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Vortex Kaibab Binoculars And Outdoorsmans Tripod Review

Vortex Kaibab Binoculars And Outdoorsmans Tripod Review

By Len Backus

Best lightweight spotting equipment setup for mobile long range hunting?

When I am hunting from a truck and walking only a few hundred yards to a mile or so, itís easy to take along everything but the kitchen sink. This means an 80mm spotting scope, a set of binoculars, a mid-weight tripod and plenty of other stuff. But when I go off for the whole day with a pack large and sturdy enough to carry back my heavy rifle and the meat from a deer or antelope, I always struggle over which gear to leave behind.

Vortex Kaibab Binoculars And Outdoorsmans Tripod Review

For quite a while Iíve wondered about my idea of using just one multi-purpose optic on the foot-mobile long range hunt instead of both binoculars and spotting scope. So for this entire past fall hunting season I used a Vortex Kaibab 15X56mm binocular on an Outdoorsmans Tripod with a Jim White Head.

For the pure trophy hunter, the 15 power binocular may not be enough. I found it very adequate for my own antler judging out to well over a mile. Though I have harvested a 150 class whitetail and some 170 plus class mule deer, I find it hard to combine trophy hunting with long range hunting. My largest mule deer were both shot at less than 400 yards, hardly long range for many of us.

For the past several years I have been forming the opinion that it is hard to combine both the challenging, rewarding long range distance shot setup with the perfect choice of a certain trophy-sized deer, antelope or elk. The two just donít come together in one opportunity very often. I know Shawn and Kirby have shot some nice trophies at long range but even they will say that combining the two goals is just plain difficult.

So I am concluding that on foot-mobile long range hunt sessions I donít need an optic that enables me to accurately score a potential trophy at 2.5 miles. Enter the concept of the 15X56mm premium quality binocular for mobile long range hunting, especially for solo hunts where there is no partner to share the meat hauling.
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Publisher's Note:
I like the Outdoorsmans Tripod so much I am now selling it in the LRH GearShop HERE

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