Our world is dominated by technology. We’ve come to rely on our phones, laptops, iPads, and other devices for a host of business and personal uses.
That science bled over into the realm of hunting.
We can now shoot more accurately, see better in low light (or no light), and improve our odds of success on a hunt. Here’s a look at some of the newest hunting optics that are helping us up our game. You’ll definitely want to check game laws to confirm these new cutting-edge products — especially the night-vision gear and TrackingPoint system — are legal to use where you hunt.
Laser-Guided Scopes and Sights
Long-range hunting is gaining popularity, and there are a number of hunters who are extending the ethical range of their hunting rifle thanks to advances in laser-assisted optics. Many of these systems have software that allow them to mate the laser’s ranging capabilities to the drop of your personal hunting load, eliminating user error and providing a quick, accurate holdover point for hunting.
Night-vision equipment has improved dramatically in the last few years, and this technology is more affordable than ever for everyone these days. Predator hunters have long used night vision to help them identify their quarry in near total darkness, but this equipment is also quite valuable for other hunting pursuits, particularly for night hog hunting. Night-vision equipment is available from a variety of companies these days, and the quality offered in today’s gear far surpasses that found in older models.
Rangefinders were once bulky and simplistic, with dark reticles and line-of-sight ranging capabilities that didn’t take elevation into account. Today, however, rangefinders are far more complex and can provide a wide range of information, including holdover points and angle-compensated ranges.
- American Technologies Network, better known as ATN, has a full line of high-quality night vision equipment and some of the best viewing capabilities of any night-vision equipment on the market. Their Night Spirit XT-2 monocular features a high-quality intensifier tube, built-in infrared illumination system, and multi-coated lenses with 3X magnification. The unit is just 8.4 inches long and weighs 1.37 pounds, yet it is durably constructed and functions in temperatures from -40 to 122 degrees. The 50mm lens offers an 18-degree field of view and the unit is compatible with cameras and camcorders so you can record images. Runs on a single CR123A battery with about 30 hours of run life and automatic shutoff. Price: $1,049