Mountain Blacktail in CA: Binocular Question

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Old Ornery, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. Old Ornery

    Old Ornery Member

    Jul 6, 2016
    I have been hunting for numerous years in CA and AZ for deer and elk. I have a question pertaining to what size type of binoculars you would use for more open areas (without a large amount of thick scrubs like manzanita) for spot and stalk. There is generally lots of grade to haul up gear. Generally I have hunted in Big Bear and Trinity.

    Does anyone use the larger binoculars (50 or 56 mm) for this type of hunting? I generally use my 8 x 42's, but sometimes I hear activity on a facing hillside just after sunset, and I can rarely pick anything out.
  2. Labaherd

    Labaherd Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    I started with 8x 42’s but now I carry 10x42’s. And my 8x are my back ups
  3. Cstop

    Cstop Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    I agree with Labaherd. I use 10x42's exclusively now. I was able to locate this buck with my 10x42's at 505 yards. The view is through my Vortex Razor spotter at 60x.

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