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JMO, I wish they’d stop seeing how bright they can make hunting crossbow strings and cables, especially on the wide crossbows with the longer string’s and cables. Another example is Ravin putting all the orange colored stuff on the limbs and stocks of their crossbows. I don’t hunt in a box/blind. Never have and never will. I like the challenge of being out in the open with camo clothing, headsets for cover. Don’t need orange colored crap on my crossbows that any movement will be visible to a deer 100 yards away.

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I was standing out in the open once, with an ugly blaze orange vest that had some camo colors mixed into the orange. A doe walked within 10 yds of me and didn't even notice me! I'm pretty convinced they're color blind. Science dudes have proven it to...their eyes don't have the color receptors like ours do...now I'm get'n in over my head though! LOL
But they'll sure notice when your eyes blink at less than 10 yds!!!!
 

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I have deer totally ignore my orange vest daily. I always wear it in the woods during rifle hunting season even though I am usually the only person around after the rut is over. Do you not wear your orange vest when hunting Tom? It is required by law in most places.
 

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I wear a blaze orange vest and hat during all hunts except early archery only. Mostly because I stillhunt on public land and very rarely use a blind of any type. Maybe I am naive but it never seems to be noticed by deer if I don't move and am not skylined. Now turkeys are a different story and not so sure about coyotes. There seems to always be orange marking tape wherever I look in the Northeast and they must get used to it if they see color at all.
I am concerned about regular camo clothes because some of them 'glow' like crazy on my trail cameras after dark and that might be a problem. My orange vest and hat just look dark gray in those pictures...
 

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Our doe deer are not color blind!!!! :p

We only have to wear an orange hat. As soon as I get situated on my stand, the orange cap goes to the ground.
 

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More than colors, its movement and the silhouette that gives us away. I have shot a deer from the ground in grey flannel and blue jeans. So its doable. Ofcourse I was tucked under a cedar.
Camo just helps us get away with some movement.
 

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I was standing out in the open once, with an ugly blaze orange vest that had some camo colors mixed into the orange. A doe walked within 10 yds of me and didn't even notice me! I'm pretty convinced they're color blind. Science dudes have proven it to...their eyes don't have the color receptors like ours do...now I'm get'n in over my head though! LOL
But they'll sure notice when your eyes blink at less than 10 yds!!!!
It’s movement , sound and smell that gets you . Rough clothing that makes a rubbing sound is bad , I’ve had em try to stare me down , I know they can’t make out what I am if they have to do that , but they sure will test you and try to get you to move , it’s a lot of fun when it happens to.
 

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When they see something out of place they go on high alert. In the woods our body’s outline really stands out from what they are used to seeing. I’ve leaned on trees dressed in orange or camo and have them stare at me obviously not sure what I am. Any movements and they are out of there.

As long as you are downwind and don’t move they will eventually give up and begin feeding or just mosey along. That’s been my experience anyway.

I like red and black strings.

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JMO, I wish they’d stop seeing how bright they can make hunting crossbow strings and cables, especially on the wide crossbows with the longer string’s and cables. Another example is Ravin putting all the orange colored stuff on the limbs and stocks of their crossbows. I don’t hunt in a box/blind. Never have and never will. I like the challenge of being out in the open with camo clothing, headsets for cover. Don’t need orange colored crap on my crossbows that any movement will be visible to a deer 100 yards away.

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I always use grey and black,my xbow is black. I like camo but in case of scratch...sharpie.
 

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It's aesthetics … which is pretty much personal preference. I like a little color as long as it's tastefully done. Scorpyd's red blended into grey camo limbs is tasteful and unobtrusive. Some guys like flat black hot-rods with black rims, windows and trim, and some guys like Ferrari' that shout look at me. Different strokes for different folks.

Frankly, I don't think any color you put on a bow makes a particle of difference in killing a deer. It's bright/shiny glass or chrome and or silhouette that's an issue on a weapon. I generally run sunshades to cut down on the angles that my scopes reflect light and I generally keep my crossbow pointed where I expect my shot to minimize the silhouette.

On the subject of getting busted: "movement and/or being scented is 98% of getting busted." It's the rare and well educated deer that walks through the woods and busts you looking up in the trees recognizing you as a threat. More often than not that type of animal behavior occurs around un-native food sources like when using bait leverage.
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Deer are colorblind. There is some evidence that supports cervids being able to see at least partially in the ultraviolet spectrum. Hence the "glowing" hunting clothing controversy. I prefer drab colored equipment although its not the end all be all to me. I will NOT wear clothing that glows under a blacklight.
 

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So there is no need for camo when deer hunting?:p I’m going to get rid of my camo hunting equipment and clothing and go for an individual touch:p. Chartreuse and purple works for me:- )
Joking, of course.

This works for me:
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So there is no need for camo when deer hunting?:p I’m going to get rid of my camo hunting equipment and clothing and go for an individual touch:p. Chartreuse and purple works for me:- )
Joking, of course.

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I was standing out in the open once, with an ugly blaze orange vest that had some camo colors mixed into the orange. A doe walked within 10 yds of me and didn't even notice me! I'm pretty convinced they're color blind. Science dudes have proven it to...their eyes don't have the color receptors like ours do...now I'm get'n in over my head though! LOL
But they'll sure notice when your eyes blink at less than 10 yds!!!!
YUP and yessir!!! I've had the same experiences. I wear a Natural Gear blaze orange vest with the dark blotch patterns throughout the vest when gun hunting. They look at you but don't see "YOU!" They see something, but again, all the head bobbing and foot stomping by the deer and as long as you're perfectly still they settle and continue on. Now, twitch, blink, shift etc and they damn well peg you, blow and sheeeeee's gone!
It seems our eyes are very visible and distinctive. Once in the early 90's, I was bow hunting in Wantage, NJ out of a tree stand and I usually hunt at least 18-20+ feet up. I'm all camo'd up in Nat Gear camo, face mask on and hands covered with thin gloves. In a tree about 40 yards away from me lands a Red Tailed Hawk. He sits staring at me, bobbing his head a bit, but intently staring right at my face. All of a sudden, this hawk takes off in flight in flight and beelines straight to my face coming in fast. Now, this bird is moving, I'm staring going Holy Crap and within the last 20 feet up go his feet, talons out! I do a quick shift and spin my body so I'm directly behind the tree as this SOB buzzes the spot exactly where I had been!!! He saw my eyes, keyed in on them and came in for a meal. That's the one and only time something like that ever happened to me but it taught me a lesson. You can camo up but the eyes are the eyes! Since then, I look down whenever a deer looks up at me...no eye contact what so ever. Nature made these critters sharp and they have their own senses we just can't outsmart!!!!!
 

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What’s so difficult when I’m hunting the edges of fields, with 4 or more does feeding out in front of me, there is always one with her radar turned on:rolleyes:. I had one stare me down for what seemed like 5 minutes the other day while the others were feeding. She was 125 yards from me. I had a camo head net on with nothing but my head sticking up past the lap pile I was sitting in. The wind was in my favor but she knew something was not right. She eventually started back feeding again but if a shooter buck had walked out into shooting range, there was a very good chance she would have pegged me getting ready for the shot. I still prefer not to hunt in a box.
 
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