What Color Flashlight is Best for Feral Hog Hunting?
It’s night in the woods – hog hunting season. How long have you been in ground position, waiting for the familiar sound of a twig snapping under a sow’s hoof? How long have you lying, belly-down in the dirt, waiting for a hog to slink up to the feeder, 200 hundred yards away? How long have you been waiting to take aim, to make the perfect shot?
As any good hunter knows, hunting is more than showing up in the woods with a rifle, more than making a lucky shot. It’s a waiting game, and when the moment comes to take aim you need more than luck to make a kill. And in total darkness, and you better have come prepared.
Tactical flashlights are one of the most useful tools a hunter can carry with them when hunting at night. Used to sweep the area when identifying the location of the animal, as well as for ensuring precise aim when making a shot, a good tactical flashlight can mean the difference between leaving a hunt empty-handed and coming home with dinner. At HOGMAN-OUTDOORS, one of the most common questions we’re asked is regarding which flashlight color is best for hunting hogs at night. While the answer sometimes depends on the situation, we recommended using green lights for hunting hogs. Here’s why:
Brightness. Tactical flashlights fitted with green lights provide a good balance of intensity and brightness. The right brightness is key when hunting at night – if the light is too bright, you risk spooking the animal; if the light isn’t bright enough, you risk being unable to properly identify the animal. Green light strikes this balance: it’s slightly brighter than red light, making it good for identifying an animal from a long distance, but is less intense than white light, meaning it won’t spook the animal.
Frequency. Another factor that is important when choosing the right hunting light is what frequency it emits. Where the light’s frequency falls on the electromagnetic spectrum will determine how easy it is for hunters to see the light, and how easy is it for the animal to do the same. The idea is to find a light that is easily viewed by humans, but is not as noticeable for the animal you’re targeting. The human eye is more receptive to green light than red light, so tactical flashlights fitted with green bulbs allow hunters to see further and better. Green lights also allow for better contrast at night, making them ideal for hunting darkly colored animals, such as feral hogs. Additionally, due to the hog’s visual spectrum, green lights are less noticeable than white or red lights.
The HOGMAN-OUTDOORS Game Alert® Rifle Kit includes a green LED flashlight and a universal scope mount. The flashlight’s LED light ensures maximum target illumination, making it ideal for accurate aim in any environment. Complete target illumination allows you to aim quickly and shoot without hesitation, increasing likelihood of success.