Deer Sensitive to Ultraviolet Brighteners

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By:Bruce Ryan
By:Bruce Ryan

Newly Published article Confirms Deer sensitivity to Ultraviolet Brighteners Deer See UV Brighteners in Camouflage as Blue Glow

Deer have finally spoken! In a recently published study, Dr. Bradley Cohen and a team of researchers from the University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry, trained deer to indicate sensitivity to light by choosing where to go for food. They have confirmed that Deer do indeed see Ultraviolet powered brighteners far superior to Humans, but are unable to see colors such as red and orange as well as humans, “unless’ these colors contain UV brighteners.

This article also went on to suggest that some predator pelts exhibit low near UV reflectance, that would enhance the ability of the whitetail deer to detect these predators during periods of low light, when deer activity is at its peak. It also suggested that wildlife observers and sportsman should be aware of differences between human and deer visual perception, and that camouflage clothing worn by hunters and wildlife observers should “Not” be washed with laundry detergents containing brightening agents. These agents are seen by deer as a bright glowing blue against an otherwise darker background.

This how humans see this hunter.
This how humans see this hunter.
This is how deer see this same hunter wearing clothing washed in laundry detergent with brighteners.
This is how deer see this same hunter wearing clothing washed in laundry detergent with brighteners.

Atsko Inc. has been educating hunters and sportsmen on this science for over 20 years, and has developed products to solve the problem of brighteners in clothing, and the “blue glow they cause. These products include a Glow Test Kit that allows the hunter to test new or worn clothing for brighteners, U-V-Killer that can permanently eliminate the blue glow by covering the brighteners so UV energy cannot reach them, and Sport-Wash detergent to eliminate odor without adding U-V Brighteners.

U-V-Killer Sport-Wash
U-V-Killer Sport-Wash
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For more information on this subject and to learn more about Atsko’s superior line of products, visit us on the web at:www.atsko.com Information taken from “Behavioral measure of the light-adapted visual sensitivity of white-tailed deer” link: OnLine Library 1. Bradley S. Cohen1,*, 2. David A. Osborn1, 3. George R. Gallagher2, 4. Robert J. Warren1and 5. Karl V. Miller1

2 Responses to "Deer Sensitive to Ultraviolet Brighteners"

  1. VI BC Trevor Inscho   2014/08/21 at 7:27 pm

    Makes me wonder about the fetches on the arrows ! Dad taught me this part years back, plain old borax should do the trick.

  2. Gary Elliott   2014/08/22 at 11:08 am

    Good article and Atsko has articles on their website and testing that have back this up for sometime now. It is a great product as well. Because camo clothing has began to come form China it is common for their fabrics to contain UV brightners to enhance color of the fabric. So, now we need to wash those brightners out they do not fit into the scheme of things in the woods.