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Hunting Binoculars – How To Choose

Hunting Binoculars

Hunting binoculars are an essential ingredient to a hunting expedition, so before you embark on one it would be wise for you to do your homework and find the right pair for you. Some hunters swear to the fact that having a pair of hunting binoculars at hand can prove to be just as important, if not more, as having a rifle at hand. Hunting binoculars are used for a variety of reasons when hunting including using them to search the area you intend to hunt through, and to get a better idea on the location of your target. For all these different reasons, you need to keep in mind different features that you need your binoculars to have.

  • Objective Lens Size

Objective Lens SizeThe prime time to hunt according to most hunters is either dawn or dusk. These are the times at which your game is most active and hence there is a higher chance that you would be able to hunt multiples animals. However, at these times also there is lower visibility as the sun is yet to rise or has already set, so you need binoculars which are enabled with the feature that allows clear visibility even in low light situations.

When it comes to objective lenses, the basic rule is this; the bigger the size of the lens the better the view for you when you hunt in low light conditions. Some minor factors concerning the lens would also affect how well you see through it, these include the quality of the lens you buy and the coating on the lens, which would seriously affect your view. However, as with most things the bigger the lens you wish to buy, the higher the price tag attached to it. In addition to that, the bigger the lens, the heavier the weight of the binoculars.

  • Magnification

The magnification of the lens of the binoculars is just as important as the objective lens; where the objective lens allows you to view the game with clarity in the dark, the magnification allows you to zoom in to its exact location. However, though most people are quick to jump to the conclusion that like the objective lens, the higher the magnification of the lens, the better the binoculars, this is not actually the case. The larger the magnification, the more limited your field of view is and you are also unable to view the game as being still, as at a magnified view it will seem to be constantly moving.


  • Binocular Durability

The next thing to keep in mind in terms of the features of the binoculars is that they should be seriously durable and able to take some roughing up. Hunting binoculars are meant to be used in varying weather conditions so it would be beneficial to you if they came with a waterproof and fog-proof features as then you wouldn’t have to worry about keeping them safe from rain, nor would you be blocked by foggy lens to get a view of your game.

  • Special Lens Coatings

If you are very particular and proficient at hunting, then these specially coated lenses might just be the right fit for you. The special thing about the coating on these lenses is that it makes the colors of the foliage such as the different shades of greens dulled out, while the colors of your choice of game such as browns and reds are made to stand out so you spot your target straight away, rather than having to search for it for a prolonged period of time

  • Rangefinder Binoculars

Rangefinder BinocularsModern technology does not mean only that new inventions be brought out, but it also implies there would be improvements to the older versions of things. The LED screen is one such modern technology that has attempted to make an improvement in binoculars. Some brands of binoculars have introduced LED screens in to binoculars so that when you find your target in your binoculars view, you can then simply press a button on the binoculars which will display to you the exact distance at which the game is. This measurement will be displayed over the view that you see through the viewfinder and is in fact quite a remarkable innovation.

  • Eye Relief

This feature is more of importance for hunters who wear eye glasses. Normally, the binoculars available would not be easy to use in conjunction with your eye glasses, as you would not be able to bring your eyes as close to the binoculars’ lens as possible. In such a case, you would need binoculars with longer eye relief which would make it easier for you to see the view, though you would still not be able to press your eyes against the binoculars’ lens.

How To Choose The Best Deer-Trailing Cameras

How To Choose The Best Deer-Trailing Cameras

As Spring starts to set in, with it comes the rapid approach of whitetail deer hunting. And, for many hunters, it will be time to set up those trail cameras. These devices are an essential part of scouting and tracking deer for today’s hunter, and so it is important that those who are on the market for one keep an eye out for a few things to guarantee a good purchase. Trail cameras, or at least ones worth their salt, are not cheap, but making a good investment on a quality camera will ensure effective patterning, which can contribute to a successful Spring hunting season.

How To Choose The Best Deer-Trailing CamerasFirst and foremost, consider battery life when considering a trail camera purchase. Keep an eye on the specs and features of a camera, and see if these list how long the camera’s battery lasts in operation. If there is no information on average battery life, look into the type of battery being used in the camera. Typically, Lithium-based batteries have the longest life of all types, and are especially durable in cold weather. Since trail cameras are often in operation away from the person who set it up, it is important that you know the battery will be able to last for the weeks, or even months, it’ll be in operation. After all, like most electronics, the device’s usefulness is hamstrung if it suddenly dies due to low battery power. You are going to want a battery life suitable for your own needs. Consider how long you will have the camera set out for, and consider how much longer-life batteries cost.

Infrared Flash is also a feature you should keep your eye out for. While many people still swear by regular, light flash cameras, these can spook away many bucks, regardless of their size. Conversely, no-flash cameras are fine during the day, but unless they have some other sort of night-vision functionality, they are nigh useless in the dark. Infrared flash, which emits a light signal that is beyond a deer’s sense of sight, will still guarantee an illuminated picture without scaring off bucks and does.

Finally, one should also expect to do a fair amount of online research before making a final purhcase. Pay attention to online reviews of trail cameras, not only on retailer sites like Amazon, but also on websites that have their own sections dedicated to reviewing trail cameras. Typically, websites who are dedicated to trail cameras offer the most detailed and accurate reviews, sometimes with actual pictures taken from the camera itself. But keep in mind that the smaller reviews on online retailer websites are also useful, in that they provide a larger number of reviews and a general idea of what many people think of the camera. The key thing to look out for is overall customer satisfaction, and if most people who purchase the camera end up satisfied, and if these people have similar needs to you, then more than likely it will be a purchase worth making. Just remember that the most expensive trail cameras are not always the best ones for your particular needs.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of things to look for in a trail camera. If anything, it is more of a general guideline for some of the most important factors. You will want a reliable battery so the camera doesn’t go out unexpectedly, and you will want a flash attachment or feature that will take good night pictures without scaring off the deer. Doing online research and looking into user reviews will help determine these things, and it will give you a good idea of just how well or poorly a camera is received by those who use it. All in all, there are many things to consider when purchasing a trail camera. You just need to be somewhat informed to make a good purchase on one.

Deer Hunting in South Carolina Spring 2016

white-tailed deer hunting

One of our latest trips took us to South Carolina for white-tailed deer hunting. Back then, we had heard of an incoming bill proposed in the state that would further limit deer-hunting in the state, so we thought it would be best if the six of us were to swing by and get our fill before Big Government swooped down and did that thing they always seem to like doing. God damn, it’s almost like Regulating’s the only thing the Government knows how to do nowadays.

Anyway, we made our way up north from the Buck Run lodge on Bens Road, about 6 or 7 miles up. Turning off of 321, finding a good hunting place wasn’t too difficult. The place we did end up with was pretty nice, lots of trees atop a nice, big hill overlooking two tanks. The view was stunning, especially during the gray early morning. On top of this hill, we went ahead and set up our camp, which was pretty difficult since we had to leave my Chevy Silverado at the base of the hill and carry the stuff up. Since their were five of us, though, things weren’t as drawn out as they could’ve been.

As nice as this place looked at first, it wasn’t that great for hunting the first few days we were there. I don’t know if it was because other hunters in the area had tapped this part dry, or if we were just unlucky. Still, we waited. There was enough evidence in the area to show that there were, in fact, deer in the area. Broken twigs and droppings were everywhere.

One day, one of us, James, said he had seen a big buck trailing a doe some 300 feet from the camp. I asked him why he hadn’t shot the thing, and he said he tried to. Bashfully, he said that his turkey choke was still in his gun when he tried to shoot them. I hadn’t had such a good laugh for so long, I almost forgot to slap that idiot across the back of the head for being such an idiot.

Deer Hunting in South Carolina SpringA few days later, I would come across a big buck. I don’t know if it was the same one James couldn’t shoot, but it was pretty huge, with one of the finest racks I had ever seen. When I spotted it out of the corner of my eye, it was nearby one of the tanks, taking a drink near some tall weeds. My heart was pounding. The buck was less than 20 yards away, and I couldn’t believe how good of a shot I had at him. And, the best part was, it didn’t seem to notice me.

I had to act quickly. I knew my chances at this magnificent buck was dwindling as time passed, even as I double and triple-checked to make sure I had taken out my choke. I wasn’t about to make the same fool mistake James had, not when I had trophy-material practically staring me in the face.

I sat silently, raised my gun for the drop, when suddenly the buck turns to me and charges. I don’t know if something else spooked it. Bucks aren’t known to be this aggressive during this time of year. But the buck was charging at me all the same, and I didn’t have time to consider why or for what this thing was charging for. I had to act quickly. Raising my gun and taking a deep breath to steady my aim, I waited and fired.

The buck charging at me was probably why dropping it was so easy. With the one shot, the thing fell over dead, with bullet holes puncturing the front of its chest. Otherwise, the buck was an emmaculate specimen, with a burly build and a dark brown coat. It was also quite heavy, and quite difficult to carry by myself, so I had to call the guys over to help me load it up in the truck on the other side of the hill.

We went home after that, more than happy with this one buck we had gotten. It was huge, big enough for all five of us. And to this day, I’ll occasionally remind them who dropped that buck.

Why You Should Have a Kayak Fish Finder

should have a kayak fish finder

Fishing is extremely popular, and why wouldn’t it be? Of course a sport that’s practical (you get a meal in the end), relaxing (you spend a lot of time just waiting calmly in a natural environment), and exciting (you experience the thrill of the catch!) would be well-loved by many. How many? Well, in the United States alone, 55 million people went on a fishing trip at least once in 2013, and ten million children fished during that same year. When we picture fishing in our heads, we imagine a lively river, serene lake or dazzling blue ocean, as well as all the gorgeous sights and invigorating fresh air associated with those locales. We imagine bonding with family and friends over a thrilling and relaxing shared activity with a shared goal. Follow that boating expedition with a delicious and nutritious meal that includes fish, and you have a wonderful and wholly fulfilling day.

choose kayak fish finder

Now, if you’re going out on expeditions, you could have an outfitter take you out there and help you find the good fishing spots. Yes, that is an option. But it’s an expensive and temporary option–next time you go to a different location, you have to hire an outfitter again, and pay even more money. We’d all like to save money. So you could instead purchase a fish finder. With this purchase you would become more self-sufficient and infinitely more knowledgeable, equipped with a more permanent and portable solution that can follow you on all your travels.

Furthermore, not only will the fish finder help you pinpoint the location and trajectory of the schools of fish in a given location. Not only will it show you the size and species of those fish. It will also allow you to get a sense of the underwater topography of the body of water on which you are fishing, and to become acquainted with it, all without the need for hiring a guide. The fish finder’s sonar mechanism allows for a great deal of information conveyal–it’s truly ingenious, and it’s the way the most successful fisherman achieve that success.

If catching big fish, and/or larger quantities of fish, is your goal, you just about need a fish finder. If you’re heading out there in a kayak, you can buy a kayak fish finder suited to your exact purposes. You don’t want a big fish finder, one that’s very expensive and suited for a large boat. That wouldn’t make much sense. You need a small fish finder that works with your smaller vessel, your kayak. Luckily, manufacturers produce all kinds of kayak fish finders.

These fish finders tend to be around 4-6 inches or less, so they fit comfortably on a kayak– they’re small and light enough to work with that type of vessel. They can run on a battery, connect to GPS and can even be integrated with your smart phone. That might be surprisingly high-tech for an activity we associate mainly with immersion in nature, but the accuracy and convenience of a kayak fish finder does not detract from the natural beauty or the overall experience at all. It only makes the job of fishing much easier and more satisfying!

In order to determine your ideal purchase, you will want to check out kayak fish finder reviews. These will inform your decision considerably, and very practically–after all, who better than a regular user to determine a product’s strengths and weaknesses?

Having read this, hopefully you now better understand the true value of a kayak fish finders, and have been inspired to seek them out for future fishing excursions!

How Do You Find The Best Fish Finder?

how do you find the best fish finder

Fishing, practiced by humankind for thousands of years, remains an extremely popular activity for fun, food and livelihood. In fact, in the United States, it is the third most popular outdoor sport, behind running and biking. In addition, 55 million Americans took at least one fishing trip in 2013, and spent 41.77 billion dollars doing so [statista.com]. It is also a fairly well liked activity among young people; in 2013, over ten million children in the United States went fishing [statista.com]. While remaining ever popular, fishing has also become increasingly high-tech, just like the rest of our lives. We have smart phones and computers for work and communication, so it comes as no surprise that fishing now has some smart gadgets associated with it, too.

kayak fish finder

The most notable of the fisherman’s “electronic tackle,” so to speak, is the fish finder. Although you can still catch fish with just a fishing rod and some bait, why not improve your chances of a highly successful catch by using a fish finder? This incredible device employs sonar to locate fish and allow the user to map the topography of a body of water. That the device uses sonar means that it sends out sound waves into the water, and then reads the results that bounce back. It displays these results as graphic information on a screen. They are also often combined with a GPS system, among other integration.

Fish finders are useful for a host of reasons, all having to do with the way they exponentially increase the user’s fishing precision and access to information. They often allow you to locate a particular species of fish, which saves a great deal of time and energy. Another notable benefit of using a fish finder is that it allows you to avoid catching fish that are too small and therefore illegal to keep. (These regulations are put in place to prevent overfishing, because the younger fish need time to grow and breed in order to maintain sufficient levels of fish stock.) Instead of going through the pointless exercise of catching fish underneath the legal size limit and then throwing them back, with a good-quality fish finder you can pinpoint the size of the fish before you catch it and are more likely to catch fish of a good size. The user of a fish finder can also find bait beneath the surface of the water, which can be hard to do otherwise.

How do you find the best fish finder? Well, as with many other research endeavors in this day and age, the internet is probably the best place. You can read fish finder reviews online in order to assess which products best fit your particular needs. In addition to reviews on numerous online stores, there are even product research websites, which aggregate a great deal of information in one location for greater comprehensiveness–much easier and more thorough than going to a brick-and-mortar store, and getting the staff’s possibly biased opinion of what you should purchase.

These needs can vary greatly, of course. Are you a professional fisherman, having a higher budget and needing a fish finder that will allow you to catch enough fish to make a healthy profit? Are you a sport fisherman, looking for the big catch that will set you apart from your competitors? Or are you someone who just fishes recreationally, heading out to the your body of water of choice on weekends and vacations? All of these groups of people will have different criteria for what makes the best fish finder. Cost (anywhere from $50 to thousands of dollars), performance, ease of use, and quality are all factors in such a purchasing decision. This ability to narrow your search down easily is one of the benefits of going online and looking at fish finder reviews. On most online stores and product research websites, you can narrow your choices down by price range and other categories. Other criteria include the following: display size, color or black-and-white, depth range, whether or not they have GPS, link to Wifi and smartphone, pixels per square inch, beam type, and so forth.

In your search for the best fish finder for your needs, reading reviews will allow you to get your fellow fishermen’s opinions of the product. Their personal experiences will allow you to assess the strengths and flaws of each type and make a highly informed decision for yourself. It is only logical, of course, that the person who can best judge a product uses it regularly. They will most likely unbiasedly share their experiences with the fish finders they have used.

When you start using a fish finder you’ll wonder how you ever functioned without one! You will fish more easily and more accurately, and you’ll experience greater success than you perhaps thought was even possible.

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