, and you also get a spare bulb.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

2Poppa

The green LED Petzl head light is plenty bright. the one I have has a green flip up filter and 3 intensity settings plus a blinking mode. Even the lowest setting is ample to walk in the dark with the green lens without screwing up your night vision. I used red filter flashlights back in my Army days 30 years ago, but use the green filtered LED now. I have not tried red LED lights hunting. I do have a S&W LED compact flashlignt that has red, green, and white LED's. I have not used it hunting though.

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from MLH wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I was setting a ground blind up in the dark using a red headlight. Heard some noise behind me. A buck was almost on top of me before he got my scent and bolted.

I also wear a backward pointing small light, red, green or blue, depending on my mood, when walking in or out of the woods. Hopefully, it'll prevent someone from mistaking me for game.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

2poppa, i also have the Petzl headlamp, as well as a few others. The petzl is my favorite. It is bright, easy to use, has good battery life as well as a few different modes of light. there is another made by Princeton tec that is very similar in quality. Both are in the $40 pricerange. I was given 4 different headlamps to test and these two were my top 2choices. These were the 2 out of 4 i would buy with my own money. Hope this helps.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

My friend use the Cyclops CYC-HC5WRT Orion 5 LED Hat Clip Light, White Bulb, Realtree AP Camo for $13.26 and he loved it a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from wallofsam wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Huntandtrap09- Yes the casing is camo.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I like the red lens. Research says deer don't pick up that color of light well.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I agree with you. I thought why would anyone want red or green lights. they really arn't useful. But since you told me you can stalk deer up to 30 yds. I am thinking maybe they aren't so bad after all.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I thought that deer couldn't see any color well, except blue? And red is color that the military prefers to preserve night vision. So, what's the deal with green?

Bubba

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I'll probably try these colored lenses this fall. I want to cover the flash on my trail-cam with red transparent tape, so as to not spook'm as much. Pictures will have a funny hue but i don't care.

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from tortfeasoralex wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Supposedly...

Blue makes red show up brightly, so it's used for tracking blood trails, but can be seen by most animals.

Red can not be seen by animals, unless you focus the beam right on them, but it greatly diminishes the range you can see, so it's ideal for picking up the reflection of eyes of varmints.

Green can not been seen by most animals, so this color is useful for looking at things inside your blind without spooking game. Plus, the light is a lot brighter than Red, so you can see more.

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from mattreney wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

nice i didnt believe it would work i didnt want to waste my money might be the next peice of equipment i buy

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I use the blue/green light on my Petzl LED headlamp all the time hunting. It generally does not spook game and preserves people's night vision.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

A green LED is visible farther at night than even a white or red one.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

Are they bright enough to walk in the woods without a moon?
Can you see the ground and any obstacles in your path?

I have to walk a long distance before day light, and these babies may be just what thw doctor ordered

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from steve182 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

I have several headlamps with both green and red l.e.d.s. Am looking forward to using them this fall.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter-
Thanks!
I'm thinking about getting me a pair of these. My bright white flash light seems so intrusive when I'm penetrating the woods in the wee hours.

I'm assuming the makers name is Petzl.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

2Poppa

Yes, Petzl (not related to our beloved David P.). They have a website and are available at Cabela's, etc. I bet Gander Mountain and other good outfitters have them too. I don't think I have seen them in the Mall Wart stores though, but maybe.

My Petzl has endured 3 elk hunts, a contruction project, and a chewing by a Lab puppy and still works. I would not categorize them as indestructable, but they are pretty well built.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I use a red light to get to my stand in the morning. And it works great. Deer don't spook until you are wtihin 20 yards of them. The one thing I don;t like is those blood trail lights. They cost a mini fortion and don;t seem to work.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

red light all the way

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from EdgeMan wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

I use a red lens cover when I'm coyote hunting, and it seems to be less bothersome to them.

I've found that the weakest light that still lets you see, is best. Bright and white just ain't right. :) Red cellophane or some such thing, over a regular 2-cell flashlight would be my choice.
http://www.true-cuban-cigars.com

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Do have a green and red one but i have not used it yet in the woods.

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

i also have a green one , but have not tested. Is yours camo?

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from adodger69 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I see one comment on the blood trail lights, what about the primos one,has anyone used it,does it work?

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from gunner11 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I just got a green light and have to say I'm impressed. I've used red lights before and I just dont see well with them. My hunting partner also says he can spot the green light when I'm coming in from the stand from a good distance away.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

Agree with BrigMarine: the more visible the light, the greater the effect on your night vision.

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from bucksNducks wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

i use a red light hunting and i use it in the marines also. i have no problem walking around at night. the red light puts off plenty of light to see anything close. edgeman so the red cellophane over a light does work because i was always told if i wanted to coyote hunt after dark to put it over a spot light and it wouldnt spook them.

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from job24.1 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

the red light is for your night vision - to keep your eyes adjusted. The blue light is for tracking - for some reason blood shows up better under blue light. Green is for long distance and night vision. Also the green is better for reading maps, which is pretty much impossible under a red light. Any of the colored lights seem to be less alarming to animals. Probably because the white light interferes with their night vision.

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from buckshot89 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

i have a coulman compact flashlight that has white, green, and red LED's. i absolutly love it. the red and green works great while walking to my stand in pitch blackness. the brightness is of a light is labeled on the package, the more lumensm the brighter. from my experience, i prefer the red filter, but the green works well too. my light has survived many fishing trips, camping trips, and three deer seasons. it has been dropped out of my stand a couple times and got kicked out of my stand yesterday when i kicked my hunting pack from the standing platform on my treestand... it still works great and i havn't had to change the batteries once in three years!

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from Eric Greene wrote 3 years 18 weeks ago

I have a red cyclops hat light It works great at finding the stand without spooking deer.

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from New Age Bubba wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Army surplus flashlights have a hollow compartment in the bottom of the battery compartment with different filters. Mine has blue, red, yellow and clear.

And this gear is cheap, and you also get a spare bulb.

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