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    Lights for night hunting

    Anybody ever use a flash light attacthed to their rifles for night hunting? I have a surefire mounted on my Lar-8 with a red film on the lens that I wanted to try. I put to layers of film on it so its not super bright. Will a pig be spooked by this?

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    Senior Member Double Naught Spy's Avatar
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    Yes, you can spook a pig with red light. As a buddy of mine explained and I have tested on a limited basis, you can hunt pigs with just about any light, but some colors seem to bother them less than others, but all will bother them and can scare them if they are too bright too fast. In other words, lighting up your pigs directly with a red light most definitely can scare them off. White and green lights (green is based on what I have read) seem to be the worst. Blue is supposed to be pretty annoying to them as well, but blue seemed worst than red for me in just spotting animals and so I gave up on it when testing it with deer.

    What seems to work for many folks is to light up the light with is pointed in another direction and then slowly moving it over the hogs. When I tested this out in west Texas, bringing the red light over them in this manner produced much less result then just lighting them up directly. Lighting them up with white light directly was not good. Moving white light over the hogs bothered them, but not all ran off.

    Less intensity bothered them less than more intensity. So if you are at a distance where you don't need X-hundred lumens, go with less power if you can. Maybe that means adding a layer or two of red to your lens?

    If you watch videos on You Tube, you will see folks using red, green, and white lights and with success. Not all hogs react in the same manner all the time. Contrary to belief, however, is that while hogs may not see red as red, they do see some sort of light, especially if they can see your flashlight (sideways to you or facing you). My guess is that they see it as a sort of grey light, maybe something like moonlight is to us. That is based on what a colorblind buddy of mine says about seeing the light from my red LED flashlight.

    So it definitely can work. Don't light up the pigs directly. Turn on the light and slowly bring it over them. I don't know what setup you are using and what range, but if you can shim your mount and have your light aim a tad too high so that the intense center of the beam isn't directly on them, you may be able to light them up sufficiently with the surrounding "splash" and spook them even less.

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    Its not super bright. Im going to try and add a layer of film on it to get it as dim as possible. I also have heard of easing the light towards the pigs so it wont spook them. Thanks for the info. i will post results when I get a chance to try it

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    Excellent advice Double Naught and thanks for sharing your experience!
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    Thanks for the info

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