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Hunting Binocular FAQs:
What are the benefits of using binoculars for long range shooting accuracy?
First, so you can scan your territory. Within a few minutes you can scan your entire field. That’s all you’re looking for – a quick way to see if there are any prey or predators hanging around. Or worse – hikers or other hunters. Second, by using binoculars to track your prey, you can get a better feel for how and when to take them down. You get a closer view to see if hazards will be popping up. By taking a handful of seconds to identify and then track your target with binoculars, you come up with a better plan for takedown. Next, confirmation of target impact. When you’re out in the woods, if you’ve got a buddy with a good pair of long range binoculars you cannot only confirm the hit and start tracking a sprinter, but he can keep an eye on the target while you reload or adjust in case of a miss. At the range, you can better dial in your shooting
Finally, safety. Yes – safety. Verify the movement was a deer and not a hunter. Keep an eye on hazards, and not wondering, “where did that mountain lion go?”
Which magnification is best when choosing hunting binoculars?
Believe it or not, it’s not just about magnification; it’s’ about light that makes it to your eye, the field of view, and high quality lens coating. Prism type, glass type, and image stabilization are also considerations.
Let’s do the math: on a pair of 10x binoculars, the object appears 10 times closer. But that’s not necessarily the important number. The second number is the lens diameter. Divide the first number into the second number and you get the diameter of light you see. So while 10×42 seems like better magnification, on a pair of 8×42 you get a wider beam of light – and that wider beam of light means a better image.
Should a long rifle have mounted optics or can you use binoculars for hunting?
All rifles should have long range hunting scopes mounted on them, period. Expecting accurate target acquisition without a scope is like shooting blindfolded. All hunters should carry binoculars. Shooting at an acquired target into a blind environment is just plain dangerous. When used together, binoculars and scopes give you the view needed to safely acquire your target.