Vortex Kaibab Binoculars And Outdoorsmans Tripod Review
The Outdoorsmans tripod was the perfect mate to the Jim White head. I have about $30,000 in pro level photography equipment including several tripods that each cost around $600 with heads that cost around $400. Years ago I learned to match the quality of the support system to the camera/lens system in order to maximize sharpness in my images. When I attach a $9,000 lens to a $5,000 camera I know I need a tripod/head combo costing around $1,000 in order to get the full potential out of the camera/lens combo.
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It is equally true of the tripod and head used in spotting game. The Outdoorsmans tripod comes in 3 extended lengths. I chose the medium one since I never stand to spot and wanted a light one that I could also use to get me close to the ground. I also removed a few inches from the center column to enable me to use it while prone. That works really slick. I set the Vortex binoculars on the tripod just off to my rifle’s left and I’m able to alternate between the rifle scope and the binocs without changing my position. For a solo long range hunter, that enables me to be spotting off a tripod up until just seconds before my shot.
On one of my western hunts last fall I shot an antelope doe at 625 yards with my 243AI rifle. I was within sight of dozens of antelope and I had snuck up on the top of a ridge and set up prone for the shot. After my shot I watched the doe run off a hundred yards and then topple over. Enjoying the early morning sun on the side of my face, I just lay there for about 30 minutes watching the rest of the antelope herd almost immediately get back to normal activity. I was watching this activity through my “spotting” binoculars without having given away my position -- and in perfect comfort. The higher powered binoculars also give one eye comfort that isn’t matched by squinting with one eye through a scope.
Another of my solo hunts was in Wyoming where I walked in 3 miles the first day loaded down with spotting scope and binoculars -- as well as the other stuff you need. Eventually I was set up on a beautiful ridge where I could see for miles. I had only a doe tag on this late season hunt but saw several small bucks that morning. My main mission was actually to scout for a possible return to hunt bucks next year. While there I used both the binoculars and my spotting scope. As I approached my car later that day I already knew that I would only take the Vortex Kaibab binoculars back for the next morning’s hunt. Around 10 AM the next day I took a doe mulie at just over 500 yards. As I carried the boned meat up over the ridges back to the car I was very glad I had no scope to carry! And the 15X56 binocs were all I needed to evaluate several larger bucks -- and to decide to come back next fall, buck tag in hand.
Len Backus is the owner of www.LongRangeHunting.com. He has been a long range hunter for over 10 years and is as likely to bag his game with a camera as with a rifle or a specialty handgun.
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