Using a Hunting Light With a Filter Lens

Using a Hunting Light With a Filter Lens

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Who would have thought a filter lens would be needed on a hunting light? However, without one, wildlife and game animals are harder to see. The hunting light lenses come in different colors for different purposes. Green lenses filter out foliage and colors of haze. Red lenses keep you invisible to animals, and blue lenses help track blood. These lenses are found on binoculars, headlamps, flashlights and Genesis lights. If you are going hunting, or just camping in the wilderness, learn how to use a hunting light with a filtered lens.

Items you will need

  • Flashlight Binoculars Headlamp Hallogen Genesis Red lens Green lens Blue lens Orange lens

Shine a wide-beam light from a headlamp or a hallogen around camp at night or along a dark trail. The lights shine bright for optimum distance or even up close. The bright white light is best around camp. A flicker switch is found on most hunting lights which quickly changes the white light to a filtered lens.

Change the hunting light lens according to the appropriate circumstances. Red preserves night vision. Green will help you better see animals. Blue is for tracking blood.

Use anyone of the three colored lenses--red, blue or green--for use with night vision discs for blocking the glare when reading maps. Bright white lights are sometimes too strong. Adding a filter lens decreases the strength of the light and will actually help you see some things better.

Move the pivoting filter lens over the bright light to change the color. The lenses are attached at the light source, usually right above the original lens.

Use an orange light filter when viewing long distances at night when it's harder to see. Orange filter lenses actually increase visibility in haze, fog, storms and sand storms.

Place a red filter lens on your light if you are predator hunting. Use the red light to track down a wild animal, such as a coyote or bobcat. Once you are ready for the kill, quickly change the filter back to the bright light to illuminate your target.


  • It is illegal to intentionally shine or cast the rays of a spotlight, headlight, or other artificial light in an obvious attempt or deliberate intent to locate deer by the use of such light. Night vision scopes are illegal in some areas.


  • Some lights come with triggers which one pulls to change the color of the light beam.
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