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New Material for hunting deer

I am a business student performing market research for a professor of ophthalmology who developed a material that is invisible to deer. Through scientific research, he determined that deer cannot see a certain shade of blue. In keeping with requirement that hunter wear a material that is 85% blaze orange, he mixed the orange with a lower wavelength to produce a material that is invisible to deer up to approximately 20 feet. Science has proven that this is successful. This material can be made into any type of garment.

The question is, would a material invisible to deer help hunters using either rifles or bow and arrow? Is successful deer hunting more based on sight, smell, or sound? How much of an advantage is it to be invisible to deer? Would you, as hunters, be interested in buying something like this? Should this cover the full body or is a vest enough?

If there is a strong interest, this material can be on the market as soon as early next year.

Thank you for your help.

Jeff

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Good luck with your research!

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Frankly, I would be a bit skeptical about anything that claimed to be "invisible" to deer. Harder for them to see... yeah, I could believe that. But truly invisible? I'd need some convincing.

Having said that I will tell you that when it comes to deer hunting the least of your worries is having the deer see you. Smell is first, sound is second, sight is a distant third. For that reason, while I would certainly consider buying clothing that was very difficult for the deer to see, I wouldn't be willing to spend an awful lot on it. Maybe $40-$50 on a pair of pants, and definitely no more than that for a shirt. I might go as high as $80-$100 for a jacket, but that would be pushing it.

Of course, throughout most of North America--certainly, at least, on public land--during the rifle deer season hunters are required to wear blaze orange vests and/or hats. If you could come up with a blaze orange that would pass muster with the various wildlife departments, but still be "invisible" to deer that would be a good thing that you could probably sell a lot of.

Good luck!

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I'm not sure what you mean by invisible to deer.
Unless it allows the deer to see completely through you. There will still be a visible solid mass of something moving over the terrain and whatever it is. At 20 feet, is going to have a scent.

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To elaborate on the invisiblity point.
From the deer's perspective, the blaze orange that hunter's wear appears bright yellow to a deer. By mixing in a violet color with the orange, in a way which is completely within legal guidelines, the blaze orange becomes colorless and, from the deer's perspective, the hunter nearly disappears into the forest background. It still appears to be blaze orange to human eyes. The difference is that deer, dichromatic, and humans, trichromatic, have extremely different vision. This is easier to demonstrate rather than verbalise but I can assure you that this is successful.

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i think many hunters will buy any thing that will give them an edge while hunting and being invisible realy helps. Just look how well companies like real tree are doing. If you can make something better i thin many people would be interested. As far as scent goes there are alot of products on the ,arket to help with that. I would recomend getting a contract with scent lock which is a company who specializes inscen containment. All you need to do is advetise and prove that deer realy cant see that color. Im expecting a 10% salry of whatever profit you make Big smile ust joking good luck Thumbs up

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In MO during rifle season we MUST wear hunter orange, but for bow season you dont. I see alot more deer when I'm not in my orange.
So if what your saying is that you have an orange color that is as good as camo then you sold me.

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