The Other Side of the UV Brightener Question

View from the Other Side of the Fence



Few are Sitting on the Fence About this Issue!


During my convalescence from shoulder surgery, I’ve had the time to read a variety of views expressed (via Internet)  on the issue of UV brighteners and masking one’s scent from deer and turkey.

One thing I’ve learned is that few people are on the fence regarding brighteners and scent masking!  Everyone seems to have an opinion.

I find that I hold the same opinion as a minority of others – mainly, that this may be “Much Ado About Nothing.” (My English teacher should be proud of me for managing to insert William Shakespeare into a hunting discussion!)

Why? Info From the University of Georgia Study *

The landmark study by the University of Georgia generated several recommendations and insights.  During daytime, deer sight is only ‘average.’

They see the issue of camouflage as more important than the deer’s eyesight (whose color vision is also average during daylight hours).  In general, large areas of unbroken color are not recommended.

As long as the hunter’s clothing blends in with the terrain, the hunter is “OK.”  Thus, this study recommended using camouflaged clothing.

The study recommends both camo and orange (for safety – so other hunters can see you).  Some states still do not allow hunters to wear this combo, however.

More Facts from the University of Georgia Study

Another issue: Do not wear plastic or vinyl. Why? These two reflect light.  So, the same reason you wear a face veil — to decrease the light your face reflects — is the reason for avoiding plastic and vinyl.

The issue of “UV brighteners” comes into play only during low light conditions! They are talking about early morning and late evening.

In these conditions, deer see UV brighteners. You and I know that,  unfortunately, deer tend to be active during these times.


* The study I’m referring to is the cooperative effort between the University of Georgia and the University of Wisconsin. This group of scientists proved that deer see only two colors — yellow and blue.


Disclaimer: I don’t sell any products I mention in this series. This is strictly educational information.


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Published in: on November 3, 2009 at 6:23 am  Comments Off on The Other Side of the UV Brightener Question  
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