March 31, 2021
Our eyes are our main weapon in hunting. Good eyesight helps us to see an antelope standing in the shade or a bobcat lurking in the grass. But often hunting conditions, long-distance, bad weather do not allow us to see the target well. In this case, binoculars come to the aid. Although there are quite a few different accessories for good viewing on the market, experienced hunters rely on binoculars. Let's find out How to Choose the Best Binoculars for Hunting and what criteria they must meet.
What are the characteristics to choose binoculars?
The first point to pay attention to is reliability and endurance. Binoculars can have many advantages: small weight, ergonomic body, and so on. But above all, it must be designed for harsh use conditions. This means that when hitting a stone or falling from a height, its internal part will not be damaged. Yes, there will likely be scratches and dents on the body, but the main thing is that the lenses and the internal light transmission system stayed intact.
Also, when choosing binoculars, you need to look at other important criteria. But they depend on how you will hunt – at a great distance in an open field or hiding in the crown of a tree waiting until a deer or elk come closer.
Short-Range Hunting is also sometimes called treestand hunting. Many hunters believe that good binoculars are not needed at all for such a hunt. Although binoculars could become a useful tool. With binoculars, you can take a closer look at the bushes in front of your location or a line of young trees. Perhaps you will notice a deer horn or a fox's ear. Often it happens animals lurk from a hunter and are waiting for the right moment to run past him.
Besides, binoculars will help you to find a wounded or downed animal faster. After the shot, you do not need to spend a lot of time looking for the target, simply look through binoculars and immediately determine the place where it is.
Some hunters do not take binoculars on treestand hunting, arguing that it is inconvenient to hold it in their hands for a long time. But there are several life hacks for this case. If you are hiding in tree branches, place your binoculars right on them. If you are standing near a tree, lay your hand with binoculars on the lowest branch if possible. If it is not possible, lean yourself against a tree to steady your body for a more stable hold on the binoculars.Also you can try to use a tripod.
Long-Range Viewing is possible only in the field or mountains, where you can choose a point for maximum viewing of a large area. Usually, binoculars for such hunting are bought with high magnification. But for binoculars to be useful, you need to keep them very steady and don’t shake. If you can hold the binoculars in your hands without trembling, you are lucky. But in most cases, hunters take a tripod with them. Due to this simple device, you get two benefits – the image will be steady and you will be able to observe the territory comfortably sitting on a chair.
Features for hunting binoculars
The first feature that you should pay attention to is the size of the exit pupil. The exit pupil is the point of light that you see on the eyepiece. This is a kind of window through which you will see the image. A successful hunt depends largely on the size of this point.
To find out the diameter of the exit pupil, you do not need to look through the characteristics of the binoculars. Simply divide the diameter of the lens by their magnification. The gotten number is the diameter of the exit pupil. For example, your binoculars have 8x magnification and 32 mm lens diameter. Its exit pupil diameter is 4 mm (32: 8). For characteristics 6x-36 mm the exit pupil will be 6 mm (36: 6).
All binoculars with exit pupils up to 4 mm darken the image and reduce the field of view. Also, in such models, the point of light has a smaller diameter than the pupil of our eye. The best diameter for hunting binoculars exit pupil is from 4 mm and more.
Exit pupil is just the one criterion by which you should choose binoculars for hunting. There are several other moments to look out for when buying.
What size should binocular lenses be for hunting?
The first thing you should know is that large lenses can gather a lot of light. Due to this, the image will be bright and clear. But binoculars with large lenses are very heavy and not always suitable for long-term observation. Another plus of large lenses is that they have a much larger field of view than models with small lenses.
The diameter of the lenses is indicated on the body of the binoculars in millimeters. The best option for all types of hunting is considered to be a 40 mm lens diameter. They capture a lot of light, have a good field of view and brightness.
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