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06 Jun, 2011

What color lights can Whitetail Deer see?

Posted by: aaa_janitor In: Backyard Putting Greens

I want to put some flood lights in the backyard of my mountain house so we can watch the deer walk by and eat the corn we throw out and the apples off the trees without disturbing them and without having the brightness of regular lights. I have read that deer can’t see Red or Green I just want to get another opinion.

Thanks,
Chris

Thanks, Chris

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6 Responses to "What color lights can Whitetail Deer see?"

1 | tonalc2

June 6th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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Deer are not completely color blind.

Deer are essentially red-green color blind like some humans. Their color vision is limited to the short (blue) and middle (green) wavelength colors. As a result, deer likely can distinguish blue from red, but not green from red, or orange from red.

2 | R C

June 6th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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you have the right idea, deer are color blind. so they see black and white. go with the green or red lights

3 | shooter

June 6th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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G’Day mate yes it’s true red and green is the go but a nice cross hair wont hert if you do it in one shot .cheers mate.dam it, now i want some deer meat

4 | gettgo

June 6th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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Here is a link to a article that discloses a study done at the University of Georgia. Here are the Findings of the Study
The results of our study confirmed that deer possess two (rather than three as in humans) types of cones allowing limited color vision (Figure 1). The cone that deer lack is the “red” cone, or the one sensitive to long wavelength colors such as red and orange. This suggests that wearing bright colors while hunting does not affect hunting success. This does not mean that these colors are invisible to deer, but rather that they are perceived differently.

Deer are essentially red-green color blind like some humans. Their color vision is limited to the short (blue) and middle (green) wavelength colors. As a result, deer likely can distinguish blue from red, but not green from red, or orange from red. Therefore, it appears that hunters would be equally suited wearing green, red, or orange clothing but perhaps slightly disadvantaged wearing blue.

5 | dumdum

June 6th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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Tonalc2 has said it best.

6 | gunsrfunmg

June 6th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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theyre color blind

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