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Discussion: Hunters

in: Swampfox; Swampfox > 2016-10-26

Oct 27, 2016 1:32 PM # 
jjcote:
I'm planning to spend some time in the woods this weekend, but Saturday is opening day of deer season. Normally I steer clear on that day, but in this case it's muzzleloader season. I'm figuring those guys are probably more judicious about pulling the trigger than some of the rifle guys (as the bowhunters are), and some orange clothing should be an adequate precaution.
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Oct 27, 2016 2:38 PM # 
Swampfox:
I concur that you will be safe. The muzzleloading crowd are an altogether different group, and, as you note, they have to be pretty careful about what they shoot at to have a hope of bringing it down.
Oct 27, 2016 3:33 PM # 
bubo:
Maybe the hunters/submorons and their likes have switched to hunting PokemonGo instead? Has the PokemonGo season ended yet since it was really busy in the summer?
Oct 27, 2016 4:55 PM # 
Swampfox:
My impression is the frenzy with PokemonGO has waned considerably around here. But I'm not the best person to ask and it could be the players are even more furtive than they were before.
Oct 28, 2016 7:36 AM # 
o-maps:
Wearing orange is good. (Although I've long thought they picked the wrong color; the autumn woods, at least in New England, are filled with orange. Bright electric blue would be my suggestion; other than the occasional aster, you don't see anything like that out in the woods except in association with a human being.)

And I like to alert the complacent hunter by more than one sense. Orange takes care of the sight, but I haven't figured out yet how to send signals via touch, taste, or smell. So I bombard his (not to be sexist, but...) hearing with human noises. Singing "100 bottles of beer on the wall" is a favorite. One hunting season I memorized the Gettysburg Address by adding a sentence each day and loudly repeating the address up to that point over and over.
Oct 28, 2016 5:49 PM # 
jjcote:
Wow, you must come from the land of drunks. We always only ever did 99 bottles. :-)

No harm in wearing both orange and blue. Other than the risk of being mistaken for a CSU member.
Oct 29, 2016 11:55 AM # 
Charlie:
I assume that the 100 bottle version would soon converge, and would, like the more standard version, lose its interest value somewhere around 96.
Oct 29, 2016 12:43 PM # 
Rosstopher:
This CSU member finds the risk of orange and blue to be quite acceptable. Further, I would plot the inherent interest over number achieved in the song of "99 bottles of beer" to take a deep plunge at around 96 as Charlie says... but then, if one suffers through the next 90 verses of so, the last few stanzas get quite exciting. There was one hike where we got to about negative 10 or 11 before the adults in our party finally put the kibosh on our experiment in listening endurance.
Oct 29, 2016 1:10 PM # 
jjcote:
I'm trying to think if I've ever had more than two beers in a day, and it might have happened once, but of course it would be easier if they were being passed around. I was curious, so I did a little poking around, and I found this, though I was disappointed to not find it in uncondensed form.
Oct 30, 2016 2:15 PM # 
kadley:
Bright blue may be good to warn hunters, but will spook any deer. Their eye receptors are particularly sensitive to blue as opposed to orange. Blue clothing will stand out to them like day-glo and chase them away.
Oct 30, 2016 4:47 PM # 
Swampfox:
That's ironic. Blue repels the deer but attracts the fucking deer flies (FDFs.) Hopefully there are intense efforts underway to identify the color that will best achieve the opposite effect.
Oct 30, 2016 10:50 PM # 
jjcote:
I'm not interested in having placid deer around me during hunting season, so maybe CSU livery is just the thing. In reading up on kadley's point above, I found something that suggested that hunters should not wash their camo clothing in popular detergents, because that will make them more visible in the UV range, which deer can see.

(As it turned out, my forest forays this weekend were a) in the dark Saturday night, and b) in Massachusetts on Sunday, so I was not in any hunting zones.)

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