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red or green light for coyotes?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Tex4426, Mar 1, 2012.


red or green for cototes

Poll closed Mar 31, 2012.
  1. red

  2. green

  1. Tex4426

    Tex4426 Well-Known Member

    Wanting to here from ppl with experience
  2. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    I have no idea what you are talking about.
  3. Tex4426

    Tex4426 Well-Known Member

    Night hunting for coyotes..what color spotlight
  4. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    Thanks...we can't hunt at night here so I had no idea what you were talking about.
  5. Tex4426

    Tex4426 Well-Known Member

    I figured that when I seen your post...its crazy..they will let us hunt at night or day for coyotes with high power rifles ..but not deer...gotta love Indiana
  6. springfield30-06

    springfield30-06 Well-Known Member

    I like red... but I have to admit that I've never tried a green light.
  7. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    I've used a red shade on my Q-Beam. Seems to be better than the white. Never tried green...

    The main deal is to not shine directly on Wily's face. Pick up his eyes in the very edge of the light.
  8. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    I use green because I have trouble with red light. My eyes take a huge amount of time processing it. Most animals I have taken using it seem to react very little, if at all, to it. Like Art said, try your best not to shine it directly in the animals eyes and you should have no problems with either color.
  9. Tex4426

    Tex4426 Well-Known Member

    Bsa laser designator or kill lights gun mounted 250 yard light
  10. Loic

    Loic Well-Known Member

    I like red light but it is much harder to see (at least with mine) as the light doesnt go that far out
  11. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    For night time calling, I usually stand in the bed of my pickup. I use a 300,000 candlepower Q-Beam. I just do a flick and sweep thing after a bit of calling. If I see eyes, I turn it off and call some more. I then switch to a two- or three-cell flashlight, again just doing a quick sweep.

    All I'm really looking for, in this beginning, is moving eyes. Once a critter comes in close, I'll do a better ID. A rabbit call can bring in feral cats and dogs, bobcats and coyotes. (One buddy even had a cougar come to his call.) But I try never to shine a light directly into a critter's face.
  12. a-sheepdog

    a-sheepdog Well-Known Member

    I have only used red on hogs and it worked well, never had the opportunity to try green. I haven't hunted coyotes at night.
  13. Tex4426

    Tex4426 Well-Known Member

    well it looks like the best thing to do is order a light with both lenses and see what i like best...thanks for the help..i was thinking about doing that anyways..im new to coyote hunting so any input on anything is nice
  14. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    That would probably be the best idea. There are a lot of folks like me that have trouble processing certain colors of light and they may not even be aware of it until this exact situation. In real world regular duties, I have absolutely no problem but at night, or dusk-pre dawn, my eyes are slow to recognize red light. On a computer I can see it just fine but it takes a little longer for me to process it. When out at night, it takes approximately 2 to 3 seconds for me to be able to see anything lit up with a red light.
  15. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Well-Known Member

    The retina has cells called rods and cones. The cones are for color vision and only work well in bright light which is why in a dark place you can't tell very well what color things are. You see black/white/gray with rods and they're what you have night vision with. Coyotes see pretty much in black/white/gray because their retinas are made for seeing at night with rods.

    The above is the reason pilots use colored lights (usually red) for night flying because they don't interfere with night vision but other colors are as good in this regards.

    In summary, for coyote hunting, red or green light should work just fine.
  16. BigN

    BigN Well-Known Member

    I don't hunt at night much because it just hasn't been as productive as daytime hunting but when I do, I find that with a red light you can see further but with the green, you can see more details closer up. I'm thinking it probably depends on the color your particular eyes pick up better. Does that help any? If I could only use one, I'd use the green.
  17. Patriot1/3

    Patriot1/3 member

    Green is tamer but,it's your choice. I use IF.

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