The optical system design, lens design, and coatings on the lenses are what determine how good an optic is in low light. Pretty simple, right? Well, not necessarily. There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there about what makes an optic work well in low light, and we’re here to shine a little light on the subject.
Here’s a short answer: Get the magnification that fits the application for the riflescope 80-90% of the time. If you primarily hunt in the Midwest, where you won't see deer farther than 200 yards—but, maybe you plan to take a trip out west one day where you may see deer at far greater distances—
Edge-feathering is not a commonly implemented practice, but the end results serve a critical role in most landscapes. As we travel across the country, we find the most properties lack the “transitional zone.”
Now that whitetail season is over, a lot of hunters will be heading out to chase coyotes so they can pass time until spring. Just like with deer hunting, there will be some guys who get really hardcore, but the majority of the folks in the field will be your average Joe schmo.
Often, when breaking camp in the morning, we tend to pack up and head out. We are tempted to move on without glassing the immediate area, as one gets the feeling there couldn't possibly be something in the immediate vicinity where we have spent the last eight to 12 hours. This temptation can lead to a big mistake: We all know stories of people who've seen game as soon as they've gotten out of the tent, or even before leaving the tent.
For many people, getting out on a single mountain hunt could be the highlight of the year. For others, getting the shot at a Dall's Sheep or Mountain Goat could be the hunt of a lifetime. If you have any chance of chasing sheep, you won't regret having the right gear—and experience using it—before you start hiking on the first day.