Does Brass Scare Game?

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  1. JCooperfan1911

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    I’m thinking of getting a Henry 20 gauge single shot shotgun for squirrel hunting and it has a brass frame:

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    It’s super pretty and classy, but will the shiny brass spook the squirrels/rabbits/animals I plan to hunt? Is it a bad idea to use this for hunting? Thanks!
     
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  2. tws3b2

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    Squirrels/rabbits Probably not. Deer Turkey maybe.
     
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    I can’t see it happening. Of all the game I’ve run down in plain clothes it was squirrels and rabbits.
     
  4. jmorris

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    Don’t show them the side, you’ll never hit them with the muzzle in that position.

    The big two legged thing carrying the shiny brass stick thing, is likely to cause more alarm.
     
  5. Riomouse911

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    That looks nice :thumbup:.

    Turkeys are super spooky and probably would flee when seeing the glint of brass, but I agree that rabbits and squirrels are more likely to run from your steps than the flash from a gun finish.

    Stay safe.
     
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  6. Bazoo

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    I say it’s fine. If you were decked in camo they might not recognize you at first and be intrigued by a shiny object and come to investigate.

    I had a squirrel come to investigate me while deer hunting. I don’t hunt that spot a lot and this squirrel probably hasn’t ever been spooked. He came to about 10’ of me and just looked me over. He had a hickory nut in his mouth. I was wearing orange and had my normal clothes on under the vest. He didnt seem to pay any attention to my firearm.
     
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  7. buck460XVR

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    The brass receiver is no more shiny than the blued barrel or the gloss finish on the stock.
     
  8. NMachine

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    Or the glint from a stainless barrel/receiver and giant 50+ mm objective lens on all the new super duper long range “sniper” rigs folks are lugging around these days.
     
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  9. FL-NC

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    I'm not a squirrel hunter but it seems to me they don't pay much attention to anything.
     
  10. .308 Norma

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    Plain clothed squirrels and rabbits???:D
     
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    They were off duty
     
  12. Bazoo

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    If you hunted them you’ll know they are keen adversaries if they’ve ever been hunted.
     
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  13. Barbaroja

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    You said it. Folks do not give squirrels the respect they deserve. With both how stealthy they can be and how tough of an animal they actually are in respect to how thick their hide is. You can rip a cottontail in half with your bare hands. Try that on a squirrel!
     
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    As long as it’s not moving it’ll be ok, if it starts moving it’ll be seen no matter if it’s matte camo or high polished gold….in my experience.
     
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    Light reflecting off any shiny surface can alert game to you. Brass or SS are no worse than polished blue steel and shiny wood
     
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  16. JCooperfan1911

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    How big an issue do you think it’ll be?
     
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    I don’t think it’ll be an issue at all for squirrel.
     
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  18. Bfh_auto

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    I agree. They are as smart as an old buck if you hunt them hard.
    Time of day. Weather patterns etc play a huge part also.
    I would rather have an old single shot with the blueing worn off. Than I would something shiny. But at the end of the day it's more on how still you can set. Or how observant you are if you move when you hunt them.
    A good dog distracts them from the shiny parts.
     
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  19. jmorris

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    I can get them to go to any location on my property using either pecans or an Osage orange (horse apple) and I can bring them out of the woods, or at least to the edge with the squeaker in one of these.

    https://www.primos.com/hunting-calls/specialty-calls-1/squirrel-buster/PO-373.html
     
  20. Speedo66

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    If you think the shiny bits will scare game, you can always wrap them with an easily removable camo tape.
     
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  21. JCooperfan1911

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    Great idea. I’ve got a roll of ACU Camo wrap in my junk drawer. Easy on and off.
     
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  22. Howland937

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    Squirrels are pretty smart, really. They know when you're deer hunting and a couple may come right in the stand with you. Go home and get a .22 and come back an hour later, you won't see the first one.
     
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    Why didn't I think of that ? Back in the 1990's I recall the camo gun tape that was marketed to turkey hunters. It was supposed to be easily removable and not harm any finishes or wood. Don't know if it's still available but if it is, it would be perfect for making brass, bluing, or other shiny surfaces non-reflective. Late 1990's I was planning on getting some for my turkey shotgun but instead found a 12 ga. Mossberg 500 with screw in chokes and a factory applied camo finish. Guy I worked with was selling most of his guns and moving out of state. He made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Anyone know if that tape is still available?
     
  24. Speedo66

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    It was easily removable, with no harm to finishes. I used to use it duck hunting on LI and the Hudson River.

    It’s available on Amazon, and several other places.
     
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  25. H&Hhunter

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    Brass receiver in the woods spooking game? I’d give it between a zero and a zero on the game spook chart. Simply not a problem, completely inconsequential.
     
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