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UV light, true or crap?

Old 02-04-2008, 05:57 PM
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What's the deal with deer and predators seeing UV light.
You know when people say that they will see you ( your clothes ) glow like a light bulb.
Is this true or just a bunch of crap?
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:59 PM
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i would think its a bunch of crap, but im not an expert
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:31 PM
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I kept reading articles about "glowing" camo, so I got worried and got a black light. I always use the detergent without the UV brighteners, but I read where camo that you buy will glow. When I checked, none of my camo or any of my clothes glowed. Then I checked othere clothes and about the only thing that really showed up was whites.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:08 AM
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This is from a university study on cervid vision, draw your own conclusion:

I've blacklighted newly purchased camo, and camo that I've washed in Sportwash, only the new stuff "glowed". Whites and blaze were particularly bright, but all of the new items showed a distinct "glow". I've also tested Atsko UV Killer and found it to work as advertised. One thing you need to remember is that unlike animals with enhanced night vision our corneas have a built in UV blocking ability, so we can't see the glow like they do without using a UV emitting source such as a blacklight. Get a blacklight and try it yourself, you'll see what I mean.

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Old 02-05-2008, 07:32 AM
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Deer most def. can see UV..... Ducks and several other species of birds as well.
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:27 AM
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I did some research on this as well. What I found was some camo will "glow" more than others under a black light.. Especially faded camo that has seen repeated washing and drying.. So I don't dry my camo any more and I use the scent free/uv free detergent where I used to just use regular detergent.. I believe the deer can see UV light more than humans.. I mean how else can you explain the ability for them to run thru the woods in pitch black and not run into a tree.. .. Most of the modern camo companies have figured this out to.. So if your using name brand camo your probably OK..
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:44 AM
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I think its Marketing propaganda...You guys would laugh if you saw how faded some of my camo is, guess I'm a tightwad...I actually have thought of tie dying some to put color back in...

I killed 3 deer this year with a bow, all within 20 yards and had several times that a deer looked straight at me...I believe the secret is keeping still...

I don't buy new camo until I have outgrown or until it shrinks too much...
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:48 AM
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Another note.. Is that in broad daylight the UV issues is not a big deal.. It is only in low light conditions like day break and dusk..
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:40 AM
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You know, when I reflect back on my life and hunting and I think of my mentors, its hard to believe that they ever even got a deer.
My buddy Carl for example; this guy is old enough to be my father. He’s got a bunch of wall hangers; I’m guessing 20? He smokes a cigar half the time while hunting. He says it tells him which way the wind is blowing. He also wears plaid (the original camo) all the time. Further, some of the jackets he wears look like they’ve never been washed in anything! He says he’s never hunted from a stand; I’ve never seen him in one.
You’d think after reading all the advertising that he doesn’t stand a chance, but he does. In fact, I’d say that he stands a better chance than most of the people I know, including me. My opinion on why he stands a better chance is that he’s wise, to the woods. He’s spent enough time in them to know them. To hunt with him is a pleasure. He’s amazed me in places that I’ve taken him that he’s never been in.
People like Carl don’t buy UV blocker.
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:08 PM
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I have killed alot of deer at times when I should have been glowing.
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