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Old 03-26-2001, 04:30 PM
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This may be old hat to you "Mossy Backs", but maybe the new hunter can learn something! Sooner or later it's going to happen! A pulled shot, an arrow juat a little far back, or whatever...And you have a blood trail to work and to make it worse it's sundown! This is when the dog people start getting calls..most calls could have been avoided if the hunters would stash a black light in their trucks. In the fishing section of most "good" catalogs you will find a two bulb black/flo "D" batt fishing light about 10" long. They are used to see mono lines at night, etc. What most people don't know is that blood, human or animal, glows under black light! In the Southeast Fall we have leaves of red, yellow, brown, etc on the ground. Blood, only minutes dropped, is extremely hard to see. Most new hunters just give up and say they missed...when their game may be down only a hundred yards away! With a black light things really light up...drops on the ground, on the bushes as the game brushed by, and even in the mud. The nice thing about the two bulbs is you can switch back and forth, using the flo bulb to walk out, etc.
We all keep one the the trucks and in the boats!
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Old 03-26-2001, 04:49 PM
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An interesting note on the same line. The Border Patrol and DEA use blue lens caps on their flashlights to "blood trail" in case of a night shooting. I'm told this works just like a black light. Hardly a fun twist to the topic, but a blue lens in your pack that fits your flashlight may come in handy for the hunter of game, not men.
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Old 03-27-2001, 05:21 AM
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Another trick we mossybacks use in the north when the fall leaves are on the ground is a little spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide. That blood will bubble. It can be quite exaspirating discerning blood spots in six inches of maple and oakleaves. Cheap too. I like that blacklight idea for those late bow kills.The eyes are playing tricks on you at dusk till night vision settles in. I posted the peroxide idea on a busy forum during deer season and those guys went nuts over it. Somebody markets a &#365 bottle of product that supposedly works by foaming and blacklight. It appears we have the formula covered. I had no idea blood reflected blacklight. These hunters were looking for stores that had it and I said to use peroxide. and look for the foam. Peroxide works on wet leaves, too.
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Old 04-17-2001, 06:11 PM
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Hey I'd love to see that black lite or blue lens work!  Fascinating.  

I have used the peroxide spray. &nbsp;It works like a charm. &nbsp;Even a very small spot of blood will foam plenty to give away its otherwise lackluster appearance. &nbsp;I was going to add it to this thread, but Ruger beat me to it. &nbsp;<!--emo&:)--><img src="" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'><!--endemo-->

Thanks guys, another gadget to put in my pack! &nbsp;

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Old 04-22-2001, 10:55 AM
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Thanks,James.I have never heard about using black or blue lights.I have used hydrogen peroxide a few times.
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Old 12-29-2007, 04:34 AM
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I see a problem with peroxide! If the deer goes far you need a 10 gallon backpack sprayer.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:03 PM
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surefire sells blue lens covers for their lights
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