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    I'm always amazed at how far away blaze orange can be seen. I'm also always amazed at how the late season birds start busting out of the far corner, before we can even set foot in the field, and we are always doing are best to be sneaky.

    I'm heading out to Winner, SD on Friday, with all new camo hunting gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matto View Post
    I also believe they can see blaze orange.

    Furthermore, one the recent outdoor rags claimed that their feet are particularly sensitive to vibration. So now we have to worry about being seen, heard (because we know they hear pretty well too), and FELT. It's amazing we're able to kill a few.
    Oh great, so now I have to buy soft-soled boots & tip-toe through the cover to avoid being FELT?!?! What next?!

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    I brought this up last year, and got scolded for being an unsafe hunter. As with most questions, though, whether to wear blaze or not depends on various factors.

    Where I hunt in Colorado, the cover is normally shorter than waist-high, and often only 18" -24" tall. In this type of cover, I guarantee you that birds see blaze very easily. Have proven it to multiple non-believers over the years. They get no shots, I get plenty. But, I digress (or is it me saying "I told you so!"?). In stubble and short grass, if someone is wearing blaze, and someone calls to, or whistles at, their dog, the birds are alerted, and look up. "I see you", and they run off, with us not knowing they were there. If you are silent, sans dog, you can get on top of birds before they flush.

    I hunt without a dog most of my hunts, and we get 2 or 3 apiece most days (I hunt with a max of 4 hunters in the field). With dogs, the grass has to be deeper for us to see as many birds as I see (silently) without a dog.

    I wear a vest with orange in the back, since they can't see around corners. This way, I can be seen from the side by my hunting partners (not that they can't see me in thigh-high grass), even if they are not really paying attention. I hunted for years with no blaze, with no problems. I encourage anyone who wants to go hunting with me to not wear orange on their front. It makes a huge difference in short cover.

    In tall cover (chest-high or taller), I doubt that blaze hurts your success, since the birds are deep in the grass. But, if they fly, they will see your blaze and flare away, no question. If I go to SD to hunt, ever, I will have removable blaze for my head and front, so I can wear as-needed. But for the cover I hunt in Colorado, no blaze on the front for me.

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    Logical - Iíd love to hear more about hunting in Colorado, I live in Golden. Iíve only pheasant hunted in Colorado a few times. Iím heading to South Dakota in about 2 hours.

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    A5 Sweet 16, "now I have to buy soft-soled boots & tip-toe ", that is a conundrum! If you walk lightly in early-season, the snakes can't feel you coming, so they will be startled and strike you. So, you gotta ask yourself "Do I want to see birds, or not get bitten by a snake?"

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    To answer the OP question- Yes. Why are birds so vibrantly colored if it can't be seen.
    Am I going to hunt pheasant in camo? Not on a bet.
    I know I've saved myself miles of walking because I could see an orange hat off in the distance.
    It just is what it is.

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    Clisdad, not to be argumentative, but how many miles extra may you have walked because the pheasant saw your orange hat from afar, and left?

    If the cover is less than waist-high, you will see other hunters across the section pretty easily. If the cover is deeper than that, the birds will have a harder time seeing orange, so then the orange doesn't alert nearly as many birds, and success is much less affected. I put on an orange hat for one plot of tall weeds that I have in my area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Logical View Post
    A5 Sweet 16, "now I have to buy soft-soled boots & tip-toe ", that is a conundrum! If you walk lightly in early-season, the snakes can't feel you coming, so they will be startled and strike you. So, you gotta ask yourself "Do I want to see birds, or not get bitten by a snake?"
    Excellent point!! Depends what kind of snake. No venomous ones around here, so I should be OK if I get bitten. (Not to mention we're getting snow flurries today, so that should send most snakes into hiding.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calisdad View Post
    To answer the OP question- Yes. Why are birds so vibrantly colored if it can't be seen.
    Am I going to hunt pheasant in camo? Not on a bet.
    I know I've saved myself miles of walking because I could see an orange hat off in the distance.
    It just is what it is.
    I'm right there with you.

    I don't know if the birds can see blaze orange (I think they can, why all the males are colored up), but I do know my hunting party can see blaze orange. I keep a good track of my hunting party as to where everybody is as we make a push through a field. I also know I've caught them out of the corner of my eye being where I didn't think it was possible for them to get in a given time period. I'll stick to orange, and maybe less birds I guess.

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    Well... I just entered the Golden Triangle, and Iím about to find out if wearing camo over blaze orange gets me better results. My damn dog is near blaze orange, but she is low enough to the ground that I donít think the birds will see her.

    Iíve been hunting with the same guys for a few decades. We always have a plan before walking a field and Iím not concerned about one of them not seeing me, and accidentally shooting me.

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