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Deer Hunting

Are Deers color blind?

Uploaded on October 28, 2010

I want to introduce myself as an not experience deer hunter but an experience guenea hen,wild ducks etc hunter in the carribeans.I may have quit a few questions on deers and hunting them.My first question is. are deers color blind?Gore@optifade has a ad showing the difference between human and deer sight, from what i understand deers are color blind according to the Ad.If I am wrong please correct me.Why wear camo if they are color blind?

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from Brian V wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Breaks up your shape

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from lamson yankee wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

The breakup is right but to add one more point.Deero see color to an extent. They lack a pigment in there eye to detect intense colors.Bright orange is duller to them etc.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

We are tricomatic as far as our vision goes, which means we see three primary colors. Deer on the other hand are diocromatic which means they see two, missing the red one. So they can't pickup Blaze Orange. If you have a friend who is color blind ask him what color the top light on a traffic signal is and be careful hunting with him.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

P.S. As far as Camo goes deer have very good low light vision that pick up movement in the shade. But their eyes adjust Slowly so you get the Deer in the Headlight Syndrome.

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from boilerup53 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I just recently read a study by many scientists that was conducted on this topic. 6 deer were harvested and their eyes were dissected. Their conclusion in relation to the many conflicting studies they cited: deer do have both rods (see brightness and night vision), and cones (see color). Deer see a limited spectrum of color (wavelengths from purple shades to green), as previous posts discussed think of it like color blindness. Other major points in regards to camo are more important than color. Camo's main job is to break up the outline your body creates in relationship to its background. Deer have a much wider cone of vision limiting their ability to focus in 3d(i.e. our 20/20 vision is more like 20/40 to a deer). They have evolved the ability to pick up movements and outlines to determine danger. Camo allows our body's outline to be broken up. Check out the link below. This is not an endorsement for Sitka's gear, but their short article and diagram on concealment are worth 1,001 of my words.

http://www.sitkagear.com/technology/concealment.aspx

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

My biologist buddies down the hall always told me that deer see black and white and shades of gray inbetween. I too think that movement is the real giveaway that deer see.

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from giboulou13 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Thank you guys great help.

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from muliebucker wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

yes they are they see in black and white and there is a certain fabric they can see tho not sure what it was tho...

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Everything I have read throughout the years from dozens of different sources have indicated that deer are color blind. Why wear camo clothing? The answer is very simple. To break up your outline. Even with the best of camo, it is very, very important to not move when a deer is looking a you. With or without camo, your movement will tip off your location and bust a deer.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

We are tricomatic as far as our vision goes, which means we see three primary colors. Deer on the other hand are diocromatic which means they see two, missing the red one. So they can't pickup Blaze Orange. If you have a friend who is color blind ask him what color the top light on a traffic signal is and be careful hunting with him.

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from Carl Huber wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

P.S. As far as Camo goes deer have very good low light vision that pick up movement in the shade. But their eyes adjust Slowly so you get the Deer in the Headlight Syndrome.

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from boilerup53 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I just recently read a study by many scientists that was conducted on this topic. 6 deer were harvested and their eyes were dissected. Their conclusion in relation to the many conflicting studies they cited: deer do have both rods (see brightness and night vision), and cones (see color). Deer see a limited spectrum of color (wavelengths from purple shades to green), as previous posts discussed think of it like color blindness. Other major points in regards to camo are more important than color. Camo's main job is to break up the outline your body creates in relationship to its background. Deer have a much wider cone of vision limiting their ability to focus in 3d(i.e. our 20/20 vision is more like 20/40 to a deer). They have evolved the ability to pick up movements and outlines to determine danger. Camo allows our body's outline to be broken up. Check out the link below. This is not an endorsement for Sitka's gear, but their short article and diagram on concealment are worth 1,001 of my words.

http://www.sitkagear.com/technology/concealment.aspx

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from Brian V wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Breaks up your shape

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from lamson yankee wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

The breakup is right but to add one more point.Deero see color to an extent. They lack a pigment in there eye to detect intense colors.Bright orange is duller to them etc.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

My biologist buddies down the hall always told me that deer see black and white and shades of gray inbetween. I too think that movement is the real giveaway that deer see.

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from giboulou13 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Thank you guys great help.

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from muliebucker wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

yes they are they see in black and white and there is a certain fabric they can see tho not sure what it was tho...

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

Everything I have read throughout the years from dozens of different sources have indicated that deer are color blind. Why wear camo clothing? The answer is very simple. To break up your outline. Even with the best of camo, it is very, very important to not move when a deer is looking a you. With or without camo, your movement will tip off your location and bust a deer.

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