hunting binoculars

Discussion in 'misc hunting and range related' started by Grumpy, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    if your going to be hunting elk out west in the canyon country, having a decent set of 8x-10x compact binoculars is almost mandatory simply,
    because you'll need to look over far more area than anyone could possibly cover walking on foot.
    the normal procedure is too look over the topo maps and game department game population and kill statistics, for the areas you might choose to hunt in and look over the potential road access, licences etc, maybe talk to the local game warden and biologist.
    once you physically get into the area,
    you'll want to scout through too locate the areas access, camp sites, game trails and sign of game, looking for the game, and finding several higher areas with a good view of surrounding terrain helps you get a good feel for choke points,
    road access,your and the games access too water and feed and bedding areas.
    many guys buy cheap and low quality binoculars,
    this is a huge mistake, as you'll spend hours a day glassing simply because you gain far more info doing that,carefully glassing the area section by section,and be aware that even in heavy timber they help a great deal too allow you to clearly make out parts of an elk through the timber.
    while slowly moving through any area than you can without them.
    with a careful stop look and listen, glass all surrounding areas, for 360 degrees several times , then move carefully to the next vantage point procedure, you can cover a good deal of terrain over a days time, with binoculars that you could not cover nearly as well without them.
    Elk are not stupid, they don,t stand out in the open during day light in fields during hunting season like the pictures youve seen taken in parks like yellowstone

    Don,t get heavy / bulky binoculars you'll very quickly find you'll leave them in the truck or camp, and you certainly will want to get decent high quality optics so you can see clearly. 8x-10x with 40mm-50mm lenses, is about ideal.
    Ive used a set of Steiner 10x50 mm for decades, they work great but they are too bulky and heavy to be ideal, and yes they cost too much, they were purchased for over $500 in the mid 1970s, obviously not the latest model but similar too these more modern versions
    if your familiar with hunting elk in canyon country you'll be familiar with the steep terrain and heavy timber and oak brush, conifer and aspen, that covers much of the areas, move slowly, glass carefully and have an accurate dependable rifle that can reach out to at least 250 yards and effectively drop an elk and youll be well equiped


    btw a decent hat with a wide brim like an aussie hat and a padded neck strap for use with the binos is almost mandatory in my opinion

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2018
  2. Mike Cena

    Mike Cena New Member

  3. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    thank you, always glad to see related info,

    Ive always been rather amazed at the number of hunters I see that don,t carry ,
    a decent quality binocular

    my first set was a stiener 10x50 similar to these, they worked great but were bulky, heavy and a P.I.T.A. to carry[​IMG]

    I swapped a few years back to a set of nikons and thats been a minor improvement, the optics are not quite as precise but adequate and far above average
    , that are high quality enough that you can pick out small detail clearly at a hundred yards yet small and light enough that they are not left in camp as a P.I.T.A. and extra weight,
    and don,t wear a hat without a brim that shades their eyes.
    both pieces of equipment noticeably increase your ability to spot game.
    Last edited: May 3, 2018
  4. dawsonc

    dawsonc Member

    I have a Leupold Wind River. This binocular is very clear and rubber coated.

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