Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

Ground hunting with binos

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BOHO 09-Aug-18
Stix 09-Aug-18
Stix 09-Aug-18
GF 09-Aug-18
TrapperKayak 09-Aug-18
Irish Archer 09-Aug-18
George D. Stout 09-Aug-18
Nemophilist 09-Aug-18
bluesman 09-Aug-18
MF 09-Aug-18
Babysaph 09-Aug-18
ny yankee 09-Aug-18
dean 09-Aug-18
sir misalots 09-Aug-18
Codjigger 09-Aug-18
two4hooking 09-Aug-18
kmbrown 09-Aug-18
White Falcon 09-Aug-18
M60gunner 09-Aug-18
fdp 09-Aug-18
gluetrap 09-Aug-18
Machino 09-Aug-18
LBshooter 09-Aug-18
monkeyball 09-Aug-18
Sawtooth (Original) 10-Aug-18
Pdiddly 10-Aug-18
Stealth2 10-Aug-18
unhinged 10-Aug-18
Caddo 10-Aug-18
Pdiddly 10-Aug-18
timex 10-Aug-18
deerfly 10-Aug-18
ground hunter 10-Aug-18
Woods Walker 10-Aug-18
DanaC 11-Aug-18
Andy Man 11-Aug-18
Roadrunner 11-Aug-18
handle 11-Aug-18
BOHO 12-Aug-18
Riverwolf 12-Aug-18
From: BOHO
Date: 09-Aug-18

Just curious how many use binos when sitting on the ground. Not sure the chance on getting busted is worth the extra movement. I can see where they would be useful if your still hunting tho. Not talking about in store bought blind.

From: Stix
Date: 09-Aug-18

I do. They are the most important part ofstill hunting.

From: Stix
Date: 09-Aug-18

I do. They are the most important part ofstill hunting.

From: GF
Date: 09-Aug-18

Still-hunting, there’s nothing else that can help you as much.

Fixed position, arguably less so, unless you can turn it into a successful still-hunt after you've determined that a desirable animal is going to pass out of range. But even if they’re coming straight in to you, if you can pick them up at a distance and be prepared, that’s a major bonus. Also helpful if you are able to detect a second or third animal that might bust you as you prepare to draw on the primary, since you can’t plan around what you don’t know is there...

But really... do binocs require that much more movement than just eyeballs?

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 09-Aug-18

I use them very sparingly. Only when I see game far off. I do not glass regularly while sitting in ground cover. That cost me a shot at on of 9 big fall toms last fall, when I was putzing around looking at some hens and poults in an open field. Had the nine big boys come from my left in the edge of open lot behind my cover tree to within 20 yards and busted me with arm movement that I would not have made had I not been glassing the hens. And trying to get pics of the hens for LW posts. Done with that crap, from now on I'm focusing on the hunt, not the optics. Maybe take pics of dead birds not live ones.

From: Irish Archer
Date: 09-Aug-18

Just make really slow movements.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Aug-18

They can be a value when still-hunting, especially when moving through, or getting ready to move through a more open area. Other than that I don't use them regularly since the woods I hunt are pretty dense. I usually have a pair of 8 x 25 in the fanny pack, nothing fancy, just Bushnell compacts from the 1980's. Out west in those open spaces it would be a different story.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 09-Aug-18

Nemophilist's embedded Photo

I use them when hunting on the ground, in a treestand, and still-hunting. If I'm stationary I'll use the heavier ones like my military Steiner M22, or my Swarovski 8X30s. If I'm still-hunting I use my Swarovski 8X30 or my lighter Vortex compact 8X28 binoculars. They have come in handy many times spotting deer or turkeys even in thick vegetation. See a flicker, a horizonal line, or something that looks out of place and you can check it out. When I hunted out west for elk and muledeer binoculars were a must. Long sessions of glassing out west.

From: bluesman
Date: 09-Aug-18

good optics help you in all kinds of hunting situations, still hunting , sitting, and even tracking after the shot. Would not hunt without them...I feel they have helped me on several hunts become successful . I use my eyes moving thru my periphrial vision looking for any movement then slowly raise them to look around..then slowly lower them. I bought swarovski's many many years ago after I got a large check from work that was unexpected...they can be the difference in success and failure .. I once saw a moose cross an opening and cut into a strip of trees about 300 yards away from me, the strip of trees ran right passed me and I patiently waited for the moose to come through. After 30 minutes and no show , I still hunted into the trees and using the binos located an ear of the bedded moose, snuck in and sealed the deal . I don;t think I could have done this without binos.

From: MF
Date: 09-Aug-18

I want to start using binos more on the ground. Whats a good, reasonably priced, bare bones harness?

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Aug-18

I never use them unless I'm out west. Most places I hunt are thick and I can identify a deer ar less than 20 yards.

From: ny yankee
Date: 09-Aug-18

A good pair of binos or "field glasses" Is always beneficial when hunting, no matter where you are. Our eyes only go so far and when you see something you cant quite make out, they really help to make it more clear. In closer cover, a small lower power pair is good. Out in the open, use a higher power. All depends what you want to carry.

From: dean
Date: 09-Aug-18

I care a pretty good pair of small ones. It is amazing how often that a deer is just a precise arrangement of vegetation.

From: sir misalots
Date: 09-Aug-18

I use a monocular at times

From: Codjigger
Date: 09-Aug-18

My wife bought me a pair of little Zeiss 8×20s some forty years ago, i feel lost without them. Binoculars allow you to observe a lot of things in nature beside the game you are hunting. Sandy

From: two4hooking
Date: 09-Aug-18

I of the most valuable tools to the ground hunter IMO! See them first is key!

From: kmbrown
Date: 09-Aug-18

I’ve got binos with me about 99% of the time I’m in the woods hunting, whether I’m in a stand, on the ground or slipping around. The 1% that I don’t have them is when I accidentally leave them at home.

From: White Falcon
Date: 09-Aug-18


From: M60gunner
Date: 09-Aug-18

I do, Weather in a blind or just sneaking along.

From: fdp
Date: 09-Aug-18

Never hunt without them.

From: gluetrap
Date: 09-Aug-18

got a harness, never tried it. I usually just sling over my head and under my right arm and pull them up to my eyes when I need it slooooww...ron

From: Machino
Date: 09-Aug-18

For what its worth I'll chime in. I love binos but i hate carrying them. Out west here they are definitely a big help and I do love to sit and glass. The flip side is sometimes I leave them in the tent if I'm in thicker country. I have been carrying a vortex 8x25 monocular for years and its great. 50 bucks i think. lifetime warranty. Light weight, fits in my pocket and gets weight off my chest. Im not counting inches i just need to know if its a bull or cow, or a stump or bear.

From: LBshooter
Date: 09-Aug-18

I like a mono or I'll use a range finder , 6 X in woods works well.

From: monkeyball
Date: 09-Aug-18

monkeyball's embedded Photo

Sitting or sneaking around, once you get use to using a good pair of glasses you will feel lost without them.

Mine are 6x30 Leoupold Yosemites and they are hung around my neck all of deer season.

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: Sawtooth (Original) Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Aug-18

I have mine every hunt. Their uses outweigh any disadvantages. I’m a fan of vortex optics. I have 8x42s. I also have two pair of NIKON monarchs. They are hanging in my shop, hardly ever used.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 10-Aug-18

Always...Bausch and Lomb Custom Compacts...had them for decades.

From: Stealth2 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 10-Aug-18

Yes....bought a pair of Athalon last year and love them. Valuable part of my ground hunting.

From: unhinged
Date: 10-Aug-18

I always carry 8 X 30 auto-focus Steiners. Best I have found for scanning at any distance.

From: Caddo
Date: 10-Aug-18

I do, come in handy judging a legal buck or trying to tell if it's a doe or a button buck.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 10-Aug-18

I find in thicker bush it helps you see game easier...the magnification allows you to detect movement.

From: timex
Date: 10-Aug-18

never go ANY KIND OF HUNTING without them & have a pair on my boat to

From: deerfly
Date: 10-Aug-18

same as some of the others, never leave home without them. No better way to see into the woods, especial during the mid morning/afternoon light and shadow maze and of course during low light.

Challenge of course is limiting movement when using them and trying to use them only when you think you need to. Been busted glassing a time or three for sure.

From: ground hunter
Date: 10-Aug-18

I have Styrkas..... will not hunt out in South Dakota, without them.... they are always in my truck.... as well as window spotting scope.....

anyway when I ground hunt, only in certain environments. some stuff I hunt, what I need is a hearing aide, because I will hear them in the cattails, before I will ever see them.... so it depends on where I am hunting.......

From: Woods Walker
Date: 10-Aug-18

I'd rather leave my bow at home than my binoculars. And it's not about seeing far, but being able to see INTO the cover. I use 10x40 Zeiss binocs and I "dissect" the cover by changing focus and viewing it in layers. And I mean cover that's 30 yards or less away.

When ground hunting, and especially stillhunting, it's imperative that YOU see the game before they see you. Even if they don't immediately spook they will now be on high alert and getting a shot off is about impossible.

From: DanaC
Date: 11-Aug-18

I like my binos more for gun hunting. Still hunting, they add a lot of movement at 'bow' ranges. Depends on the woods I'm in. Open hardwoods, binos good. Thick stuff, nope. jmo

From: Andy Man
Date: 11-Aug-18

Yea! way too thick here for them tried a few times -did not work out

From: Roadrunner
Date: 11-Aug-18

Always, especially in the thick stuff. Leupold Yosemite.

From: handle
Date: 11-Aug-18

I use a "vintage" pair of binoculars for all of my hunting. 10X40 Leitz Trinovids. Small and rubber coated. They are 40 years old and belonged to my dad. He never hunted, but it just feels right having them with me in the woods.

From: BOHO
Date: 12-Aug-18

Thanks for the opinions fellas. Sent you a pm sawtooth.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 12-Aug-18

Riverwolf's embedded Photo

I'm with Craig on this one....Love the 6x30 Leoupold Yosemites. Excellent bino's for our Eastern woodlots , compact design,excellent glass,excellent price(off the hook excellent on sale and with a rebate;)...I wear mine under my draw arm .Makes for easy access , comfort , light weight, and doesn't interfere with the shot .

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