Lights in the dark for early morning sets

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  1. tkarrow

    tkarrow Weekend Warrior

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    Is there any truth to the statement that deer cannot see LED lights?

    I try to use no lights, or a red one because the red is not visible to deer from what I have been told (I think green is also safe?)... anyone know about other colours or a straight white LED?

    I find the red not bright enough to really help navigate the woods.

    Thanks, Tom
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    Deer can see LED light, light works on physical wavelengths and there is nothing magical about LED that deer can't see
     
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    If I have to use a light, I use green.

    I can see a lot better with it and from my experimenting with it, deer don't pay attention to green.
     
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    have always used red light when walking at night going back to my military days. if you can't see well enough with red you might try green. seems it too would be less intrusive than white.
     
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    its better not using a light to glow the pins. the pins are gonna start glowing on first light.
     
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    bowhtr1 Weekend Warrior

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    Use green. I have found it to work the best. Deer can still see in the dark so they can see you. Make sure to bring a white light with you to track. Green will not pick up the blood trail.

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    I find the deer are more spooked by the sound you make than the light you carry. I do use red or green lights, but because they don't make me as night blind as bright white does.
     
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    I have found that my red light is less intrusive to the deer compared to my white light. However my white light is exponentially less intrusive than the huge amount of noise I make stumbling through the woods in the dark.


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    I figured that.... what a misleading statement.
    Thanks, T

     
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    kurveball18 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I've been using Easton Axis since they came out. Only arrow I have ever used since first starting to bowhunt. Then I used aluminum. I use a very similar setup. 54 pound DW, 27" draw length and i'm getting about 262 out of my Mathews Halon. I blew right through the top of the heart on my 8 pointer this year at 22 yards. It would have been a pass through but the arrow hit the back side of the front leg on the opposite side. I did have an exit hole so technically it was a pass through, just didnt come completely out of the deer and stick in the ground. I've always felt that the Axis hit hard and still gave me driving power if i used the right broadhead. This past season I used the new Rage +P. It worked great so i'm not going to fix something that isnt broken.
     
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    Are your Axis green or red? I'm sure that you don't use the white light axis!

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    Green seen to be good,


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    Same here
     
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    If you use a light use a red light so it doesn't wreck your night vision.
     
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    Use white while walking in, then I try to switch to red while at the stand or blind. Try to not "shine" anywhere other than in front of my foot steps unless I need to light up some tacks. I worry more about the noise than light. If I'm early enough, I like to think neither matter.

    If a light shines in the forest and no deer could see it, was it even visible?
     
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    Well, the deer are gonna hear you no matter what color light you have. In the woods i dont think it matters. If they can see the light (reguardless of color) you are already busted.

    Now out west this could definetly have some merit, id use a tinted lens just so its not as bright and doesnt carry (like red).

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    I agree with this statement 100%. I believe the idea that using a red or green light because it doesn't spook deer is absurd. If a deer is close enough to see your light, it's close enough to see and hear you. I know people who don't use any lights at all because they don't want to spook deer, and then they sound like a freight train going through the woods because they can't see what they're doing.

    Deer are generally less spooky when it's dark out so I believe most of the "in my experience" comments are purely anecdotal.
     
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    I use a white light. Was walking to my stand this year and was getting ready to climb up when I happened to turn my head to the right and I saw eyes staring at me about 10 yards away. The deer stood there for a minute or two and never spooked until I turned off my headlamp. Not saying that will ever happen again but I agree with the others that say they get more spooked by the sound than the light
     
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    For me morning hunting Im not trying to sneak up on deer in a plot or standing around. I'm going to a spot where the deer won't be at the time, but they should be passing through, so I'm not worried about spooking them. My concern is to get in early enough so the woods have a good 30min-1hr to calm down before I expect deer moving through.
     

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