UV Light And Camo Clothes

George L. from Indiana writes to ask about what deer see. "I walked through the lane of one of my field cameras just at dark last week, and looked at that photo today. My camo clothes looked light and bright. Is that what deer see?"

Dr. Dave Samuel

We can’t prove what deer see, but we know they can see UV light much better than we do, and my guess is that their view of you is similar to what that camera photo showed. Why take a chance? I use the Sport Wash from Atsko that eliminates that problem. They also have a UV Killer Spray that I use. Both products block the UV reflection that animals see. Since most detergents have UV brighteners in it, I use the Sport Wash as my detergent. My guess is that you’ve been washing your hunting clothes in regular detergents and that is why you "glow" in those nighttime photos.

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Dr. Dave writes a weekly column for sportsmansguide.com. If you have a question for Dr. Dave, e-mail your question to Dr. Dave in care of Tom Kacheroski, senior editor of www.sportsmansguide.com‘s content at tkachero@sportsmansguide.com. Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He’s also an outdoor writer and has been with “Bowhunter” magazine for 31 years.

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