Saturday, October 18, 2014

orange and camo

i keep seeing guys in full camo wearing hunter orange vests and hats. not camo orange vests and hats; just out and out flat orange.

deer have color vision, although they are not trichromates, which essentially means they're essentially red-green colorblind. it doesn't mean they can see orange. it means they can't distinguish orange from red and it means they can't distinguish red from green.

...we think.

because without actually being a deer, we can't know exactly what a deer sees.

wow. is it just me, or did it just get solipsistic in here?

anyway, what we think about deer vision is that they are EXCELLENT at seeing the outlines of forms, which is where the camo comes in. it breaks up the outline of the human form. if you're wearing a BRIGHT ORANGE VEST over your camo, you can bet your bottom dollar that the deer will see the outline of that.

"look bob. it's  a mysterious vest and a floating hat. what do you think that means?"

1 comment:

Kristin @ Going Country said...

A. hunts in his regular outdoor clothes, which are mostly muted reds and greens. He will sometimes wear a bright-orange coat if he's going somewhere with other hunters around. His experience has been that if you stay still and the deer can't smell you, they'll walk right past you no matter what you're wearing.

Don't even get me started on all the hunting equipment meant to ensnare hunters. Ridiculousness.


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