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Who chooses to hunt with only binocs - no spotting scope?

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Unread 05-12-2009, 07:46 PM
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Re: Who chooses to hunt with only binocs - no spotting scope?

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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.

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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.

Now, 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.
(DANG 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
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Re: Who chooses to hunt with only binocs - no spotting scope?

Let me confirm, I ONLY use the rifle scope on something that is confirmed to be an animal with the binocs. I never use it as a primary spotting tool. I do use the scope to confirm animal size once I am sure of what I am looking at using binocs.
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Re: Who chooses to hunt with only binocs - no spotting scope?

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I just received a pair of the new Vortex Kaibab model 15x56 binoculars that I am evaluating for Vortex Optics. Wow, great quality. More on this unit later.

Anyway, it got me to thinking about trying to go lighter this fall when hunting out west. Usually I carry 10x42 binocs plus 12-40 spotting scope plus tripod.

The 15x56 binocs may be enough...leave the other stuff in the car.

Anyone else do something like this?
Yes. I carry my 15 x 58 Minox binos with me when I'm elk hunting and find that I use them more than my 10x42s or my spotting scope. However, I consider them a tripod mount optic. I find that they're fantastic for being able to glass right into the brush on the far side of canyons for hours where my 10s just don't give me enough magnification and my spotter makes my eyes go buggy after 20 or 30 minutes. I do find that more often than not, I'll spot something that requires further investigation and if I don't have my spotter, I either have to get closer or wait for a long time to ensure that what I'm seeing isn't worth watching. I often find myself carrying my 10x42s around my neck with my 15x58s AND my spotter in my pack. It's very heavy but when I do find a place to sit and glass it's a great combination.

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Re: Who chooses to hunt with only binocs - no spotting scope?

It completely depends on the terrain and which rifle I'm using. If it's wide open terrain and I'm using the 338AM, bino's alone just won't cut it. I use my Kowa ED with 20-60xED eyepiece along with my 10x40 Zeiss Bino's. If it's less open and I'm using my 7RM etc. Then I'll just use my Bino's.

Last season, I carried the Swaro LRF, Zeiss 10x40, Kowa spotting scope, tripod, PDA with Exbal, 18lb 338 Allen Mag, lunch, water etc. Good thing we were staying within 4 miles of the ATV and only at 10,000ft altitude ! I only carried it all for around 30 miles during the Elk hunt!

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Re: Who chooses to hunt with only binocs - no spotting scope?

Most of my hunting is with 10X binos only. The spotter will stay in the vehicle. The area typically dictates if you need a spotter though. If I'm in the hills, binos only. But if I will be in wide open spaces and can see quite a bit of distance, the spotter MAY come along. Generally though, 10X gives me enough info as to whether I want to get closer for a better peek. I don't mind the hike.
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Re: Who chooses to hunt with only binocs - no spotting scope?

I use a pair of carl zeiss jenna 7x40 EDF's as a primary optic, do not carry a spotter.
Here over 60% of the shooter bucks you spot are lost somewhere between the binocs, the rangefinder and the rifle. couldn't imagine adding another step in the process.
My objective is get them in the riflescope as soon after locating them as possible, because more than likely your gonna get 1 chance to attempt the shot, if your on the spotter you won't be ready.
A deer at 700-900 yards on the heavily timbered ridges can disapear much quicker than you think, I know this! so find a decnt racked buck with the bino's, make your decision as to whether you want him as your watching the wind and waiting for the shot window, at the first operatunity for a good safe shot........send it!
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Re: Who chooses to hunt with only binocs - no spotting scope?

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I use a pair of carl zeiss jenna 7x40 EDF's as a primary optic, do not carry a spotter.
Here over 60% of the shooter bucks you spot are lost somewhere between the binocs, the rangefinder and the rifle. couldn't imagine adding another step in the process.
My objective is get them in the riflescope as soon after locating them as possible, because more than likely your gonna get 1 chance to attempt the shot, if your on the spotter you won't be ready.
A deer at 700-900 yards on the heavily timbered ridges can disapear much quicker than you think, I know this! so find a decnt racked buck with the bino's, make your decision as to whether you want him as your watching the wind and waiting for the shot window, at the first operatunity for a good safe shot........send it!
RR

Ridge Runner has it right in my opinion if you are hunting bucks or bulls and just want a good head. I use a pair of 7X35 Leitz binos and have never had any trouble judging an animal even at distance as to whether he was good enough to take.

On the other hand if you want a 350 bull and you are looking at what appears to be a 320 bull a good spotting scope is a must.

I packed a spotting scope in the backpack for years and finally concluded the extra weight was not worth packing. Now it stays with the horse or on the quad.
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