Orange Hunting Vest | Can Deers See You Hunting?



If you’re wondering if deer can see your orange hunting vest when hunting, this post is for you. No need to panic, read this post find out!

Worried To Wear Your Orange Hunting Vest?

Most of the deer hunters I know are aware that wearing an orange hunting vest is an essential measure of safety, especially if there are other hunters around or if you’re on a public land. But the question that lies inside the mind of an inquisitive hunter is this –“Can deer see orange colors?” Some hunters worry that their orange hunting apparel will scare the wary deer away.

Before hunting season begins, a question always seems to surface: Can deer see bright blaze orange colors? This is a topic that engages every deer hunter into an endless discussion in the context of how and what a deer sees. It is known as blaze orange, safety orange, and hunter orange and the regulations of wearing this color varies from state to state. But how does wearing an orange hunting vest affect your hunt? Will it improve your hunting or will it just frighten the suspicious deer away?


Deer’s Vision

Deer's Vision | Orange Hunting Vest Can Deers See You Hunting?

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The answer to our question is: No, a deer cannot see orange the same way humans perceive the color. Deer does see colors but in a very different way than we do. “Color” is how we perceive light of multiple frequencies and wavelengths thus making up a visible spectrum. Just like what we see in a rainbow. Red is the color on one end of the spectrum having the longest wavelengths visible to the human eye. And having the shortest wavelength on the other end is violet and this is where deer sense colors. That is why they can see blues and most probably even ultraviolet light. Deer show a flimsy sensitivity to yellow but tests also indicate that green, red and orange appear to them as shades of gray.

Hunter Orange

As hunters, we shouldn’t be more concerned or worried about wearing an orange hunting vest. It is more important to think about your silhouette and movement. The deer may not be good when it comes to fine details or colors but they are extremely good when it comes to detecting outlines and movement within their surroundings. Most of the seasoned hunters would agree when I say that wearing orange whenever out in the woods is not detrimental to being seen by a deer. It is worn for safety purposes. The objective is to be seen by other hunters or in the event of an emergency, it will be less difficult to find you in the vast hunting ground.

False Notion

False Notion | Orange Hunting Vest Can Deers See You Hunting?

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It appears that the safety perspective of wearing an orange hunting vest absolutely surpasses the probability of deer detection for wearing orange apparel. Deer have limited acuity and inadequate depth perception that is why we shouldn’t be more concern about orange apparel and camo patterns. The thing we must focus on is our movements and scent control for their sense of smell is truly exceptional.


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If you’re going to ask me if I’m going to advise novice hunters to wear their orange hunting vest, then the answer is a resounding YES! Other than being a law in most states and it is for you and your fellow hunter’s safety. Although our outfit, equipment, and guns play a vital role in hunting, we must not disregard the importance of practice. If we are armed with knowledge and awesome hunting skills, the odds of success will definitely be in our favor. Hope this article answers one of the age-old hunting questions.

Orange Hunting Vest | Can Deers See You Hunting?

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  1. InklingBooks

    January 23, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    During WWII, the U.S. military discovered that people who were red-green color blind weren’t deceived by camouflage. A deception that worked with those with normal vision did not work with them. They could see right through it.

    In much the same fashion, the camoflage clothing that hunters wear is designed to hide them from normal human eyes. Judging by a Google search, there’s been a lot of interest recently in the differences between our vision and that of deer. Perhaps it’s time someone came out with a line of hunter’s clothing that works with how deer actually see. There might even prove to be different color shades and patterns that work best with different animals.

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