Hunting 101: How to Choose and Use Your Binoculars

Posted: April 28, 2017 in "How To" Guides

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When we talk about hunting, the trip will never be complete without binoculars. Going on a hunting trip without binoculars is like going to war unarmed. It is one of the most basic hunting equipment, especially if you are going on an open country hunt.

Modern binoculars can make life easier for hunters, especially if you know how to use it the right way. With binoculars becoming more and more powerful, however, using them becomes more and more complicated as well.

High-powered binoculars, the ones with magnifications greater than eight times, are great open country hunting companions. A 10×42 binoculars, for example, can magnify images ten times larger compared to what we see with an unaided eye. Always remember that the higher the magnification of your binoculars is, the need for a steady hand also increases. In other words, magnification and steadiness are directly proportional to each other. To serve the ultimate purpose of high-powered binoculars, you need to have an ultimate control of it.

High-powered binoculars also come with another bonus—weight. The more powerful your binoculars are, the heavier it gets. It is because of the increase in the diameter of the objective lens as its magnification increases.

Now, let’s put your binoculars to good use. Pack a lot of patience and let’s move.

Before going out, you have to equip yourself with the most suitable binoculars for that trip. You have to consider two things: weight and magnification. Carrying your binoculars, especially for long hauls, will eventually take its toll if you are not moving it correctly. To give you extra support in bringing your binocs with you, look for the best carrying strap you can find. There are times carrying straps that come in the box are not that useful to you. A good carrying strap can make your trip a worthy one. For comfort, adjust your straps that your chin does not go in the way when you lift your binoculars to your eyes.

In reality, nothing could test your patience more than an elusive deer. When in an open country, a deer is the master of its territory. It can smell you from hundreds of yards away. Because of this, spotting one becomes even more challenging. Find an ideal location first. Then, with the help of your binoculars, glass a small area at once making sure to monitor all the movements and irregular patterns in the terrain. Take time in scanning your area. Training your eye to spot your target will take up to a minute or so. The steadier your hand in holding your binoculars against your eyes, the higher your chance of spotting your target. If you can’t find anything interesting in that area, continue glassing the horizon using the same pattern until you can find your target.

A deer, no matter how elusive it is, has a lot of characteristics that give out its position. It is best to look for antlers, ear movements, flashes coming from the eyes, and even the slightest movement of its tail. Also, your best chance of spotting a deer with your binoculars is by aiming them not in the open but on the tree lines. Most wise, old deer can inhabits this area. They never lounge out in the open for long.

To have the most advantage, pick out a location where you can use the natural lighting to your advantage. Choose a position where the sun is behind you. This way you can be protected from its glare. A sun’s glare can limit your visibility a lot. A limited visibility makes your brain ignore the tell-tale signs of your target because it distorts how your brain perceives the things your eyes are seeing.

After a good day’s hunting trip, considering all the bumping and crawling you have done, checking on the lenses of your binoculars is worth doing. Clean them before you tuck them away for your next hunting trip. There is no logic in investing a lot of money to it if you don’t know how to take care of it, anyway.


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