Originally Posted by Guy M
What do you use/recommend for a lightweight spotting scope for a backpacking/hiking hunter?
I was a little frustrated at a half mile yesterday when I couldn't tell if this young buck was legal or not. Has to have three tines on one side to be legal. For optics I had my 8x Swaro rangefinder and the 6x scope on my rifle.
I stalked to 175 yards, and waited for an hour and a half for him to wake up and pull his head out of the brush where he was napping. Then saw that he was clearly a legal buck and put one through his shoulders.
Would have liked to have known when I saw him bedded down, but looking around and I was a half mile away.
Which scope/binos would you suggest - keeping in mind that I do a LOT of hiking as well as some backpack hunting and would like to keep the weight down...
I like to have both binoculars and a spotting scope for these reasons;
8x40 binoculars have a good field of view and can be used for hours with out discomfort
and are great for covering large areas. also they don't weigh a lot.
Then if I am set up and stationary I use the spotter to take a closer look, I like the spotting
scope to be a compact variable model with around 14x40 power and a 50 to 60mm objective
lens for light gathering abilities at max power. I use the lower power to find the game after
spotting it with the binos and zoom up to get a really good look.
I never use the rifle scope as a spotter even though it would work because I don't like
pointing a loaded rifle at anything until I am sure what it is and I am ready to make the shot.
This combination works well for me and staring through a spotting scope all day is very tiring
to these old eyes and I want to save them for the shot.
If you look for a spotter that is compact and light weight with power from 10x to 14x on the
low end and 20x to 40x on the high end with large objective lens (50 to 60mm) you can find
Lot's of brands that will work.
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