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    Default Deer Spotting Spotlight

    I am looking for a spotlight that I can use to spot deer and other animals. I am trying to find a good light that has a really good focus for about $100 dollars or less. I have tried a HID light but that color of light makes it hard to see the deer. It would be great to find an awesome spottin light!!

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    Default Re: Deer Spotting Spotlight

    How far away are the deer usually?

    Maybe a Maglite aspherical mod with a neutral white LED could work for you?

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    Where I live that is called 'jack lighting' and you stand to lose your firearm, vehicle, hunting privileges, and a substantial amount of cash; even if you're not hunting it is illegal to harass wildlife at night with a spot light.

    Welcome to CPF and I hope you grow to find it is a good source of information for other pursuits requiring flashlights.

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    Default Re: Deer Spotting Spotlight

    If you don't mind the bulk one of the 15,000,000 candle power search lights from one of the outdoor online venders will work. If you want something smaller that can be used other than a truck light you'll have to spend more money.
    Billy

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    Default Re: Deer Spotting Spotlight

    Quote Originally Posted by savumaki View Post
    Where I live that is called 'jack lighting' and you stand to lose your firearm, vehicle, hunting privileges, and a substantial amount of cash; even if you're not hunting it is illegal to harass wildlife at night with a spot light.

    Welcome to CPF and I hope you grow to find it is a good source of information for other pursuits requiring flashlights.
    Its legal in some states.

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    Default Re: Deer Spotting Spotlight

    savumaki, the OP never once mentioned firearms or even hunting. I don't know of a single state where simply locating deer at night with a spotlight is illegal. Even during hunting season it's not illegal unless you have a weapon in the vehicle with you. Also, there are some places where it's not illegal to hunt deer with a spotlight and varmint hunting by spotlight is very popular in many places, though I concede the OP wasn't talking about varmints.

    Jasper, my recommendation is to go back to your HID and upgrade your bulb to a 4200K color temperature. Most stock Asian spotlight bulbs are 6000-6500K which causes the blueish color that you object to. I don't blame you, since I don't like high color temperatures either. Nothing is better at spotlighting animals than HID. The overall lumen output and throw just can't be beat. I gave up on my Halogen hunting spots about 3-4 years ago and I'll never go back.

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    Default Re: Deer Spotting Spotlight

    Whoa guys----no offense was intended although my reply seems to imply that hunting was the goal so lets clear the air;
    WERE it hunting, it is illegal here. It is also illegal to harass game (with a light),here. --- Here BTW is in ON, I can't speak for other provinces.

    I recognize that there are jurisdictions where night hunting is quite legal but alas we are not allowed that privilege.

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    Default Re: Deer Spotting Spotlight

    Quote Originally Posted by savumaki View Post
    Whoa guys----no offense was intended although my reply seems to imply that hunting was the goal

    Not the slightest bit taken. I was simply communicating my thoughts that you may have been reading into things a little bit. Since your response only included your testimony and not a suggestion I took it to mean that you were indicating that he shouldn't proceed with the idea. Sorry if I misunderstood the intentions of your post.

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    I am looking for a spotlight that I can use to spot deer and other animals.
    Last edited by Patriot; 11-12-2009 at 04:50 PM.

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    Default Re: Deer Spotting Spotlight

    I just use a Brinkman 500k CP it also has a LED which is handy for navigating around. They have a new one out that is 2M CP I believe. The runtime isn't the greatest though but it's a very handy size. Wal-mart sells them for 20 or 30 bucks.
    I use it on my own property which is not illegal but in VA it is illegal to "Cast a light attached to a vehicle or from a vehicle beyond a roadway upon places used by deer without written permission of the landowner or at anytime while in the possession of a rifle, shotgun, pistol, archery tackle, or speargun." You can probably check your state's dept of game and inland fisheries (or whatever it is named where you live) to make sure you are within the law.
    Last edited by oronocova; 11-12-2009 at 06:09 PM.

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    I am not an expert on spotlighting deer, but I have found that sometimes when varmint hunting, less is more....so to speak. A faint floody light will sometimes allow you to pick up faint reflections from eyes better than a bright spot that tends to wash out everything, and adversely affect your night vision. Perhaps you could try locating the deer with a low intensity light, then use a brighter spot for actual viewing if you wish.

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    Default Re: Deer Spotting Spotlight

    i always spot LOTS of deer (eye reflections),
    during my nightly walks in the woods.


    While almost any flashlight will work,
    the best results (for me, anyway), are with my Olight M20 Warrior R2.


    That's my best " throwing " flashlight.

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    It's illegal in KY!

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