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If waterfowl hunting is as much a part of your life as breathing, sleeping and eating, you care about the quality of your goose call and likely own more than one. It’s easy to understand why: Luring birds can be tricky business and hunters need all the help they can get to return from hunting trip overloaded with water game. We’d like to help you choose a goose call that works so well, you bring back geese rather than stories about the ones that got away.
When you’re out in a blind with time to pass, show fellow hunters that you’re more than a good sportsman by sharing some history about calls. The first designs were hand-made, rudimentary woodwind instruments that emitted waterfowl calls, but with time came innovation, like the ability to adjust volume and tone. After all, every bird has a unique “voice.” How far back to bird callers go? The answer could surprise you: they were commonplace in the Far East as early as 1678.
The first patent was awarded to a dude named Elam Fisher in 1870, despite the fact that another sportsman named Fred Allen beat him to the punch and invented his design 20 years earlier. Fisher’s biggest contribution to the hunting community are Tongue Pincher Duck Calls, but sadly, these required many refinements before they came into common use because the metal embellishments froze to hunter’s lips. So much for that idea!
Whether it was just more convenient to give his product the name duck caller or people were so happy to be able to purchase Tongue Pinchers, nobody complained that there was no comparable product on the market for the goose crowd, that all changed when David Fuller applied for a goose call patent in 1885.
It didn’t take Einstein to come up with the clever change necessary to attract geese over ducks: A single screw was removed from the barrel of duck callers, and voila! Calling all geese. From 1900 to 1910, the number of new calls on the market exploded. Manufacturers and crafters experimented with rubber, altered shapes and developed sophisticated groove and cork locking systems.
When plastic came onto the scene, hunters realized that this material delivered louder calls that carried further than calls made of wood, so despite complaints about the price of some acrylic models, each found its place in the scheme of things. Many hunters develop a preference for one or the other based on performance and experience.
Acrylic calls are ideal for large, open areas, while wood performs better in a swamp or forest. Wood remains a nostalgic favorite and offers more variety than does plastic. Cedar, cherry, oak, persimmon and other exotic woods are used to make calls produced by crafters, hunters and sporting goods companies alike. Some are affordable. Others? Not so much. Variety? It doesn’t get any better!
We don’t have to tell you that shopping is a subjective activity, right? You have your own standards, expectations, needs and budget, so there is no “one size fits all” in this product area. Culling opinions from goose hunters who do more than hunt occasionally, we’ve unearthed a group of picks, one of which may be perfect for you. But if you happen to crave more than one, we want you to know that we get it!
You may wish to sit down before ordering the Cadillac of Goose Calls for two reasons: the price tag is steep and because this product is hand-crafted, getting your hands on one can be hard since they sell out fast, despite the cost. But what attracts hunters to this call consistently (despite the price) is quality of performance waterfowl hunters experience when they invest in this Sean Mann design. Innovative technology stands behind this call’s success. Don’t expect a traditional “flute-style” call; instead, you enjoy a variety of pitches that range from “snappy highs” to “throaty lows.”
This luxury goose caller is fashioned of exotic Bocote wood and comes in various colors. If you’ve had occasion to research opinions on goose calls, the name Eastern Shoreman Canada by Sean Mann will look familiar because this product is consistently rated at or near the top of preference lists for all the right reasons: durability, material, performance and the most important element of all: the success sporting folks enjoy when they compare this goose call to all others. Ready to take out your checkbook? You won’t mind it once you see how amazing this call happens to be.
Does the brand name look familiar? It should. Field Proven Calls has been around for 16 years. The company belongs to Field Hudnall and his designs have won international competitions, placing in the top 5 for 76 of 84 different contests. As host for Ducks Unlimited Television, he’s been around the block—make that blind—and demands perfection. You may find it too by making the Adrenaline your favorite goose caller.
While not inexpensive, the Adrenaline is fabricated of ivory-colored acrylic material so it has a smooth, polished appearance and feel. Lightweight and nearly impossible to break, this product has one feature you won’t find in the Eastern Shoreman: The Mark 2 Semi-worn gut system that delivers some of the most realistic goose calls on the planet. Designed for a variety of conditions that include field and water hunting, high wind days and times when you need optimal performance (including contest calling), this call wasn’t given the name Adrenalin on a whim.
The fun name alone is sure to call out to you when you shop but it’s the affordable price that is likely to get you to take out the plastic. The Goozilla is part of the company’s Quackhead line of products that is immodestly touted as the only caller you need to bring “monster geese into shotgun range.” In fact, this product makes the perfect call for hunters just getting into the sport because it performs nicely and does so on a shoestring.
This medium-range call satisfies newbies who have yet to master the art of volume control but it also delights hunters who have trained themselves to moderate their breathing and can therefore maximize the impact of a single breath. Crafted of polymers known for temperature and weather tolerance, this clear call broadcasts best in the early morning hours when it’s quiet and just growing light. Keep it in your pocket, backpack or follow the advice of seasoned geese hunters and stick it into a shotgun shell holder so it’s always handy.
Get style, brand excellence and low price in one popular caller package when you add the 866 Honky Tonk to your hunting gear. The Bushnell library is well-known to those who seek high-quality engineering and design that performs in the worst weather. As a matter of fact, when temperatures drop, even if things get frigid and you find yourself asking, “What the Hooded Duck am I doing crouched in the woods?” this call will keep performing while answering that question.
This sleek black caller is a short reed model that delivers a variety of tones, yet you won’t hyperventilate to sound them. Reliable and easy to disassemble for cleaning, the patented design will call out to you if style is important, but it’s your ability to transition from low moans to high honks that will delight you the most when you’re out in the blind. The brand is reliable. The cleaning is a breeze. And you don’t have to empty your bank account to purchase this handy call either.
If just the mention of Canada attracts you to a goose call brand, Buck Gardner is likely already on your radar. The name of this call pays tribute to flyways along which geese migrate from Canada during hunting season. Brand fans like this goose call because it promises to “hammer away at geese all day long,” while not taking up much room in your pocket or vest. Nor does it weigh much if you wear your call around your neck. Known as one of the best goose calls for the price, you can perform calls, clucks and hails effortlessly from the get-go.
Fitted with a hand-shaved reed, devotees take pride in the fact that this is one of the rare hand-carved products on today’s market, so if this is your criteria, having an inexpensive price tag might just seal the deal for you. A weather-resistant brass strip wraps around the unit like a cigar band. It’s extra touches like this one that will make fellow duck hunters suspect that you spent more bucks on this call than you’re willing to admit.
If you love the idea of owning an Eastern Shoreman Canada by Sean Mann but you’d have to move out of your house after informing your wife about the amount of your purchase, split the difference and invest in a Flambeau Max 4 Long Honker Goose Flute. Once upon a time, flutes were the only goose calls on the market so if you love tradition, this may be your new best friend in the field. Capable of emitting long, deep, bellowing calls plus honks, moans and murmurs, the Max 4 broadcasts across fields, marsh, lakes and other terrain.
Made from a polycarbonate, the Max 4 Goose Flute may look like the brand’s original walnut model, but long after wood shows its age, this plastic call will keep going. Due to the length of this call, you can’t always tuck it into your pocket, but you can stuff it into a backpack or wear it on a cord around your neck. For price, weight and performance, don’t be surprised if you charm geese right out of the skies with this mellow-toned goose caller.
Hunters around the world can certainly agree that one of the most important factors to consider when you’re out on the prowl, or setting up for a good weekend of hunt, is your equipment. Hardware of all sorts is important to consider and pay attention to when you are thinking about your needs, and how to cater to the specific requirements that may arise from the length of your hunt, the environmental conditions, your prey, and the other equipment you decide to bring. The most important aspect of this, of course, is your firearm – and how you protect and maintain it. However, in making that decision, there is a MULTITUDE of options that can seem more than a bit daunting, so here’s the best guide we can on cases for transporting, and caring for, your best friend – the hunting shotgun.
Obviously, if you’re going to buy a case, you’re going to need to buy one that meets your needs. If it doesn’t fit what you want or need it for, then what’s the point of buying it? There is none!
So, what do we consider when buying a case?
If you said yes to any of the prior, you may be better off buying a hard-sided gun case for your shotgun. These cases are typically heavier and bulkier, but are also top-of-the-line in protection, as well as firearm security. If, however, you either said no to all of the prior, or it is just more to your taste, then you can always find great soft-sided cases for your hunting shotgun! Owners of soft-sided cases often note the vast advantages they have in weight, bulk (or rather, lack thereof), and stowability. They can even be used as a rest for bench-shooting
Further, when buying a case, you should consider just how many guns you plan on transporting. Are you only transporting a single shotgun? Or maybe you’re also planning on bringing a rifle, as well – or a couple of handguns? Depending on your needs, you may opt for a multi-compartment double-case.
Now, this is very much a case-by-case basis. What do YOU want to spend on your gun case? Honestly speaking, there are acceptable soft cases as cheap as under thirty dollars, and acceptable hardcases under eighty. However, there’s also either that can be upwards of hundreds of dollars.
Every good hunter should know that the most elusive prey is, truly, a good deal.
But this doesn’t extend to cases – rather, a good case can, and honestly should, be at most about two hundred and fifty dollars maximum in this writer’s experience. Anything more than that and you’re probably paying more for something like a brand or some nonsense luxury rather than paying for more attention for your shotgun. That isn’t to say there aren’t great cases above that pay-grade that are worth their salt – there are, plenty even! But they reach a point where it’s not particularly necessary anymore. You could do just as well without spending the cost of your gun in a case!
This is sort of a sub-consideration of point #1, but if you don’t have proper gun storage, it is HIGHLY recommended you DO NOT get a soft case. Soft cases are NOT made for long-term storage in any way, and do not provide the controlled and protective environment best for your guns. While a safe is optimal, it is not always available, and with the fact that locking a gun away is the most safe and responsible (as well as, depending on local legislature, potentially legally requisite) way to store your firearm, you’ll want something hard and securable.
So. What are some good choices to buy?
Well. Consider all of the previous, and take a look at the following entries. All of the listed cases will be available on Amazon.com, and listed in no particular order.
This case comes with foam that can be custom-cut to fit your firearms, is large enough to carry potentially two different firearms (including varying rifles or shotguns!) and is rugged as it gets. With four different clasps that can all be locked, this case can help you ensure your right to fly your guns wherever you wish to hunt, as well as keep them right and safe as you go! With the addition of wheels on the side, you can grab one-handle and roll it to cut your carryweight in half, and all in all the case is a good pick for those looking for a hard-sided solution to their transportation needs. Click here to learn more about this bombproof case!
This soft-side case is a hell of a gun bag, with any features a hunter may need from a soft-side! With space for two long guns AND handguns, pockets for whatever you may need to bring, and a shooting mat that holds up pretty well, this is a good all-in-one transport bag if you’re looking to get a good amount of gear to your spot of choice all-in-one – especially if it’s a more local spot that would make a soft case optimal. The bag fits up to 40″ shotguns durably and comfortably! Find out more about it by going here.
For the thriftier hunter, this incredibly inexpensive case covers the basic necessities of soft-sided transportation a lot of the extra price. While a bit short on the bells and whistles a more expensive case would typically offer, if you just want to load up your shotgun and get it where it needs to go, and do it without busting the bank (or your husband or wife’s patience regarding finances!) this will do the job EXCEEDINGLY well. You can buy it at this link.
Now, there’s no accounting for taste. From hunter to hunter to hunter, one to the next, you’ll always find someone who doesn’t agree with something another said. What the first can think is the de facto way to store and transport a shotgun, the second may think is a bit incorrect, and the third may think is blatantly wrong. There’s just no telling. But equipped with the right knowledge that you need to figure out what makes sense for YOU, be it a hard case, a soft case, one with a lot of pockets and features and custom foam cutouts, or one that is little more than a strong, sturdy bag. These suggestions and listed ideas are just the beginning, and it may take some research, but the right case for you, and your shotgun, is out there waiting for you – So get out there and find it, already!
Rangefinders use laser technology to bounce a beam off of a target. The device then measures the amount of time it takes for the laser to bounce off of the target and return to the point of origin. The target range is then displayed, usually on an LCD screen, within 1 second or less.
Modern rangefinders are so accurate, compact and cheap that there is no reason a hunter should be without one. Whether you prefer hunting with a bow or rifle, rangefinders can be an invaluable tool. They can help you quickly survey your surroundings when hunting in a new area.
Rangefinders take out the guesswork. This not only aids you in hitting the target, but helps make sure you get a good, clean shot. The last thing a hunter should want is to end up tracking a wounded animal. A good rangefinder can eliminate unnecessary suffering of your prey. They also help you avoid getting too close to the target and accidentally alerting the prey to your presence.
A good rangefinder makes judging the distances on steep terrain a breeze. Some of the best rangefinders offer features that compensate for steep angles. When aiming from a decline or incline, it can be much more difficult to correctly judge the distance. Once you adjust your sights to match the rangefinder, you will never need to miss a shot again. This can be even more helpful for bow hunters when you need to ascertain the correct angle to fire that arrow from. You’ll be happy to lose a lot less of those arrows too. A good rangefinder will even help you to avoid accidentally hitting obstacles such as a tree branch instead of that prize buck.
The more you use a rangefinder, the better your natural ability to judge distances will become. This is an often overlooked benefit of using a rangefinder. Even with the best equipment, at some point, you will have prey unexpectedly wander into your field of view. You may not have time to pull out the rangefinder before getting off your shot. With time, using the precise measurements of a rangefinder will allow you to better judge distances by sight alone.
Most of the modern rangefinders are light and compact. They are very affordable and easy to carry with you on your hunting trips. They can even replace other hunting equipment, such as binoculars. You get the magnification and easier view that binoculars provide, but with the added bonus of seeing the exact distance of your prey. Most rangefinders are nice and rugged. They should hold up to years of abuse on all of your outdoor, hunting adventures. This makes them well worth the money spent.
Now that we’ve established reasons for owning a rangefinder, let’s look at things to consider when choosing one to purchase. The first thing to consider is the price and quality. As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” Though that is true of rangefinders, there is a point where the benefits of quality may not scale exactly with the price.
The most expensive models will certainly be better than a budget model. There are, however, mid-level rangefinders that represent great quality for the price. For example, a rangefinder in the $400 price range will be much nicer than one that costs $100. One that costs $1000 may not be enough of a leap in quality over the $400 model to justify the difference in price. This all depends on what you have available to spend and what features you prioritize for your specific needs.
Next, you should be aware of the accuracy and maximum range of the rangefinder you are considering. Look for rangefinders that are rated to be +/- 1 yard. Anything more will not be accurate enough for the device’s intended purpose. The maximum range should be at least 600 yards, though 800-1000 is ideal. The magnification on top-level models is usually in the 6X to 8X range. Bow rangefinders may have lower magnification and shorter maximum distances for effectiveness.
The next things to be mindful of are the various special features you can find on a rangefinder. Angle compensation features are a must for using a tree stand or hunting anywhere that has steep terrain. Many models have low-light or bright-light image stabilization. This is handy when hunting in areas with variable light conditions or at different times of the day. Some models have varying degrees of water resistance. Some are even completely waterproof. This is obviously useful since the device will be used outdoors for extended periods of time.
Always consider what type of hunting you will be primarily using the rangefinder for. There are all-purpose rangefinders, as well as ones made specifically with bow hunting in mind. Archery rangefinders frequently have a vertical design, as opposed to the horizontal design used for those made more for rifle or shotgun hunting.
More things to think about include the display, size, weight and simplicity of the rangefinder. A good display is vital for being able to read the information quickly. When hunting, every second is important. You want a display that is clear and easy to read. The display must not be too dim to see, nor too bright so that it interferes with the line of sight. Hunting requires a fair amount of equipment. You do not want a rangefinder that is heavy or bulky. It needs to be easy to carry with you alongside of all of your other equipment. Last of all, a good rangefinder should be easy to use. If it is overly complicated, it is likely you will start leaving it at home more than you take it with you.
Here are some good choices for purchasing a rangefinder on a budget. All of these models are under $200. They represent great value for the money. The prices are listed in the title of each model for easy reference. Prices are based on the most commonly-listed price, or an approximation of price averages. Many of the models can be found for less during sales or due to overstocking by specific retailers.
This is a great entry-level rangefinder for the hunter on a budget. It is packed full of nice features to help you in the field. The Volt 600 model by Simmons features their patented, Tilt Intelligence. This technology calculates the true horizontal distance when firing from an incline or decline.
The Volt 600 features easy-to-use, one-button operation. It has a crisp LCD screen that is easy on the eyes. It can display the distance in yards or meters. It’s accuracy rating is +/- 1 yard. When it comes to accuracy, it is right up there with the top models. The only downside is the short maximum distance it is effective for. It has 4X magnification and is effective up to 600 yards for reflective targets and up to 400 yards for non-reflective targets.
The body of the model is very light and completely waterproof. This is a great feature to have in this price range. The lenses are fully multi-coated. This rangefinder comes with a carrying case and a lanyard. It is backed by a lifetime warranty.
This model features state of the art, Angle Intelligence technology. This is comparable to Simmons’ Tilt Intelligence. It gives you an accurate distance measurement while compensating for any type of terrain. It is extremely accurate with a precision rating of +/- 1 yard. The Ballistix Z6X is water resistant and has a great LCD display.
The Z6X features 6X magnification and has an effective range of up to 600 yards. The device uses a CR2 battery, which is unfortunately not included. It comes with a lanyard and a carrying case. It is protected by a 1 year warranty.
One of the best features of this model is its light weight and small size. The dimensions are; 4.1″x3.0″x1.6″. It weighs in at a mere 5.3 oz. You won’t even notice this rangefinder in your pocket or gear bag.
The Nikon Aculon is another compact model measuring a slim 3.6”x2.9”x1.5”. It only weighs 4.4 oz. This rangefinder easily fits in the palm of your hand. Its light weight and one-button operation make it easy to use. It is water resistant and completely rain-proof.
One of the model’s unique features is the Distant Target Priority Mode. It will give you the distance of the furthest target among a group of targets. This can be very helpful if you are trying to measure a target that is partially obscured by another object.
The rangefinder has 6X magnification and is good up to distances of 550 yards. It features Nikon’s multi-layer, coated optics. They minimize the effects of reflection to provide a clearer view. The display is clear and easy to read. This model powers off automatically after 8 seconds of no use.
These rangefinders are a step up in quality and offer more features. They are also a step up in price. They represent some of the best the industry has to offer, in terms of both quality and overall value.
The Arrow ID 5000 has advanced ID technology to find the true shooting distance. The Tru-Target Priority System allows hunters to chose from two modes. The first selects the nearest target in the field, while the second selects the one that is furthest away. Multi-colored optics provide a clear, perfect view. The model is also fully waterproof and fog proof. Bad weather will not be an issue for the Arrow ID 5000 user.
This rangefinder compensates for shooting angles. It can give good readings even with inclines or declines that are as steep as 89 degrees. It has a great display that is easy to see in any light condition. The display is simple and uncluttered. You can get the info that you need with just a glance.
The device gives accurate readings for targets between 5-600 yards. It is good for use with a rifle or bow. It is accurate to within 1 yard and gives readings in measurements of 1/10 of a yard.
The Vortex Ranger 1000 is built like a tank, with a tough rubber coating. Underneath the coating is an even tougher, aluminum casing. It’s rugged, but they still managed to make it light and compact. It is fully waterproof due to o-ring seals that block out water, moisture, dust and other debris.
The Ranger features full scan and line of sight modes. It has Horizontal Component Distance(HCD) mode for giving accurate readouts while at an incline or decline. It gives precise readings for targets up to 1000 yards away. It has 6X magnification.
Anti-reflective coatings provide the user with a clear view. Multi-coating provides perfect light transmission. The model is very accurate to within 1/2 of a yard at extreme distances. It runs on a common CR2 battery, which is included along with a strap and case.
This rangefinder is amazing for the bow or rifle hunter. The Leupold RX-1200i TBR/W has a great OLED display, is weatherproof for use in the rain and comes in a variety of colors. The size of the rangefinder is 3.8″ x 1.3″ x 2.9″ and it weighs 7.8 oz. It has 6X magnification and is effective out to a distance of 1200 yards. Leupold stands by their products with a comprehensive, 2-year warranty.
This model is extremely accurate and gives precise readings in 1/10 of a yard increments. It features a sturdy, aluminum case with a tough rubber covering. It has bow and rifle modes to display information specific to those weapons.
The rangefinder compensates for angles in rough terrain. It also calculates windage corrections out to 800 yards. Further settings options even allow you to choose from 25 different ballistics groups. The RX-1200i calculates the hold over range and drift parameters of the different bullet calibers to give you even more information before you take that shot.
The Riflehunter 1000 has ocular contrast to adjust to light conditions automatically. This aids the hunter greatly in ease of use. It features Nikon’s Tru-Target Mode that gives the user two options. First Target Priority gives a reading for the nearest target in a field of targets. Distant Target Priority mode selects the target that is the furthest away. This helps you to get a good reading on an object when a branch or obstacle it partially in the way.
The model is built with a rugged case that should stand up to years of rough use. It has a no-slip finish to give you a good grip. It is water resistant and can even be used in heavy rain. Nikon’s multi-coated optics are excellent for multiple light conditions, humid conditions and for fog. The bright LCD screen adjusts its display automatically for easy viewing in all light conditions.
The Nikon 8377 Riflehunter 1000 has an effective range of 5-1000 yards. It gives readings in 1/10 yard increments and is accurate to within 1/2 yard. It has 6X magnification and a wide field of view to make targeting easy. The rangefinder is compact at 6.9 oz and 2.9″ by 1.6″ by 4.6″ in size. It comes with a battery, neoprene case and an adjustable strap.
We have taken a look at a number of rangefinders in different price ranges. So far, they have been all-purpose rangefinders or those built with rifle hunting in mind. Here are some great choices if you prefer to hunt with a bow.
This rangefinder has a special Bow Mode and features Bushnell’s Clearshot technology. It calculates the compensated distance of your shot based on the angle from 7-99 yards. It can pinpoint line of sight distances up to 850 yards. It offers 4X magnification and is extremely accurate.
Clearshot technology gives instant feedback on an archer’s shot clearance. This is a great feature that can help you avoid clipping branches or other obstructions. With a simple, three-step process, you can even calibrate the rangefinder to match the speed of your bow through the sight system. Once you complete this process, the rangefinder will display a dot to show the highest point your arrow will travel.
The casing has a nice, anti-slip finish. While it isn’t fully waterproof, it is water resistant and should hold up in the rain. It comes complete with a battery, neck strap and carrying case.
This rangefinder can be used for rifle hunting, but is also optimized for use with a bow. This versatility makes it a great option for the hunter who likes to use a variety of weapons while on the hunt. It features a hard-rubber armor that makes it rugged and completely waterproof. It is also fog proof to give you the clearest possible view in any weather condition.
The Scout DX 1000 ARC has VSI (Variable Sight-in) modes for rifle or bow. This will calculate the amount of bullet drop you experience over distances. It will also show you the arc of the arrow in bow mode to help your accuracy.
This model is super accurate to within 1/2 a yard. The information displayed is precise to within 1/10 of a yard. It has magnification up to 6X. It’s range of effectiveness is within 5-1000 yards. These impressive stats are thanks to the E.S.P. Turbo-processor. E.S.P. stands for Extreme, Speed, Precision. A carrying case, strap and battery are all included.
The Archer’s Choice has a measurement range of 5-1000 yards and 6X magnification. It displays distances in 1/10 yards and is accurate to within 1/2 of a yard. It is 2.9″ by 1.6″ by 4.6″ and weighs in at 6.9 oz. It has 18.3-millimeter eye relief and 3.5-millimeter exit pupil.
This is one of the best rangefinders in any price range when it comes to dealing with tough lighting conditions. This is thanks to Nikon’s Active Brightness Control Viewfinder. This new technology allows the device to work quickly in any light condition imaginable.
This model has a wide field of view to help you acquire targets quickly. The LCD screen is easy to read in any light condition. It adjusts automatically according to the light level. The optics are multi-coated for better views in low or bright light, as well as in humid and foggy conditions. It also compensates for shooting from inclines or declines up to 89 degrees.
With all of the options available, everyone should be able to find a great rangefinder within their price range. Just be sure to keep all of the previously-discussed tips in mind if you consider something outside of the lists above. Even if you see a good deal on a model that offers all of your desired features, it can be helpful to do some research. Before you pull the trigger on that purchase, take the time to read some product reviews online. Ask your fellow hunters what they use and how happy they are with their own rangefinders.
Hunting, like any sport, requires the best equipment to be the most effective you can be. There is an old saying that goes, “the tools don’t make the carpenter.” I suppose that is true, but they do make the carpenter’s job easier. The same is true of the tools that a hunter uses. A good-quality rangefinder will make your life much easier. It will be an invaluable tool for your hunting trips for years to come.
Hunting has quickly become a year round sport. With the amount of game that is available, outdoorsmen can literally spend the entire year hunting for some creature, whether it is deer, elk, or hog, so that hunting season never has to end. There are plenty of hunters that are taking advantage of the possibilities. They just need to make sure they have the proper equipment before they get out there on the field.
Depending on what you are hunting for, there are different size caliber guns and cartridges that are needed to be effective hunters. Scopes are also an important part of hunting with special hunting optics that have been designed to handle any type of gun or cartridge. This allows the hunters to be more successful as they hunt down their prey.
There are even hunting scopes that can now calibrated to specific caliber weapons that analyze and balance out the bullets arced trajectory. These scopes were created precisely for hunting in thick cover for dangerous game species. There are even scopes that have integrated laser range finders that show the range to the target on the inner part of the scope’s objective lens.
When one looks at the hunting scopes on the market today, and then thinks back to what hunting scopes used to be like, it’s unbelievable how different they are. Hunting scopes have evolved beyond their predecessors, so much so that you can no longer compare them equally.
Your first consideration should be what your needs are in a hunting scope. What type of weapon do you use? What types of ranges to do you hunt at?
If you have a powerful rifle, then you need a more durable scope, since a weak scope can be destroyed by the kickback rattling it to pieces. A small rifle doesn’t need a really durable scope, so this can save you money and weight on your gun. You have to consider if you are looking at a scope that has plenty of capability, but may not be necessary for the type of hunting you are doing. However, if you are using a more powerful rifle, it is important to find a scope that can withstand the rattling that comes with it.
It is even possible to find good optics that can be used with a pistol, bow, and shotgun. They are 1x optics that are used on short range weapons. They can lessen the time from the trigger to the target, and they make shifting to multiple targets that much easier. If you are using a nontraditional weapon that doesn’t let you use a normal scope, you can use eye relief scopes. Eye relief is the distance from the rear lenses of the scope to your eye. Some rifles need the scope to be mounted forward of the action, so this requires a long eye relief scope making the traditional short eye relief scope difficult to mount.
As you are shopping, if you find a scope with BDC, or bullet drop compensator, they were created for a special caliber and weapon in mind. Your bullet drop compensator will not be of any use if your weapon and caliber do not match your scope.
Your scope also needs to fit how you are hunting, and at what range. If you have a scope that works effectively to 300 yards, but you don’t hunt at that range, then it won’t be that useful to you. Most hunters find that 3 to 9 power optics are enough for their hunting needs. Others who are brush hunting or stalking may need something with lower variable magnification like a 1 to 4 power optic. Having too much magnification means you won’t be able to see your target, or, if you can, you may not be aware of what part of the target you can see.
Hunters that use long range obviously need a good long range rifle scope, so that they can see their prey as well as the area surrounding it. The level of magnification they needs allows them to see the small environmental changes, so they can decide on wind calls. At long range, you should be able to tell how the grass is moving, or the dust is blowing, so that the hunter has an accurate wind call. There are also laws on the length of the deer antler, and if you can’t see the antlers, how can you tell if it’s legal?
Reticles also help long range hunters easily make longer shots. You can either use a mil-dot reticle, or a bullet drop reticle. The mil-dot reticles are more universal than the bullet drop reticle, but hunters need to know what the bullet drop of their weapon is at varying ranges. Bullet drop compensators are specially dialed into a specific caliber, bullet weight, and barrel length.
This is one of the bigger questions that will determine the type of scope you need. How you hunt will completely effect the range and scope requirements that you have. You will need a scope that can be quickly planted on a target if you are hunting in the bush. A variable optic with both long range and close range settings is needed if you are hunting in the mountains or in the fields. Different environments need different scopes.
A wide objective lens on a simple fixed powered scope can be used well in a tree stand. It will collect and effectively use light, since your light may be blocked in a tree stand from the leaves above you, especially in low light. When that happens, you need all the light that you can get, so your shot is precise and effective.
If you are stalking, then you need to be fast, particularly if you are using a handgun. Short range hunters do not need as much magnification, although they may need lighter optics for specific reasons. If their scope is lighter, that makes their weapon lighter, and easier to maneuver. Plus, long eye relief or zero magnification scopes are easier for hunters to point their weapon instinctively at their target, and then in fact be on target.
Durability is something that is essential in all scopes and hunting styles. Make sure your scope has the features that can help give it a long life. You also want to consider the features the scopes can have that will improve your overall scope quality, and what will increase your hunting satisfaction. Here are some features that are essential to your hunting success.
You can have different waterproof levels ranging from rain proof all the way up to Navy Seal proof. Depending on where you are hunting, this will determine what type of waterproofing your scope needs. If you are out in the marsh or swamps, you want a little strong waterproofing. Just hunting out in the woods? Then something simpler should work for you. No matter where you hunt, you will need some type of waterproofing. One thing to look for are O-rings with reinforced seals, and if a scope doesn’t mention anything about waterproofing, then that is a sign that it is not waterproofed at all.
Your weapon is going to feel a lot of shocks from being dropped and jostled, and from you running and walking. Whatever you are doing, your weapon is experiencing it as well, so if your scope isn’t shockproofed, and you drop it, it is now useless to you. Make sure your optic is shockproofed so you don’t lose your zero.
Since the best hunting time is in the evening and in the morning, you will encounter fog when you are on the hunt. As the morning sun is coming up, you will have a lot of evaporating dew, and as the sun sets, rolling fog can accompany it. Internal fog can develop on your lense, and that is not easy to get rid of unless the scope is fogproof.
Another important consideration is the materials that were used in making the scope. Is it constructed of polymers and plastics? If it is made of aluminum, is it air craft grade aluminum? Is it a single piece of construction, or multiple pieces? This will determine how strong the piece is, and if there are any areas of weakness. If it is made of one single piece of aluminum, for example, then it will have less failure points. It will also be stiffer, and less likely to bend, or to have the inaccuracies related to bending.
Reducing glare and having a clearer and brighter image is the product of a good coating. There are several different types of coating, and, as always, the better the coating the scope has, the better the image you will see. You will see different coating ratings, and they have different meanings. What this means is that the coatings are on either one side or both sides of the lenses. It will also let you know how many lenses are really coated. This is a list of the different possible coatings:
Some turrets can be adjusted with a tool, a bullet casing, or a coin. If you have a short range scope, this shouldn’t be a big deal. Medium to longer range scope may need to have a dial. A turret should be easy to adjust, and the adjustment should be both audible and tactile. When you don’t have those clicks to count, you will have a harder time focusing. Also, these adjustments will need to match your reticle, and if you scope is in mils, but you have adjustments that are in MOA, you will need to make sure you know how to do the conversions.
Your field of view is the area that you can see through your scope at the range of 100m from right to left. If you have a wider field of view, the better the result you will get. Your field of view will change depending on your magnification, so it will get larger as you decrease the mag and smaller as you increase it.
The diameter of the objective lens will determine how much light you will have entering the scope, and how efficiently the light is transmitted to the ocular. The larger the diameter, the greater amount of light that goes into the scope, so you will be able to see well in poorly lit conditions. Each diameter size has bad points and good points, so the best thing to do is to pick the largest objective diameter’s weight that you can work with. Your average hunter will work well enough with a 32mm to 40mm objective diameter to convey enough light.
The efficiency and portability of the scope is depending on its length, weight, and tube diameter. Most hunting scenarios should be ok with a one inch tube. Tube diameters that are 30 millimeters are stronger, and they can be adjusted using turrets. This is convenient when you are using shooting at long distances, and you are using higher mags.
If you need a lightweight weapon, then the length and weight of the scope are vital considerations. If you put a heavy scope on a lightweight rifle, the rifle itself becomes useless. You can find scopes that are as light as 227 grams, but the average weight of a scope falls between 340 to 397 grams.
When you are looking at scopes, you need to find one with a reticle that is thick, and is easy enough to see in a lot of different situations at different times of the day. Reticles are pretty important for hunting as a target crosshairs can be easy to see on white paper, but not as easy to see on an animal while you are hunting. So, you need a reticle that is not only easy to see, but clear and large enough to catch your eye. You should be able to make a shot, and not have to make adjustments with the turrets.
This Vortex Viper PST (Precision Shooting Tactical) Riflescope was created to consistently provide duplicating accuracy at tremendous distances in unforgiving circumstances and under duress. It has six models to choose from that include a choice of reticles for either the first or second focal plane. The Vortex Viper PST is created with a one piece 30mm tube that is machined from aircraft grade 6061 T6 aluminum to give you the optimal durability and rigidity. You also have plenty of room for excessive range elevation adjustment.
The Nightforce SHV is one of the highest performance and well-balanced scopes on the market. It is a robust scope that is made of an aircraft grade aluminum alloy that has a lot of high-quality features including an optimally precise light transmission, a sophisticated 56mm objective lens, weather and shock proofing, durable construction, individual reticles, and reliable adjustment controls. It also has an awesome price at under $1,000. Keep in mind, because of its 56mm objective lens diameter it is a bit wider and bulkier for some hunter’s preferences.
If you want optical excellence, guaranteed reliability, and precision engineering, you don’t need to look any further than the Bushnell Elite G2. Developed in the finest family of tactical riflescopes that you will find worldwide, the Bushnell Elite was designed with law enforcement and military feedback. Bushnell creates elite tactical riflescopes for the most difficult tactical shooting circumstances that you can face. They feature precise optics and blacked-out cosmetics, plus the Ultra-Wide Band Coating that increases brightness at both dusk and dawn. The Elite G2 also offers the Rainguard HD lens coating that maintains a clear view no matter what the weather conditions are. It is constructed with a 30-millimeter one piece tube that has the argon removed for the greatest reliability. This is one of the best scopes for long range delivery that also offers precision and superb visibility for the entire magnification range. It also features a G2 Designated Marksman Reticle (DMR) that has mil-hash marked with a First Focal Plane (FFP) reticle that is created for correcting holdover, ranging, and windage.
The Aimpoint H34L reflex sight is only one of the four scopes that make up the Aimpoint’s Hunter series of sights that were introduced in 2010. They were designed to imitate the appearance of a standard rifle scope, so it is ideal for hunters that move fast, or hunt for dangerous game up to 100 yards. It is also very useful when you are hunting at close range in thick cover since your magnification will be deficient, but the 2 MOA red dot reticle and a total lack of eye relief gives you accuracy of your target.
Unlike previous Aimpoint versions that were created for use with short and lever actions, the Aimpoint H34L was created to be used with both long and standard actions. It is specially created to endure the recoil that is generated from rifles. It also features a very large 39mm, objective lens that is multicoated with durable 34mm tube wall that is top mounted with a 12 position push button brightness adjustment pad. The Aimpoint H34L sight is completely waterproof that lets hunters go out in all kinds of weather, plus it lets you turn on the sight and leave it on for five years using just one single battery.
The Leupold VX 2 is a scope that has been trusted by hunters all over the world. It gives you a high performance experience with all the features that serious hunters are looking for. The VX 2 has finger-adjustable click windage, elevation dials, and tactile power indicators, plus when you are hunting in low-light, it has the clarity, brightness, and contrast that you need. Durability, complete waterproofing, and the Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee is also included.
The Nikon Monarch 3 BDC is created by the well respected and well known Nikon manufacturer that has had a long standing reputation of constructing high performance rifle scopes. Nikon features the Monarch series as their flagship line. The Monarch has 33 percent more magnification than the 3 9 x 40mm scope. It also features an extra-large ocular lens, the maximum amount of light transition, and a wide field of view. This is the ideal scope for those that like to hunt at ranges of 100 to 600 yards.
Nikon has created an optical system that gives the hunter extra sharp, extra bight, and extremely flat sight picture that lets hunters see from dawn until dusk.
Also, the Nikoplex duplex reticle gives hunters a straightforward aiming point that still uses Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic technology, as well parallax adjustment that is easy to reach and side focused giving you unrivaled sight picture from any angle.
Plus, the easy to adjust turrets offer 1/4 MOA click-stop moves that lets you hear and feel the adjustments as you make them, without recoil that will throw your shot off target. The positive click adjustments let you zero in fast and easy while maintaining your setting, even when you have repeated backlash.
Created with feedback from Brian “Pigman” Quaca, the Leupold VXR HOG 1 4 x 20 mm rifle scope offers the exclusive Leupold’s non-illuminated, Pig Plex reticle that is a specific reticle for pig hunting. It was created to give you fast target achievement, and is perfect for framing a quick moving hog.
The Leupold VXR HOG uses the Leupold’s Quantum Optical System that offers lead-free optical glass. The optical glass includes geometry that is expanded with a mix of Ze-max design software and Leupold’s own Zygo Interferometer that maximizes your resolution giving you precise and sharp imaging in any light condition.
When the mechanical aspect of the VAri-X system have been preserved, and the optical elements have been repositioned while using new lens coating, the Quantum Optical System will give you up to 94 percent light transmission for superb resolution.
Plus, the large eyepiece will make it simpler to find the right eye relief, and to find those fast moving targets. It will also make it simpler to see a full sight picture that will totally fill the eyepiece, making it the ideal choice for those that hunt dangerous game in thick cover.
Finally, it is easy to zero and focus this scope with the included lockable Fast-Focus eyepiece, the tactile power selector, and the 1/4 MOA finger click adjustments for both elevation and windage.
The Vortex Viper 6.5 20×50 PA riflescope is a great pick for a beginner, or for those that hunt occasionally, but still want a quality scope. It includes the superb quality XD Glass that gives you precise visual output, a patented force spring system that steadies spring pressure and raises the strength of the erector system which lessens inconsistencies when you are aiming. It also has an XR anti reflective coating that lets you aim easily in bright conditions.
It also includes a lot of the nice features of turrets and adjustments, but a lot of them are more for show than they are useful. This scope is awesome for shooting with a default magnification of 14x due to the mil-dot sight that lets you guess the range, bullet hold power, and windage, as long as you don’t vary the power which will give you incorrect mil-dot sighting, and hard, irregular adjustments that you can’t do while you are on the field.
The Nikon M-308 gives you a large magnification range that includes an oversized lens which is a great feature for a heavy caliber rifle. Instant target acquisition is due to the quick-focus eyepiece, and the fully multi-coated optical system gives you bright sight pictures. The scope is waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof, and it has long range shooting accuracy.
The Leupold VX-1 offers an affordable, yet effective scope from the company of Leupold. It comes with a standard multi-coated lens system that gives you brightness, great contrast, and high-performance, with micro-friction windage, and dials for elevation adjustment with a 1/4 MOA click rate that are easy to set and then reset. The Leupold’s classic lockable eyepiece will keep you in steady and constant focus, while the waterproof 1” tube mounts that are durable no matter where you go. It also comes with a Leupold scope cover that for additional protection of your VX-1 when you are not using it, and it comes with the Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee.
The Nikon P-223 boasts a return to target turrets and zero capability. This scope gives you an eye relief feature for additional convenience, plus it uses a bullet drop compensator to help you when you are aiming over varying ranges. This Nikon product is one of the best options under $200 with clearer glass than what many of its competitors offer. If you have a rifle using either 223 Remington rounds or 5.56 NATO, this is a great option for you.
The Nikon ProStaff possesses the Nikon’s fully multicoated optical system, and it has a very versatile magnification range of 4 to 12x. The Nikon ProStaff can help you make pretty much any shot comfortable for you, and its optical systems can transmit up to 98% of the available light, so you will always have the most brightness when you are in a low light, or low contrast, hunting scenario. For simple field adjustments, Nikon ProStaff uses a unified zero-reset turret that lets you sight like normal, and the lift the spring-loaded adjustment knob and rotate it to your zero and then reengage. You can make simple field adjustment by just dialing your subsequent ranges.
If you love the patented BDC reticle, so that you hold “dead on” at ranges beyond what you thought were possible, the BDC has unique see-through ballistic circles that give you a superb advantage during long-range shooting, and it also allows you a have a normal sign picture for those short-range shots.
The Nikon also boasts of liberal, constant eye relief, plus there is no more kickback. It also includes other features like the quick-focus eyepiece, nitrogen-filled, waterproof and fogproof O-ring-sealed housing, and the optional sunshade accessory. This is the ideal scope for hunters that like diverse conditions to hunt game.
The Redfield 67095 is part of the new Redfield Revolution series scopes. It includes state-of-the-art American design and construction. The Redfield 67095 features the Redfield’s Illuminator Lens System that mixes first-class optical glass and cutting edge lenses that have multilayer, vapor-deposition coatings that give you unmatched image quality, a larger field of view, and superb light transmission. Lots of research and design has gone into Redfield’s exclusive Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece that gets rid of the eye relief “sweet spot” that gives you fast and precise target acquisition.
Additionally, you will get your choice of a 4-Plex reticle or the Accu-Range reticle that gives you hold over points up to 500 yards with absolute precision. Also, AccuTrac™ adjustment system makes sure that you receive the greatest amount of repeatability and reliability.
Finally, the Redfield 67095 offers a lockable eyepiece that it is totally fogproof, waterproof, and shock proof. It allows hunters to go out in any type of weather, and use any type of firearm they want without worrying about creep.
So, the next time you are out choosing a new riflescope, make sure to do your research and look for those scopes that match your hunting style and your weapon. You don’t want to be caught with a scope that is too heavy for your rifle, or that isn’t the right type of scope for the range you are hunting in. Once you have determined your needs, with all the products that are available on the market today, you should have no problem find a scope that is perfect for you.
It’s no secret that if you want to be successful as a hunter, you need to find animals. Spotting deer, elk, or any other animals across long distances can be nearly impossible with the naked eye, which is why most hunters rely heavily on binoculars.
The right pair of binoculars has an enormous impact on your chances of a kill this season. Our guide will detail the many things you should consider when making an investment in optics, and will give you some recommendations on the best binoculars for you to buy. Use the table of contents to jump around, this article is long!
A binocular basically comprises of two telescopes. Each of the two telescopes features a prime focal length, an eyepiece, exterior front objective lens, focusing unit and an exit pupil. In their working, binoculars refract light through prisms, which magnifies the image of the object being viewed. A pair of binoculars that has a larger objective lens allows more light into the binocular. To buy the right binocular, based on your hunting needs, you should consider the following aspects:
Many people are for the opinion that the bigger the magnifying power of a binocular, the better it is. This is not always true when working with binoculars. An increase in the magnifying power of a binocular will affect the size and steadiness of its images. The higher the magnifying power of a binocular, the less steady and smaller its images are. If you are buying the larger observation binoculars, you may also need to invest in a tripod stand for them. This use of tripods may prove to be a tedious task for some hunters.
If you are looking forward to investing in zoom binoculars, there are a few things that you need to bear in mind. The vast majority of zoom-binocular manufacturers do not make durable units. As such, most of the zoom binoculars in the market today are not waterproof and are not suitable for hard use. To increase the magnification you get while using hunting binoculars, you do not have to invest in binoculars with more magnifying power. Instead of investing in 10x magnification binoculars, you should consider buying a spotting scope. To make an informed decision, with regards to the magnifying power of these units, you should weigh the magnification against the objective lens diameter of the binoculars.
Hunting binoculars apply two main types of prisms; the roof prisms and porro prisms. Which of the two is the best? Well, this will also depend on a few things. Here is an overview of the two main binoculars prism types.
In most cases, the binocular field of view is expressed in FOV at 1000 yards. This ratio expresses the area of ground (in feet) the viewer will be able to see through the binoculars while at distance of 1000 yards. Purchasing a unit that offers a larger field of view will allow you to view a wider area. However, if you apply magnification, the area you are viewing will definitely appear smaller. This implies that the magnification of a binocular affects the field of view of the unit. If you will be using the binoculars in wide and open environments, you may need to buy a unit that has a higher field of view. However, many hunters prioritize binocular image quality over the field of view. This makes the standard FOV hunting binoculars a perfect choice by such hunters.
The size of exit pupil used in any pair of hunting binoculars is primarily determined by the magnifying power of the binocular, coupled with the diameter of its objective lens. Situated next to the eyepieces, the exit pupil allows light through the viewer’s eyes. To see the exit pupil used in your binocular, you may hold it at arm’s length and observe it through the eyepieces. In such a case, the exit pupils will appear as shafts of light. It is possible to calculate the size of exit pupil used in any binocular. This is done by dividing the diameter of the objective lens used in the binocular by its magnifying power. This being the case, a 7×50 pair of binoculars will have exit pupils measuring about 7.1 mm.
The size of exit pupils used in any pair of binoculars will affect the amount of light reaching the viewer’s eyes; larger exit pupils allow more light to reach the eyes of the viewer. As such, hunting binoculars that have smaller exit pupils are not ideal for use in dim light conditions. Your choice of the right exit pupil size should be influenced by the amount of light in the environment you will be using the binocular. As a tip, you should compare the exit pupil in your preferred binoculars with the human eye. In this regard, the best choice is an exit pupil size that is more or less the size of your eye pupil. In young people, the pupils may dilate up to 7mm and to about 4 mm in the elderly.
Commonly abbreviated as RBI, the relative brightness index is an expression of how a pair of binoculars is bright—in relation to its objective lens size and power. This value is calculated by squaring the size of the exit pupils used in the microscope, for instance, the size of the exit pupil in a 7×35 binoculars is about 5 mm. The RBI, in such a case, will be 25. A relative brightness index of 25 or more is considered to be ideal for use in dim light conditions.
In order to enhance light transmission through binoculars, most of the binoculars manufacturers use anti-refractive coatings in their units. If you look into a coated binocular through the front objective lens, you will see green, blue and red reflections. These multi-colored reflections are as a result of the anti-reflective coatings used in that pair of binoculars. Binoculars optical coatings may be classified into five broad anti-reflective coating levels, including:
Buying a binocular that has a good optical coating will eliminate glare and light loss. In this regard, binoculars with good optical coating are known to deliver brighter and clearer images. If your preferred binocular model is available in two models, a coated model and another model that does not have anti-reflective coating, it is highly advisable to opt for the model that has the coating.
The size of the objective lens used in a binocular affects its image detail. Objective lenses of between 40 and 42 mm are considered to be ideal for any type of hunting today. While increasing the size of objective lens in a binocular will improve its image detail, units with larger objective lenses are more expensive and heavier. If you are looking for binoculars to use for hunting at night, you may need to get one with a large objective lens, preferably a 40mm lens.
The size of the objective lens used in the equipment will also affect its weight; the larger the lens, the heavier the binocular will be. In this regard, you also need to weigh your preferences—do you prefer a heavier unit with high quality images or a lighter one with images of lower quality? If you prefer a portable unit, the 32mm objective lens size is recommended. Again, you also need to consider your hunting hours in this regard, objective sizes below 30mm may only be used during the day. While many manufacturers today are making a wide range of binoculars with larger objective lenses, these tend to be comparatively heavier. The ones with smaller objective lens are lighter, but will not be as precise as the heavier units.
The types of focus used in hunting binoculars today may be grouped into two categories:
If you are looking for a pair of binoculars to use for medium to long distance observations, the centre focus type of binoculars is the best. Binoculars with an individual eyepiece focus have tubes focusing every eye. To view objects at different distances using this type of focus, you will need to adjust the eyepieces accordingly. This option may be time-consuming and awkward in some cases. Most of the hunting binocular models using individual eye focus do not require any form of focusing for them to deliver excellent results. This is one of the aspects that make such binoculars popular among hunters today. Additionally, some of the binocular brands using the center focus are known to be very durable and waterproof.
If your hunting expedition takes long and you need to have your binocular on your eyes most of the time, you need to get a model that will not strain your eyes. As such, you should opt for the models that deliver images of high quality. A pair of binoculars that offers a fair image quality may be used for occasional spotting while hunting, but not for prolonged viewing. Getting a pair of binoculars that delivers a good optical quality and is highly dependable is not easy today. This is particularly the case when shopping for a unit that is also waterproof and durable. If these are some of the qualities you are looking for in your hunting binocular, you should stop contemplating on units prized below $150.
Over the years, some binocular brands have established their place in the industry–with regards to producing units with high image quality. Such binoculars brands include Leica, Zeiss and Nikon. With hunting units produced by these manufacturers, you will not strain your eyes in the field. Such units will not strain your eyes or cause fatigue, regardless of the period you use them.
This is one of the considerations that some hunters tend to overlook. The eye relief factor is particularly important for hunters who use sunglasses and eyeglasses. The eye relief is the distance that you can hold the binoculars from your eyes, when observing, and be able to see the entire image. If you use sunglasses or eyeglasses, you should consider purchasing a unit that has an eye relief of not less than 14mm. Binoculars that do not have the eye relief or have a poor eye relief tend to reduce your field of view.
Most of the binocular manufacturers today use rubber coating in their units to make them waterproof and fog proof. Additionally, this rubber coating makes the units easier and more comfortable to hold. Waterproof hunting binoculars are also resistant to dust and grime, aspects that enhance their durability. You can use the waterproof hunting binoculars in foggy conditions for extended periods, without worrying about the moisture penetrating into the unit. If you are currently shopping for hunting binoculars, you should get one that is waterproof.
The larger, full-size hunting binoculars are known to be very capable and effective. However, such units are also heavy—with some weighing up to two pounds. With regards to the weight of hunting binoculars, the amount of glass and other materials used to build the unit will affect its overall weight. When shopping for hunting binoculars, you should consider their portability as well. If you want a model that is portable and light to carry around, you should avoid the larger hunting binocular models. In this case, you will also have to sacrifice the performance and image quality.
In some cases, manufacturers include a limited number of accessories in their binocular packaging. Some of the accessories that are commonly included in hunting binoculars packaging include body harnesses, cases and straps. The strap is used to hang the binocular around the neck, making it easier to carry around. The casing is useful in protecting the unit from scratches and damage. As such, you may use the casing to store your binoculars when not using it. The harness will also help you ease the weight of the unit on your body. In this regard, the harness spreads the binocular weight across your shoulders and upper body—making it feel lighter and easier to carry around. If you would like to buy a larger binocular model, you may need to buy from the provider offering such accessories for free with each purchase.
Different binocular models today are designed to be used in a myriad of conditions and for different purposes. As such, the different binocular makes and models have varying designs and features. For instance, the larger and heavier binocular types are too heavy to carry around. The design of such binoculars is specifically meant for use on tripod stands. If this is your preferred hunting binocular type, you should ensure that its design allows for easy use on a tripod stand.
Again, you need to select a binocular design that is suitable for the environment you will be using it in. As such, it is advisable to buy a unit with features that can protect it and allow for easy use within that environment and condition. If you want a binocular with variable eye relief, you should buy one with twist-up eyecups. By twisting these cups, you can alter the eye relief required. This feature is beneficial if you will be using sunglasses while hunting. In such a case, you will require different eye relief distances when wearing and when not wearing the eyeglasses.
While this is not very important, it is advisable to review the various brands in the market and their countries of origin. When it comes to the quality of the binocular you are buying, there is no good or bad brand. However, some brands are known for their consistency in manufacturing reliable and highly efficient units. Other brands are new to the market, hence the reliability and durability of their binoculars is not yet established. Just as it is the case with other products and services in the market, it is safer to buy from the renown manufacturers with a proven track record—with regards to producing high quality products.
In addition to warranties on the product you are buying, you may also need to look into the support system offered by the company you are buying from. Some manufacturers will offer you a lifetime warranty on damages–other than the ones caused by wear and tear—but are hard to reach when you need to file a complain. This being the case, it is advisable to buy from the suppliers with numerous contact methods. This way, it will be easier for you to contact their support team, if anything happens to the equipment.
There are various numbers that may be used to illustrate binocular features and capabilities. As a beginner, you can have a hard time shopping for hunting binoculars—if you do not know what the numbers mean. Some of the numbers used on binoculars depict the diameter of the objective lenses used in the units and their magnification. In most cases, these two aspects are expressed as one unit, in the order of magnification and then diameter of the objective lens. For instance, you may come across a unit labeled 7×50. For this pair of binoculars, the 7x indicates its magnifying power and 50 is the diameter of the objective lens in mm.
Another issue that can arise with the numbering is the fact that zoom binoculars and variable power binoculars have a magnification degree that varies. For instance, you may find a pair of zoom hunting binoculars labeled 7-21×50. In this case, the magnification is given as a range. It means that the magnifying power of the binoculars is between 7 and 21 times closer. The last figure, in this case, is still the diameter of the objective lens.
Mentioned above are some of the aspects you should consider when shopping for the perfect hunting pair of binoculars. This being the case, the ‘best binoculars’ is a relative term. This is because different users will have different binocular needs and preferences. For instance one hunter may prefer a lighter and smaller binocular while another one may be in need of the heavier, high-performance binoculars. Regardless of your preferences and hunting needs, it is always advisable to purchase a pair of binoculars that has high quality optical features and capabilities. Currently, there are some manufacturers and binocular models that are more popular than others, in the hunting binoculars industry. Mentioned below are some of the recommended binocular models, based on various attributes:
As far as great binoculars for a middle range price go, you’ll have a hard time beating Upland Optics. Their binoculars are very high quality, and are perfectly suited for hunting. The company focuses exclusively on hunters, a rarity in the optics world. Like many high end binoculars, the Perception HD offers ED glass, which has exceptional clarity and light transmission. They also have a carry case, neck strap, lens cloth, and flip up covers included. They’re built from incredibly durable materials that will withstand the stresses of a hunting trip, and have a lifetime warranty in case something goes wrong. I personally carry these binoculars in the field, and highly recommend them to others.
The popularity of the Leica 10×42 Geovid HD-B binoculars may be attributed to the fact that the manufacturer produces some of the best and high quality lenses across the globe. Leica is also renowned for producing some of the best microscopes and cameras across the world. In addition to the high quality build of the Geovid HD-B, the unit also features most of the features and qualities needed by hunters today. Some of the features found in these hunting binoculars include a barometer, an inclinometer, a thermometer and an advanced ballistic compensation. In addition to these extra features, the unit is also fog and waterproof—attributes that make it more durable in such harsh conditions. And of course the headline feature of these binoculars is their rangefinder capabilities, eliminating the need to carry multiple devices in the field.
If you are looking for a pair of binoculars that is reliable, efficient and relatively affordable, you should consider buying the Eagle Optics Shrike 8×42 Shk-4208 pair of binoculars. Priced below $200, these binocular is precise and durable. The Eagle optics shrike also features a rubber band, which makes the binocular waterproof and comfortable to handle. These binoculars are some of the affordable units with optical coating on their lenses. In this regard, the Eagle optics shrike Shk-4208 has fully multi-coated lens, which is one of the reasons why it delivers high quality images. Additionally, the binoculars have adjustable eyecups and can withstand harsh weather conditions. The availability of eye cups on the binoculars means that you can adjust the eye relief.
Such features suggest that these binoculars are specifically designed to offer comfortable vision and deliver high quality images. As a result, a considerable number of hunters are buying these units today. Another benefit associated with these binoculars is that they may be used with a tripod stand. In this case, you will be required to use an adapter. However, you will have to buy the tripod and the adapter separately. According to the users who have purchased these units, the binoculars offers a good value for price, has the right weight and size and delivers impressive image quality and clarity.
The Vortex Optics Viper HD 10×42 is one of the top rated units in its line. The popularity of the unit among hunters today may be attributed to the many features it has to offer. For instance, the binoculars are fitted with an O-ring, which helps prevent water and debris from penetrating the unit. This feature not only makes the unit water and fog proof, but also prevents it from damage caused by those elements. Another impressive feature offered by these binoculars is a rubberized body, which makes the units easy and comfortable to handle. With regards to image quality, the unit delivers high quality and clear images. This is partly because the binoculars are fully multi-coated and feature extra-low dispersion, high-density glass.
The unit has received numerous positive reviews from its users, most of which touch on its impressive grip. While some of its users claim that the unit is a bit heavier than other models within this category, the manufacturer includes a comfortable neck strap in its package. This helps with weight distribution, making the unit feel lighter than it actually is. Other extras included in the packaging of this unit include a rain guard and a carry case that is deluxe padded.
The Vortex Optics Viper HD 10×42 beats the game when it comes to customer reviews, as there are many buyers who claim that the rubberized body and comfortable grip of this alternative cannot be matched by any other one. Some individuals have mentioned that this model might be a little heavier than expected, and that it has a smaller field of view compared to others.
The Vanguard Endeavor Ed is one of the best 8×42 binoculars today. Many buyers love these units because of the vast array of features they present. For one, the units are water and fog proof. Additionally, the units have 3-stage twist eyecups. This feature allows the units to offer one of the longest eye relief distances in the industry. It also features fully multi-coated lenses, which play a significant role towards delivering high quality images.
With a magnifying power of 8x and objective lens measuring 42mm in diameter, the model can deliver a field of view of 367 feet/1000 yards. The weight of the binoculars is about 25.8 ounces and can deliver a variable eye relief distance of up to 19 mm. with regards to the clarity and quality of images; this is one of the units that will offer you impressive results. As a matter of fact, most of the hunters who have used the system in the past praise its optical capabilities.
The Vanguard Spirit XF 10×42 binocular is perfect for nearly all forms of hunting, ranging from stalking white tails to duck hunting. The binoculars are fairly priced and can deliver impressive image quality and clarity in various hunting environments. The binocular features a body design that is appealing and is light enough to carry with one hand. Although this binocular is light weight—weighing about 23.5oz—it delivers outstanding performance. Some of the spectacular aspects of this unit include a wide field of view at 332 feet. When hunting for a deer, you should be able to scan a wider area because these animals can be elusive sometimes. In this regard, the Vanguard Spirit XF 10×42 binocular will come in handy. The binoculars are specifically made for the hunters who spend much of their time stalking their prey and move a lot within their hunting environment.
This is another hunting binocular that is very popular among binoculars buyers today. Many of the available reviews on the Nikon 8248 ACULON A211 10×50 praise the optical capabilities of the unit. At an affordable price, you will have a 50mm objective lens—which is better than what most of its competitors are currently offering. As such, the Aculon may be used in low light conditions and still deliver images of high quality. Although these binoculars are some of the best hunting binoculars today, they are comparatively heavy. As such, you may need to purchase a harness and a neck strap to use with the unit. The unit is ideal for hunters who spend much of their hunting time hiding and stalking their prey.
This is a premium class of binoculars made in Germany. As such, you should expect to pay more for these units. However, they are actually worth every penny; they are light weight and deliver some of the best images in the binoculars industry. The binocular is perfect for big game hunting in the west and trailing white tails. The Predator binocular is ideal for low light viewing and features a focusing wheel that is extremely easy to handle. In this regard, the binocular may also be used for such activities as turkey hunting and bow hunting. The unit also uses the CAT (colour adjusted transmission) type of coating by the manufacturer. This technology allows the prey to ‘stand out’ from its surrounding as soon as it comes to view. If you are willing to pay the high price, this binocular is one of the best hunting binoculars in the market today.
Prior to buying any binoculars model in the market today, it is highly advisable that you go through user reviews on the product. This will give you insight into how good or bad the unit is. You may also need to look at the manufacturer’s terms and conditions on your preferred binocular before buying it. With such considerations in place, you will be in a better position to buy a binocular that will meet your requirements and serve you for a log period. Regardless of your preferences, the hunting binocular models mentioned above are some of the best for your hunting expeditions.
The act of calling predators doesn’t have to be complicated. Some hunters prefer to use mouth-blown calling devices, but in many situations, they can be very inconvenient. They’re also not quite as versatile as electronic callers. To use a mouth-blown device, you must blow extremely hard, so it can leave you gasping for air, which is a problem.
Electronic coyote calls operate using recorded sounds and can be operated with a remote control. When compared to their mouth-blown counterparts, electronic coyote calls have several advantages to offer.
When shopping for an electronic coyote call, there are several considerations to make. First, it’s important to consider the weight of the product. For the best results, get a product that is lightweight. You don’t want to spend your entire hunting trip lugging around a heavy device.
The best coyote calls have minimal parts. If you lose any parts in the woods, there is a good chance that you’ll never get them back. It’s a good idea to consider the size and quantity of speakers. Larger speakers can produce more sound, but they tend to be much heavier.
Many coyote calls have at least two speakers, but there are several options that have only one. There are even systems that have four individual speakers.
If you want to add video to the setup, you’ll need to get a product that allows for this functionality. The quality of the sound produced by the product is just as important as the overall loudness.
The stores are packed with many different types of calls, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. However, if you keep it simple, you can get a great product and avoid wasting your time. The better coyote calls give you several different sounds to choose from, but you shouldn’t need more than a few.
Electronic callers are the best products because they can be operated with a remote. As a hunter, the ability to remotely call a coyote is huge. Once the device has been set up, you can call a coyote from a distance, so the animal isn’t heading directly towards you.
The goal is to get the coyote to come to the call and not the hunter. Once it gets close enough, the coyote will be focused on the call, so you’ll be able to take a shot and avoid scaring the animal off.
Even if you have the best electronic coyote call, you’ll never have any luck if you don’t go where the animals are. You can find an abundance of coyotes in Texas and Florida, but you might not be able to travel that far for your hunting trip.
If you haven’t seen any coyotes on your trail cameras, you can always ask some local farmers. By setting up where there is no evidence of coyotes, you’re wasting your time. Below, you’ll find reviews for the best coyote calls on the market, so you can choose the model that seems like the best fit for your needs.
If you’re not on a serious budget, the Primos Alpha Dogg is a top product to consider. It’s powerful enough to transmit sound across large distances. This product is from a well-known brand, and it has been designed to withstand some of the toughest environments imaginable.
The Primos Alpha Dogg has been tested and proven in most hunting environments and uses a rotating speaker system. As the speakers rotate they deliver sound in all directions, so the odds of a wild coyote hearing the calls are significantly increased.
By producing realistic, dynamic sounds, it will draw the coyotes to you. The Primos Alpha Dogg delivers high-quality, crisp sound and comes with an ergonomic remote. To make your life easier, it has a full-color display, and the control layout is designed for simplicity.
This product comes with 64 sounds, which have been digitally mastered. You can even remove or add sounds to the memory within the device. You can use it to play custom distress calls, which can be obtained from several online sources.
There is enough memory in the Primos Alpha Dogg to store 1,000 different calls. An LCD screen makes the programing easy to read, and the remote is good up to a distance of 200 yards. Unlike some competing products, the Primos Alpha Dogg has a motion sensor, so it can start playing distress calls when it detects a coyote.
If you’re looking for something that isn’t as expensive, the Primos Turbo Dogg is worth considering. This device will automatically increase your hunting game, so you’ll get even more enjoyment out of hunting. Like other electronic call devices, this product is designed to be set up and watched.
With a realistic camouflage pattern, the Primos Turbo Dogg is very difficult to spot, and the camouflage design makes it especially difficult for coyotes to see. Since it comes with a remote, you can remotely operate the device from up to 150 yards away.
The Primos Turbo Dogg was named after the 25-watt amplifier built into it. The amplifier increases the sound output and delivers loud, realistic coyote calls. When a coyote is getting close, you can adjust the unit’s sound. The Primos Turbo Dogg comes equipped with 36 calls, and it even has pre-programed hunts.
Since there are many different calls to choose from, you can select the best calls for each individual hunt. You can draw coyotes to you with the pre-programmed hunts because they’re good for 10 to 20 minutes of sound. You even have the option to add additional calls.
Like other Primos products, this device is made from high-quality materials and has been tested in a variety of environments. The Turbo Dogg can blast coyote calls long distances, and with a remote range of 150 yards, you can always control it at a distance.
The USB port is handy because it allows you to download custom sounds. The 25-watt amplifier is the best feature and delivers plenty of loud, high-quality sound.
Here is an excellent product for hunters who’re on a budget. It’s a small, versatile device, and it’s very easy to carry around. The device is shaped like a large flashlight and can be carried on your hip. The ICOtec GC300 is designed for remote use, so you can use it from a distance.
The remote control is one of the top features that this product has to offer. The ICOtec GC300 can be described as loud, durable and affordable. It doesn’t offer all of the bells and whistles that you’d get from high-end products, but in most situations, it should get the job done.
Due to the simplicity, it’s one of the best coyote calls for beginners. It’s very easy to use and doesn’t involve confusing programming. You don’t have to memorize long sequences of numbers and can quickly activate the device.
Although it’s a cheaper product, the ICOtec GC300 comes loaded with features. The remote control is one of its best features because it offers an operating range of 300 yards. Unlike some of the alternatives, the remote doesn’t require a clear line of sight.
It has an external speaker jack, and the button controls are easy to use. Although it works particularly well for attracting coyotes, the ICOtec GC300 can be used to call a variety of animals. Overall, it offers great value for the money, and it’s affordable on almost any budget.
This is another affordable coyote call. The Cass Creek Mega Amp is one of the cheapest products available, but it has several great features to offer. As an electronic game call, this device is effective for attracting coyotes. One of its greatest features is the single-hand control, which lets you operate the device with one hand.
It has 10 different calls to choose from and produces louder sound that most products in the same price range. For optimal versatility, the Cass Creek Mega Amp Predator Call weighs only 2.7 pounds and has a length of nine inches. A single trigger is used to activate the device.
It has an LED indicator light and can be attached to a belt. With an enhanced speaker system, the CC416 delivers sounds further than many competing models. If you’re looking for an affordable, hand-held device, this product is worth considering.
Here is one of the best coyote calls for beginners. the Foxpro Inc Deadbone DB1 comes equipped with 15 top-notch sounds and has a rugged ABS housing. It uses a single speaker to call coyotes to you, and although it’s quite small, the speaker has no problem delivering loud, clear sound.
Like almost all other electronic predator calls, this device comes with a remote control, so you can operate it at a distance. If you’re new to hunting and need a reliable way to attract coyotes, this could be the perfect product for you.
Any hunter will tell you that their rifle is a truly valued possession that they do not want to damage. Bumping your gun into anything on the way out into the field can be the hit that does your gun in, so to avoid having a casualty before you even take a shot, it is best to protect your rifle with a case. Having a durable case also gives you a place to store your rifle during the off season, which means that it will be in good condition when hunting season rolls around. If you are looking for a new case to protect your rifle, then it is best to find one that suits your needs before your first big hunt this year, but researching all of the options available to you can be a time consuming process, so we have put together this guide to point you in the right direction. Let’s begin by identifying the different types of rifle cases you can purchase.
• Hard Case
As you can most likely guess, hard rifle cases are the best way to protect your case, but that is not the only feature you want to consider. The inside of a hard case will be covered in a foam material that is designed to hold your gun in place. This layer of protection should be able to keep the gun from shifting at all while you are carrying it. They do offer a great layer of protection for your rifle against impact and incidents that may cause damage, but they are not the easiest thing to carry around.
• Soft Case
Soft cases are a cheaper alternative when you don’t want to purchase a solid case, but they also offer less protection for your rifle. The material of these softer cases is much lighter as well, so they are easier to carry for long distances. In addition, some soft cases are actually waterproof, so they may be preferred by those who hunt waterfowl.
• Tactical Case
Tactical cases can have a soft or a hard exterior, but the main feature offered by this type of case is the fact that it has an extremely heavily padded interior that provides additional protection to your gun.
• TSA Approved Case
If you have ever traveled by plane for a hunting trip, you know that taking your gun with you can be a difficult process. TSA has specific guidelines relating to guns, and to be able to take your gun with you on the plane, all of them must be followed. A TSA approved rifle case may cost a bit more to purchase, but you know that it will be acceptable to use for transport. These cases are typically hard cases that have locking mechanisms so that the gun is secure while the plane is in the air.
• Double Gun Case
If you use more than one rifle, a good way to save some money is to purchase a rifle case that can accommodate two guns. These types of cases can be both hard and soft case varieties, so make sure to consider a double gun case if it fits your needs.
Hard cases can be comprised out of any material from a durable hard plastic to a strong, lightweight aluminum. Some tactical cases are made from a reinforced fiber compound that offers additional protection to the weapon. Soft cases are often made out of a durable material, such as leather, tweed, or nylon; in fact, some cases are made out of neoprene. Decide which type of material will provide you with the durability you need before making a purchase.
• Size and Padding
When you consider size, you are going to need to make sure that the case is long enough for the gun to fit inside. Leave an inch or two on all sides of the gun, and make sure to include space for your scopes or other accessories that you typically use. In addition, the padding needs to be sufficient enough to provide a secure place for your rifle.
Having a waterproof case protects your rifle when you are hunting waterfowl, but it also gives you protection in the event that you are caught in a downpour during your hunting trip.
• Security Features
It is a great idea to have a locking mechanism on your rifle case, as this ensures that it is secure during travel as well as safely out of your children’s hands when the gun is being stored in the home. No matter how long you have been hunting, gun safety should always be a concern, especially if you live around children.
The Pelican 1750 is a hard rifle case that is 50.5 inches long, 13.5 inches wide, and 5.25 inches deep. It features a strong, yet lightweight design that is waterproof, dustproof, and crushproof. It also features a triple layer of protective foam, so you can feel assured that this case will protect your rifle from any unforeseen calamity. In fact, this case is even designed to increase the interior air pressure to keep any water from entering the case. The latches are designed to be extra durable, but also easy to open, so you do not have to struggle with the double latch feature while out in the field. In addition, the padlock protectors are made from reinforced stainless steel.
Our next pick is a soft rifle case that fits a gun that is up to 43 inches long. Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement Tactical Rifle Case is crafted from 600 denier woven fabric that has been padded and coated to add another layer of protection. All of the stitching on the case is double stitched to ensure that the seams have the strength that they require to keep your gun safe. To ensure that your gun does not get scratched during transit, there is an interior flap that is designed to put a barrier between the gun and the zipper. There are five ammo pockets on the side of the case as well as an additional pocket to store any additional accessories that you may need while you are out hunting. In addition, this case is fitted with a shoulder strap as well as wraparound carry handles.
The Plano tactical gun case is another hard case that is designed to protect your rifle from heavy hits and impacts that may occur. The 42 inch case is made from heavy duty materials that are not only durable; they are water proof as well. When the case is locked with it’s drawn down latches, the seal that is created is also air tight, which is a viable method for keeping any water out of the case. The foam inserts inside this case are completely customizable, so you can adjust them to fit your rifle. In addition, this case is TSA approved, so it may be a great option for you to consider if you travel a lot.
Our next rifle case is another soft case style, but this time it is capable of holding and storing two rifles, which makes it one of the most economically friendly options on this list. It is a tactical case, so that means that it has additional padding and durability that some soft cases do not have. There are several pockets on this case; in fact, they can carry about 6 rifle mags at once, and each of the pockets can be locked in place to keep the bullets secure. The unit can be carried by way of the shoulder strap or the backpack straps that are designed to give you a few options to make carrying two rifles a bit easier.
The Condor double rifle case is also designed to accommodate more than one rifle. It is another soft style case that is made from durable material designed to protect your guns. The interior area can easily hold two 36 inch long rifles, and the outer pockets are designed to carry small pistols, ammo, or other accessories that you may need while you are hunting. The middle divider is removable in the event that you need more space, and since this case is designed to carry multiple guns, was designed with backpack straps to make it easier to carry.
Since many hunters spend a good bit of money on their rifles, it is only logical that you would want to protect them. The recommendations listed above are all great ways to make sure that your firearm is safe, secure, and out of harm’s way when it is not in use, but if these cases are not to your liking, then hopefully this guide has helped lead you towards one that you will wish to purchase. If you hunt with more than one rifle, then a versatile case that can accommodate more than one gun may be to your advantage. No matter what rifle case you decide to go with, make sure that it is a durable option that will last you for many hunting seasons. Safe hunting!
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to be thankful for what they have, but it also gives us hunters a reason to find a bird for the table. Hunting turkeys is a difficult task that is not easy; in fact, it can be nearly impossible without the help of a turkey call. A typical turkey is not going to just wander into the range of your gun, so luring them in is required, but there are a plethora of different call types that you can choose form. Do you want to imitate the purr of a hen or the gobble of a tom? This guide is designed to help you determine which call is right for you at your level of hunting skill. Let’s first take a look at the different types of turkey calls that you can purchase and some of the considerations you should make before purchasing a call.
There are several types of turkey calls that you can use during your hunt. Here is a list of some of the more common types that hunters may use:
When you purchase a new turkey call, there are a few considerations that you should make. First, the pitch of the call you are purchasing will lure different turkeys to you. It is best to have a few different pitch options to choose from, so that your calls are not limited in any way. The second consideration you need to make is how much raspiness is in the call. When a turkey ages, so does the sound of their call, so it is good to have a range at your fingertips when you are hunting for turkey. Even if your call has a good pitch and a raspy tone, if you cannot make the device create a sound, then you have completely wasted your time and efforts.
Now that you have a good idea of the different type of turkey calls that are available as well as the features that you should consider before making a purchase, it is time to look at some of the great turkey call options that are available on the market. Here are five of the turkey calls that we recommend as great options to try the next time you go turkey hunting.
The Wicked Series Friction Call is manufactured by a company called Zinc Calls, which is a company that strives to create durable calls that produce an unmatched quality of sound that gets the job done. This friction turkey call is one of the only ones that are available on the market that features impregnated wood. Infusing acrylic into the beautiful Brazilian Cherry pan creates a waterproof seal that allows you to create a call using this tool in any type of weather. The tool is designed with a non-slip grip as well as a built-in sweet spot to give you the perfect, soft call. If you are seeking a friction turkey call that can create a large range of sounds, then this is a great option for you to try.
Primos has been creating turkey calls for decades, and each of their precision cut reeds are hand cut and crafted to perfection. Their Hook Hunter Turkey Mouth Call is available in two different varieties, both of which are sold together in a single pack. The Hook Hunter sharp is designed with a spike cut that is capable of creating almost any type of turkey call. The second variation is a two inch Hook Hunter that sports a ghost cut. This type of cut is perfect for creating softer calls that a hen might create, such as purrs or a kee-kee. Using a very low amount of air, you can create a wide range of sounds that are so authentic that a tom may not be able to tell the difference between a real hen and the call.
As stated with our last pick, Primos, the company who manufactures this turkey call, has been trusted by hunters for decades. The Hook Up Magnetic Call Box is crafted from high quality materials that are designed to be a durable tool to use in outdoor environments. The hinge is designed to keep the paddle in place, but it also provides the right amount of tension to create many of the cuts, purrs, gobbles, and yelps that you could hear from a turkey in the wild. The friction from the pivot is perfect for creating a wide pitch range, and the paddle can even be removed if it makes too much noise in the woods. In addition, no tuning or adjustments are ever required for this unit, so you will be able to make a call whenever you are ready.
The next turkey call on this list is another quality call that you function with your mouth. Hunters specialties has created a diaphragm turkey call that can easily be used by adults or teenagers, as the actual unit is designed to be smaller than typical diaphragm calls so that it can fit into smaller mouths more comfortably. Even though the size of this call is slightly smaller, the design packs quite a bit of punch to make sure that the tool can produce a large range of high quality turkey sounds. The best part is that the call uses infinity latex, which makes it easier to use, as this material requires less air to create an accurate sound. These turkey calls are sold in packs of three, and each of them create a different sound. The trio offers a Double D design with two extra thin reeds, a Raspy Old Hen call that is designed with two very thin reeds that are double split, and a Split V II call with two split V top reeds.
The next turkey call on our list is another friction based call, but this one is created by Knight and Hale. The all wood tool is constructed to create two different turkey sounds. One side produces a loud, high pitched sound, which resembles that of a hen, while the other produces a much lower, raspier gobble. The unit is designed to be 100 percent waterproof, so you can expect the same type of performance in any type of weather; in fact, the sound will even be able to be heard through heavy downpours and high winds. Unlike many turkey calls, chalking and conditioning is not required for this call. In addition, the two wooden aspects of this tool are connected by a screw, so unlike the first box call we reviewed, this one does not easily come apart.
As you are most likely aware, simply by reading this article, not all turkey calls are created equally. In fact, the one you select will not be the same one that your friend thinks is best, as your personal skill level, when it comes to hunting turkeys, is a big factor in which one you select. Relying on the opinion of others instead of finding a turkey call that is versatile and fits your style is what will decide whether you bag a turkey or whether you go home empty handed. Hopefully this guide has helped you find a turkey call that will have you in your hunting glory next turkey season. Happy Hunting!
Are you searching for the best sling for your hunting rifle? If so, it’s important to have knowledge about the basics. You need to know what to look for in a rifle sling and what details you should consider based on your specific hunting situation.
Obviously, we will start with the traditional rifle sling. It’s the most popular rifle sling design as well as the original style.
It has two points that connect to the front and back end of the rifle. This design allows it to be worn over the shoulder, around the neck, or across the hunter’s back. They are typically created to serve as shooting assistant as well as toting relief. Many hunters prefer the traditional rifle sling since the carrying strap makes life easier if there’s a lot of hiking and walking through wooded terrain.
Most traditional rifle sling designs give the hunter the option to adjust the straps for easy transition from toting to shooting.
The three point rifle sling has only two points but attaches in a third location- the shooter’s body. This happens since the rifle sling is created with a circle of material that securely wraps around the shooter’s waist and thus the rifle is successfully attached to the shooter.
What’s the advantage to the three point sling design?
The three point rifle sling is advantageous in the fact that it says attached to the shooter even when the rifle isn’t held in shooting position. It’s still conveniently accessible to the shooter once the rifle is released. This comes in handy in many hunting situations such as instances where a lot of running needs to take place immediately after the shot.
The single point rifle sling works by allowing the shooter to easily and quickly switch between the shoulders. It’s worn over the head and under the arm which makes it very convenient during operation. The single point attaches to the rifle underneath the stock. The purpose of the single point rifle sling is to keep the rifle on the front side of the shooter at all times This ensures that the rifle is not in the way of the sidearms in which the shooter would have quick access to.
Naturally, if a hunter or shooter chooses to go with the single point sling, he must be aware that once the rifle is released, it has the tendency to get in the way of any hunting gear or strategic movements. This happens since the rifle usually dangles in front of the hunter as it’s attached to the shooter in a single point.
Other important aspects to note is that the single point sling isn’t the best choice for providing rifle weight relief during those long hunting trips. Typically, they’re only designed for providing assistance during the shooting process.
Most seasoned experts don’t recommend the single point rifle sling for hunters that are toting the rifle for long distances or long days. It’s best to have a rifle sling that provides rifle weight relief and doesn’t easily get in the way of movement or hunting gear.
Rifle slings are known for being sturdy since they involve toting a hunting firearm. The size of the rifle sling depends on the size of the rifle, naturally. However, they typically come in two standard widths of 1 inch or 1.25 inches. Usually, rifle slings are constructed from leather or sturdy nylon. It really depends on the brand and style that you choose. If you enjoy the hunting style, a genuine, leather rifle sling may be for you. Many companies add decorative stitching to their leather rifle slings and are often designed with features involving horse hair, colorful threads and more. The leather rifle slings often make great and memorable gifts for years to come.
However, the nylon rifle slings are less focused on the decorative value and more focused on the utility of the product. They are weather resistant, highly durable and very lightweight. This provides a great addition to an already hefty hunting rifle. Often times, the nylon rifle slings have rubber grips and pads that make it easier for use and protect from slipping.
As far as comfort is concerned, most rifle slings had soft padding that’s sewn into it. This is something to consider seriously if you plan on wearing your rifle for long walking distances. However, some serious hunters may frown upon some padded rifle slings since it can get in the way of some performances. Again, it all depends on your personal preference and hunting situation.
Other things to consider when shopping for the best rifle sling is how it could impact your hunting success. Some rifle sling designs could negatively impact the hunt by causing distraction with the prey. Don’t worry! There are camouflaged rifle slings for nearly every hunting location. Obviously, colors such as brown and black are always a safe bet as well.
Obviously, if you’re reading this then you’re searching for some of the best rifle slings on the market. Now that you know the basics, let’s take a look at some great rifle slings on Amazon. There are many out there for nearly any hunting scenario!
The Allen Neoprene Rifle Sling has a stellar star rating on Amazon and is available at a very low price!
It’s neoprene design also comes with the Realtree AP camouflage features for a classic, hunter’s style.
Many customers love that the Allen Neoprene Rifle Sling comes with five cartridge loops to store ammunition. That’s very convenient for those cold hunting days!
The rifle sling also offers a “Sharkskin” back that provides slip proof capabilities. This is super reliable on those pesky, wet and rainy days. The neoprene provides comfortable cushioning for a comfortable experience.
It’s been swivel tested to 300 pounds. However, we wouldn’t recommend the neoprene for the heaviest of hunting rifles. It works great with lighter hunting rifles.
The Yahill 2 Point Rifle Sling is available on Amazon with an excellent star rating and super low price. Not only would this rifle sling go easy on the wallet, but it offers reliability and durability. It’s made out of sturdy, nylon material that’s created to last a long time.
It’s available in two colors: khaki and black.
The metal snap hooks are designed to attach to most rifles and offer fast deployment and accessibility. In fact, the Yahill is designed with a release clip and steel sliders that allow you to adjust with one hand!
The Yahill is available in two convenient sizes: large and medium. The large size has a length of 4.4 feet to 6.1 feet with the clip included. The medium size has a length of 3.5 feet to 4.4 feet with the clip included. The adjustable length makes it an overall one-size-fits-all ordeal.
As for other features, it is equipped with a heavy duty bungee that is designed to aid with point shooting and quick adjustments. This is really helpful during difficult situations.
The elastic hook covers are helpful in preventing snags which can be a common nuisance with rifle slings.
The only thing to truly consider with this particular rifle sling is that it’s very lengthy. If you’re searching for a lengthy rifle sling, then this would be a great choice for you. Many customers enjoy the extra length while others do not.
The Paracord Rifle Sling also has an excellent high star rating on Amazon. In fact, it’s currently the most inexpensive on our list of rifle slings. It’s available in several colors: dark brown, black, woodland camo, desert camo and ACU digital.
This 2 point rifle sling is special because it has 25 feet of 500 pound commercial Paracord wrapped around it. The Paracord is over 15 feet in length and approximately a half inch thick. The Paracord is conveniently woven over two layers of synthetic cotton that is rot resistant and incredibly durable. The sling even comes with a comfortable shoulder pad that’s covered in the synthetic cotton material.
The Paracord Rifle Sling comes with a plastic tri-glide on each end. An extra wide tri-glide is located in the center of the rifle sling to give the hunter the opportunity to easily change the webbing length as well as minimizing the occurrence of strap tails and snags.
The great advantage of the synthetic cotton material is that it’s as comfortable as natural cotton but incredibly durable with its rot resistant abilities.
Customers really love that this particular rifle sling comes with the 25 foot Paracord. It offers versatility in that it’s very useful in the wild for a wide array of incidents.
Now that we’ve shared with you the basics on rifle slings and the best ones available on the market, it’s time for you to go shopping!
Elk hunting is a very exciting sport that many people enjoy. Elk hunting requires skill and the art of making critical shots. Hunting is a skill learned over the years and requires practice. A critical tool used in elk hunting is a bugle that can call the elk, so they can come and investigate calls that the bugle makes. Once the elk comes within range you can take that critical shot and enjoy the reward of your hard effort. Today, we will explore more about elk hunting and what to look for in an ideal bugle.
The common practice of attracting an elk and make it come closer is by using artificial elk bugles. Since every elk communicates with one another to send a certain message, imitating the sound can help you in your goal to make them respond.
If you happen to be in the field near a herd, you may notice that one elk herd moves in a direction of another upon hearing a bugle. However, not all bugles are responded to. By understanding the reason for each bugle call and the situation in which it occurs will surely give you an advantage to get them to come closer to you.
As a hunter, you may wish you were on the position where an elk is heading because of a call. Because of this, imitating the same sound using an artificial elk bugle becomes the means to attract them.
Keep in mind that elk are elusive and at the same time aggressive. They are elusive because they will run away when they become suspicious of anything around them. Ironically, they are aggressive when such suspicion sometimes angered them for the reason that they are challenged, so they may attack anything that becomes a threat.
The goal in elk hunting is not to chase an elk or to be chased by it. Your goal as a hunter is to attract it and make a shot when it’s within an acceptable range. To do so, imitating a sound that makes any of them respond is the key. Therefore, using an artificial elk bugle will help you get an elk come closer.
An elk bugle is not just a simple sound that can be imitated. A single type of sound may mean one thing in one situation and may mean another different thing in another situation. In other words, similar bugles can have different meanings depending on the situation.
The period between August and September is usually the Elks’ mating period. During such period, bugles are commonly heard all day. Consequently, they respond quickly to every bugle. After the mating period, they are quiet most of the time. Any noise may be strange for elks, so they tend to be cautious and become elusive. This is not an ideal season for hunting elk. Because of this, the same sound that attracts them in the mating period is what may scare them after such a period.
On the other hand, this does not mean that you can simply use an artificial elk bugle in the hunting period. There are still different sound and different situations you should understand.
First, a bugle in one type of terrain could mean a call or just a simple communication that can be ignored. A bull that bugles outside the herd may post a challenge against an alpha male within the herd, and may attract it for a fight while a bugle from another male within the same herd is something that has no significance for other bulls.
Secondly, not all bugles are the same. A bull’s bugle is different from that of a cow. The sound of a cow may attract a bull. However, the sound from an old cow will simply get ignored by most bulls.
On top of that, most cows are not attracted by a bull’s bugle. They only go to the direction of a bugle when the sound seems to be coming from a lost member of the herd. Perhaps, the reason is to save the lost one, or they simply respond out of curiosity.
Lastly, most elk that bugle, especially in the season around August and September simply want to say, “I am present.” It means the bugle is just a sign that an elk declares his affiliation with the herd.
Like bull fighting, the thrill in elk hunting is not on how you hit the target. It is at very the moment when the bull is approaching. It means the bull has to approach to finish the game. However, the danger lies in simple mistakes that novice hunters may commit. The mistakes may happen when the timing is not perfect.
Elk bulls are not just robots that are programmed to have a definite response to a particular bugle. They have an instinct to become aggressive when they find threat or when they get irritated. It means that a bull would approach after hearing a bugle not just because he is sure to have found another bull to challenge. Most of the time, he is curious whether this threat is something that he can stop or ignore.
When a bull finds out that the bugle that challenges him is coming from an unexpected weaker creature such as human that he can push away, he will become more aggressive. Therefore, the possibility that an elk bull will attack the hunter is always there. This is the primary thing that an elk hunter must avoid because it may not only fail him in the competition but may also endanger his life. This danger takes place when the artificial elk bugle produces a wrong sound. The bull may confuse the sound with another weaker creature than with another bull that is challenging him.
To avoid such danger, it is highly important that the artificial you are using is designed to produce an accurate sound that serves its purpose. It should be an exact bugle that the bull may expect. Therefore, choosing your artificial elk bugle is critical.
Your success in elk hunting really depends on you elk bugles. Not all elk bugle products are the same. They are manufactured according to purposes. Moreover, specific products that are made for a certain use may vary in quality and accuracy of producing the sound.
Understanding the nature and behavior of elks will help you choose which kind of elk bugles you should buy. Nevertheless, there are elk bugles that are designed to produce a particular sound and purpose. Here are the things you should look for in an elk bugle:
This is actually your ultimate purpose why you are using an artificial elk bugle. You can hardly get any elk to come closer to you unless the elk is a bull that is protecting his herd from an outsider bull. Your target is this kind of bull that is responding to another bull’s bugle. Your product should sound as though it is coming from such a bull that challenges an alpha male in the herd. A bull’s elk bugle product is perfect for this situation.
Once again, your target is a bull, so you can also use the sound of a cow to attract him, especially during mating season. Furthermore, using a cow’s bugle may reduce the bull’s aggressiveness to attack. Instead, he may stop to also attract the cow that he thought producing the bugle. The strategy behind this is for you to prepare a shot after getting closer. You can first use a bull’s elk bugle and a cow’s bugle afterward. Sometimes, a cow’s bugle alone is enough during the mating period.
This is rare. Bulls rarely respond to rescue. It is the cow that is very curious when a bugle seems like from the one that is asking for help. Even so, bulls may also approach along with cows or other bulls. However, this could be more dangerous as not only one bull may respond but two or more because elks are also social animals.
As an elk hunter, this type of elk bugle product is very important. When a bull becomes more aggressive than expected, you can produce a bugle sound to calm him. It means that the sound may give a message to the bull that he should not worry because the sound speaks as if another elk is saying he is one with him. This is used for safety purpose.
Elk bugles are available in the market. There is an abundance of them online. Here are the top elk bugles you can buy for your elk hunting adventures. They are all available at Amazon.com and other leading online shops.
This product is produced by Hunter Specialties. It has a mouthpiece and removable grunt tube. Its mouthpiece has Infinity Latex that can easily make a call. This elk bugle can be used by both beginners and professional hunters. You won’t have to worry about how to use it because it includes an instructional video in DVD.
Primos Hunting Bullet Bugle Elk Call is produced by Primos Hunting. This product is designed to carry easily in the field because it is light and compact. In addition, you can flexibly manipulate the sound.
is a product of Bugling Bull. It is a palate plate diaphragm that bugles and calls big bulls. The palate is placed into your mouth in your upper teeth to give you more control on the latex. Using your tongue pressure, you can change the notes. This gives you full control of the sound, and is perfect if you are very much aware of every elk sound.
Bully Bull Extreme Elk Call is manufactured by Rocky Mountain Radar. It is designed to produce different bugle sounds.
This is another product of Bugling Bull. This elk bugle produces cow and calf bugles to attract bulls. This is a perfect choice to use along with other elk bugles such as the bull elk bugle.
The above products are just a few of the many elk bugles you can buy. But they are one of the most useful products to use because they will help you complete all the purposes you will need to achieve during your elk hunting. It is best to read the manufacturer’s instructions for better understanding of features and functions. Nevertheless, it is your knowledge about the nature and behavior of elk that matters even in choosing which elk bugles to use.
In case you need a dose of inspiration, here are a couple awesome videos of bull elk doing what they do best!