Mike: I am curious about something and would like to hear your thoughts. I have read where studies show that deer don't see in the red/orange spectrum very well, but they see well in the blue/green spectrum, which is why we can wear hunter orange, but shouldn't wear blue jeans. If this is the case, why are the new green flashlights being marketed as "not spooking game"? It would seem to me that they would do just that, spook them, and that a red lens would be better. Thanks, Brad in AL
Brad: In a big study at the Univ. of Georgia, researchers used optical instruments (same ones used to test our eyes) and fitted deer with contact lenses. They found that deer can see some some shades of yellow and blue, but cannot see reds or greens, they are color blind in those spectrums. Hence, all the “non-game spooking” red and green lights on the market today.
I think it makes sense to switch from a white light (w/yellow tints) to a red or green one to find your stand in the AM dark. But still, be smart. Go in downwind and sneak as quiet as you can; tromping in wrong spooks as many or more deer than lights IMO.