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Polarizing the Deer Woods

Polarizing the Deer Woods

By Online Editor Tim H. Martin

As a longtime fisherman, I've discovered that a piece of my standard fishing equipment is very useful in certain hunting situations.

Several years ago, while guiding my son on a deer hunt, we had difficulty seeing into the brushy woods due to the harsh afternoon sun. The glare was illuminating sticks and small leaves around our stand to the point we couldn't have seen a 10-pointer if had it been 50 yards in front of us.

Then I realized I still had my polarized sunglasses strapped around my neck, the ones I use for fishing and driving. They'd always helped me see deep-swimming fish, so why wouldn't they help me see deeper into the woods?

As soon as I put them on, I was amazed at how much farther into the woods I could see! The sunglasses enabled my eyes to cut through the bright brush much like cutting through the surface glare of water.

I immediately began to pick up movement from birds and squirrels further out in the woods. Later, I spotted a buck 120 yards away that my son never saw. Without my sunglasses, I wouldn't have seen it either. Although we didn't get a shot at it, at least we now knew that shooter-buck was in the area.

Since that day, I've made polarized glasses a standard part of my hunting gear. So if you own a pair of fishing sunglasses, by all means, put them to use in the deer woods.

Yellow-tinted lenses, the type wingshooters use, are even better. They really brighten your surroundings in low light. Bear in mind, non-polarized sunglasses do you no good. They must be polarized to cut glare.

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