For hunting, having a pair of light, professional and very resistant binoculars is a must. You can follow the prey much more easily and you will be able to calculate the motions in a more efficient manner, plan your route and work strategically. Here’s how you can choose a good pair of hunting binoculars.
Look for durability and comfort
In order to cope with the hunting challenges, you need equipment that can withstand difficult conditions. Having a top pair of hunting binoculars makes a big difference in how far away you can stalk your pray. Always look for these two essential features: protective rubber-armored coating and impermeability. Resistance to weather and tightness are important, because you surely do not want to experience what fog, dust or other debris can do on the inside of your binoculars.
Search to find a pair with attached caps for lens protection – otherwise you risk losing them while hunting. Last but not least, look for supportive belts and bags, for even more protection and the ability to keep your hands free.
All these details can make a big difference in terms of comfort, ease of use and durability while hunting and carrying a lot of equipment with you.
The lenses’ size is another very important feature of a good pair of hunting binoculars, for two reasons: the field of view and the light gathering ability. Larger lenses are heavier and more expensive, but they give you a wider field of view, which allows you to easily follow the prey by monitoring a larger area in a shorter time. Having more light is also particularly important, especially if you hunt at sunset, in the morning or in tough weather conditions.
If you hunt during the day, 40 or 42mm lenses are perfect, but if you are going to hunt at night, then the 50 to 56mm lenses constitute a more appropriate investment.
Choosing the right lenses also depends on the hunting terrain. If you hunt in the forest, you will likely need less magnification (which translates into a wider field of view) and more light. On the other hand, if you hunt in wide open areas, you will need larger magnification, but remember that it will translate into a narrower field of view. It is up to you to find the right balance, according to your needs and hunting strategies. One thing to avoide is to go for a digital camer binocular as they are best for things like birdwatching.
There are two main types of focus: central (which focuses both eyes simultaneously), and individual (which requires you to adjust each eye individually). The central focus is the most common and convenient; independent focus binoculars are much easier to seal, but not very effective for short ranges.
Keep these tips in mind when buying binoculars so that you can truly enjoy your hunts.