Binoculars should have good neck straps. Mine are neoprene so they won’t irritate or wear out my neck from wearing them for hours.
They need good, user-friendly central focusing. I used binoculars with awful focus knobs which were very hard to turn. A serious hunter needs binoculars that can be focused quickly with the right or left hand, with or without gloves.
They must have good rubber outer armor as the binoculars will get hit a bit. It is a professional risk.
They should come with a good suitcase as they will spend quite a bit of time on the floor of a truck or SUV bouncing along lousy gravel roads – or across the landscape where the term “road” might be a word. wishful thinking.
Make sure they are anti-fog and to some extent waterproof.
They should be as light as possible as you will be spending a lot of time scouring the countryside and heavy binoculars are always welcome from the start of any hunt.
An optician once told me, âBuy the best optics you can afford and you will never be disappointed. “
This applies to binoculars in the same way as a rifle scope. If you’re spending several hundred dollars on a quality rifle scope, be prepared to pay for good binoculars.
Don’t be the idiot who uses his rifle scope to scan the countryside. Your scope is a viewfinder and nothing more. Just suppose the next time you watch something, it might be a guy in his mid-30s with two young boys and their mom.
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