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Blue Jeans???????

I was told oh not long ago that the only color an ELK or DEER could see was the color BLUE. Now believe me when I say that i do not hunt in blue jeans, as i do wear camo and such. I was just wondering if this was true, just a myth or an old wives tale? Some of my hunting party always wears blue jeans and thats the only jeans they wear. Just a curious QUESTION.

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Jeans

I have read alot of articles saying the same. Also I have read some articles that now there is some research that says hunter orange is also visible if the material is glossy or something to that effect. Basically if i have it right, wear something made of cotton or wool if your wearing orange. I dont know why anyone would wear blue jeans anyways unless it was because of money. But camo sweat pants cost only around $15. Camo is the best color in the world.

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I don't know about the color

I don't know about the color blue, but I do know both elk and muleys know blaze orange and can spot it a mile away. I don't always hunt in full camo and the closest elk I ever took (3 feet) I was wearing blue jeans.

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I don't think that the deer

I don't think that the deer and elk can spot the blaze orange on another hill side but they can see its movement a lot better.  I have been within 5' of both deer and elk with the blaze orange on and it didn't bother them one bit.  They didn't even pay any attention to me even as I moved very slowly from one posistion to another.  And all the times that I did this with the blaze orange on I had blue jeans on also.Confused

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Come to think of it.

The closest I have ever been to an Elk, I wasn't in Camo either. I was wearing blue jeans and a grey t-shirt while walking to a tank looking for turkey sign. Had a group of Elk that we saw, so we made a couple of calls and got everyone of them including a Monster Bull within a few feet. Saying that, I would think we all could agree that scent is the most important thing. If I am on a hunt for Elk or Deer, I will not take any chances and gear up in full camo. If for no other reason, it makes me believe I am giving it my all. In AZ we don't have to wear any hunter orange. I look for that to change soon.

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I'm not sure on this one as

I'm not sure on this one as I'm not an elk or a deer, but i have been within 10' of both animal weraing blue jeans and a gray t-shirt

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Don't know about elk, but I

Don't know about elk, but I know many, many people that hunt and kill all their deer in jeans......

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I do as well

My bud who taught me alot about hunting, did the same for years. But that was back in the day when we had alot more deer to be harvested. So again I will take the legal advantage anyway I can to out smart an older buck.

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I've also read where animals

I've also read where animals like coyotes can pick out blue very easily due to the structure of the cones in their eyes. Due to this when coyote hunting and calling them to me I'd avoid wearing it for the most part. Same with elk if I was calling them into me close close like a bowhunter I'd go full camo. But, I don't think it's super critical if it's just jeans especially if there old and faded. I've seen pro old time coyote hunters wear camo from the waist up and jeans below and call in and kill coyotes and as others have said tons of hunters each year kill deer and elk wearing jeans. If you are crouching and your bottom half is obscured it's not that big a deal. Being scented will always kill you 100 times faster. If rifle hunting for biggame I'd have no qualms about wearing a pair of jeans. If your are hiding and sneeking and peeking in the shadows it's hard to see you no matter what you are wearing. It's sunlight that will turn you on like a light bulb.  Just like spotting animals deer, coyotes, elk. If their in the open with sunshing on them their easy to see, but if their in low light or shadows much harder to see.

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One thing to keep in mind

One thing to keep in mind when you are washing your hunting clothing is not to use a detergent that has added ingredents to brighten them up.  The detergent adds phyosporus (sp) type ingredents and it will show up quite well under a black light or in the eyes of a animal it will stand out.  We use Bold Detergent to write on our windows during halloween and then put a black light on it.  It is really interesting on what shows up under the light that you can't see normally. 

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I think Critter's on the

I think Critter's on the right track - it's the brittening agents in the clothing that stand out.  That and big blocks of one color (doesn't matter what color) and movement.  I'm convinced that like most fishing lures, camo is designed as much to attract a paying customer as it is to hide a hunter from animal eyes.  That being said, I'm eyeing a new desert sage pattern that'll let me crawl into bed with a big old mulie. I mean it can't hurt, can it?

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