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How to Choose Binoculars for Hunting

When shopping for a pair of hunting binoculars, keep in mind that the best binoculars for hunting are not the same as those you would choose for bird watching or watching sports.


  • Step 1: Consider weight. Since you will probably be carrying the binoculars around your neck for several hours, you really don't want to have a lot of extra strain there.
  • Step 2: Consider purchasing a warranty on the binoculars. At the very least, make sure you can return them to the store if they don't work out. Remember that trying out a new pair of binoculars in the store is a lot different than using them in the field. Happy hunting!
  • FACT: The Rangefinder class of binoculars allows you to display the precise distance to the object you are viewing.
  • Step 3: Look for a pair with a wide field of view. If the field of view is too small, you will have difficulty spotting game. A wide field of view is also useful when scanning wide areas.
  • Step 4: Pay attention to the binocular's magnification. If you select a pair that is too powerful, you will not be able to hold them steady. For most hunters, an eight-times magnification works well.
  • TIP: Fog-proof binoculars are filled with argon or nitrogen gas, which inhibits internal fogging.
  • Step 5: Choose binoculars with a large objective lens. Most hunting is done in the early morning or late afternoon hours, when light conditions are less than optimum. A large objective lens lets in the most light.
  • TIP: Most hunting binoculars have 40- to 42-millimeter objective lenses.
  • Step 6: Select a sturdy pair of binoculars with a construction for hunting. Sealed binoculars will keep moisture, dust, and other debris out of the binoculars.

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