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Jr. shot and hit (we think) a nice doe (his first deerExcellent) just before dark on Saturday, but we searched for an hour, but could not find her. Sad A buddy told me to get a blue filtered Surefire flashlight.  Wondering what the best light is for tracking a blood trail before I sink serious $$ into one?  Gracias.
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the best light I know of for tracking a blood trail is daylight. not trying to sound like a smart alleck, but tracking in the dark is a very dangerous endeavor and just not worth the risks involved.
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Ive tried the primos and gerber blood tracking lights and dont think much of them. I have a rechargagle streamlight stinger that has both car charger and house charger and is quite bright and I highly recommend that. Also for the first time this year I bought one of the small LED lights that runs on three AAA and attaches to your head with an elastic band. I find it quite handy especially for cleaning skinning and butchering the deer as you can have your hands free and still have light.  Take that combination and you will be well prepared.  Also if you carry a role of colored flagging tape and mark the last blood spot then search to find more it gives you a point of refrence to come back to and indicates a path or general direction. They will do strange things like double back occasionally but you can count on them getting thirsty as they loose blood and heading toward water if there is any near. They will also head for their bedding ground so often thick brush.  Dont forget to look at the standing grass where their blood side rubs against the grass or leaves.  Deer that are badly wounded will often go a short distance and lay down and often will bleed out if you wait an hour or two.  If you chase them sooner you may have to chase them to the next county.
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The brightest possible white light producing the highest lumen output you can find.  
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Light in the range of 380-495 nanometers is the "best" to pick up blood in the dark.  If you add an orange in 590-620 nanometers, it will cause the blood to "pop out" black.   Ultraviolet light is also a good "detector".  
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Cyclops Thor X Colossus  when it's handy is great for night searching. A Surefire 6P, a Streamlight Scorpion or Pelican MityLite are always in my pocket, though. They work fine too.
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Cyclops Thor X Colossus  when it's handy is great for night searching. A Surefire 6P, a Streamlight Scorpion or Pelican MityLite are always in my pocket, though. They work fine too.
I had a Cyclops Colossus, but it just died while I was deployed. Haven't replaced it yet.  The white lights, especially in 15+M candle power, are great for following a blood trail.  The blood wavelength specific lights are great for finding a trail in the dark/low light, or getting back on track if you lose the trail.  They can reduce search time significantly.  They are generally not nearly as bulky as the "mega-lights". 
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Cyclops Thor X Colossus  when it's handy is great for night searching. A Surefire 6P, a Streamlight Scorpion or Pelican MityLite are always in my pocket, though. They work fine too.
I had a Cyclops Colossus, but it just died while I was deployed. Haven't replaced it yet.  The white lights, especially in 15+M candle power, are great for following a blood trail.  The blood wavelength specific lights are great for finding a trail in the dark/low light, or getting back on track if you lose the trail.  They can reduce search time significantly.  They are generally not nearly as bulky as the "mega-lights". 
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Please elaborate, I am color blind and always interested in some form of help. I have a Nebo with white, green and what looks to me almost lavendar. The white is super bright and if the blood is above average heavy It does ok for me. The green makes blood look black to me and if I ever get use to it may be my best choice. The "lavendar" also makes blood look black but doesn't offer enough light for tracking.
Please educate me/us about blood wavelength and what colors or lights are specific to it.
 
In yote territory tracking at night is a must, if you hope to find enough deer to take home.
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Blue light at 380-495 nanometers is the best for making making blood show up in low light/dark conditions.  Ultraviolet and the lower end blues make blood stand out almost like a neon sign.  Orange at the above mentioned 590 - 630 nanometers will turn the blood look to black and make it "stand out" almost like a black rope.  Blue makes it pop out, orange and the lower red band makes it "stand up".   White light is bright and good for tracking in the dark, but it does not really make blood "show up".  White light, like the Colossus, is best when you know it is there and are following the trail  Best scenario is to have lights that are in blue, green, orange and red and allow you to alternate and combine two of the colors, alternating.  This produces some interesting effects.  However if the colors are combined all at once, you just end up with white light, which is good for following the trail once found, not necessarily for finding it.  
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Blue light at 380-495 nanometers is the best for making making blood show up in low light/dark conditions.  Ultraviolet and the lower end blues make blood stand out almost like a neon sign.  Orange at the above mentioned 590 - 630 nanometers will turn the blood look to black and make it "stand out" almost like a black rope.  Blue makes it pop out, orange and the lower red band makes it "stand up".   White light is bright and good for tracking in the dark, but it does not really make blood "show up".  White light, like the Colossus, is best when you know it is there and are following the trail  Best scenario is to have lights that are in blue, green, orange and red and allow you to alternate and combine two of the colors, alternating.  This produces some interesting effects.  However if the colors are combined all at once, you just end up with white light, which is good for following the trail once found, not necessarily for finding it.  

which i believe is why a coleman gas latern works so well.
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