Originally Posted by Southpaw
J E CUSTOM
I agree with you on using your/my scope as a spotter. I tought hard about how I worded my post, saying only to do it after seeing something I like through the bino's. I have been shot at 3 times in my years of hunting. All 3 times I was in fairly open terrain and wearing Blaze Orange. Thankfully they were all near misses. This in large part is why I haven't hunted in my home state of California in about 25 years. I would never use my scope as my primary optics, nor will I hunt with anyone who does!!!!!!!!!!!!
Only about 25% of my hunting is done from a stand, I agree with you that when hunting from a stand weight is not an object. I always have my options in the truck. Last year I bought a carbon fiber tripod with a quick change head so I can have my good camera and my spotter with me, I also made a rest for my tripod. I can switch from one to another in about 5 seconds.
Safety First, Always
I can tell you did allot of thinking on your wording
And I believe you did a fine job
A lot of variables to be considered about what to carry
so I am having a very hard time making a reply to the topic.
When I am going to be in a ground blind or tree stand for Archery
I only carry my inexpensive Nikon 10X25's
For ALL of my other hunting I have my Swaro 10X42's.
If I am packing in some ways it depends on the terrain
and which gun I will be carrying.
I may only take my Swaro 15X56 if I don't expect to glass
over a mile or so since I can get a good feel it it is worth
checking out at a closer distance.
If I need to cover a larger area the Swaro spotter is in the pack.
We will not even go into tripods and doubler's in this forum.
back to where I think Len was headed with this topic
We do allot of team work hunting in AZ meaning MORE than one
person spending allot of time behind GOOD glass.
If I am not the shooter and do not have to pack the rifle
I am fully stocked with all my optic since we never know.
So yes I hunt only with my optics and enjoy it.
I was hunting,,
and my hunting may have harvested an animal.
?Would I only hunt with optics and not a gun?
Not right now but as my body ages I may be limited to that.
THE EYES ALSO ARE FADING)
Anyway, if I can not pound the hills I pray I can help another hunter
to harvest the trophy of his dreams