How many binos do you own?
How many pairs does a guy need?
What about a father/son?
I think I'm understanding women's shoe addiction a bit better... but of course binoculars actually are useful
I have a pair of 10x Nikons. My wife has a pair of 8x Nikons. Lots of other stuff I would buy before buying a second set of binoculars.
I have 2, a 10 x 42 and a 6 x 35.
I only have one set. Leupold 8X42 .
I'd rather invest in a spotting scope before a second pair of binoculars.
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Well, I've had some 10x Monarchs for a while, and just recently bought a spotter. Not that I can afford it right now, but have been sniffing around binos on-line.
How many binos do you own?
I have an unfair advantage, Im a vortex dealer and have access to all my displays when there stocked. Diamondback,Talons, vipers, razors, 8-15x occasionally ill bum the 15x56 swaro's from a buddy. I haven't found my "favorite" or " if I had to choose one" yet. But im having a good time trying to find it
Last edited by hardstalk; 09-19-2013 at 10:48 PM.
Swaro 10x42s and Vortex 15x56s here.
I have a cheaper pair of 8x42 Minox and 8x30 Steiners that are designated truck binos, stay in there all year.
My good glass is all Zeiss, one pair of Zeiss Victory FL-T 8x56's that are the closest thing to night vision I've seen, great for scouting and stand hunting whitetail around home. For western hunts or anytime I'm more mobile I have the same binos in a 10x42. My wife hunts also so whichever set I'm not using she usually is. I couldn't afford them at retail but found them as demos through Cameraland, Doug cut me a great deal on the pair.
It sounds crazy but the 10x42's and Nikon ED50 pay for themselves every spring when we are calving on the ranch. The spotter's glass is good enough I can often check and see if a new calf is sucking or just trying to find the teat from a half mile without disturbing the pair or spending time trying to find a way to get close. If the calf just starts sucking and then I go disturb them the cow takes off and the calf may be exhausted before she gives him another chance to suck. The Zeiss binos are sharp enough I can check a cows bag to see if she has been sucked from 40yds away instead of walking right up to her which doesn't disturb her as much or get me charged trying to get within 10ft. They really help me perform my job efficiently and the time saved checking one pair may mean I save another before I run out of daylight.
I want to add a Vortex Viper HD 15x50 set for calving, antelope hunting, and to use for scouting from the truck around home. I really want Kaibabs or Swaros but I'm not sure how much use they would get especially with their added weight. From the truck the ED50 will do what the 15x binos can anyway.
I feel crippled scouting without a spotter also anymore. I take the ED50 on all scouting trips and most hunts.
Last edited by mcseal2; 09-19-2013 at 11:13 PM.
On a side note: some folks seriously underestimate.
Originally Posted by mcseal2
A. How much the smallest technology helps ranchers. Ex. Quads, good glass, comfortable boots and quality wool.
B. the kindness of a heifer. There flat ass mean when they have some calves. Ive seen more horses get their a$$ kicked by heifers with calves than I can count. Ive been on the short end a few times also. Bulls will charge and stop. A pissed heifer will run and run and run you down until they get what they want.
You are right on with both statements. The glass can save a lot of stress and possible injury for me and my horse or the Polaris Ranger if I'm checking with that. The tamest cow in the world can be a different animal right before, during, and right after calving until her hormones calm down. Mother nature designed it that way to deter predators and it works. Sometimes too the heifer or cow will take off when she sees the threat if she has time and get the calf to follow. If she runs to far and the newborn calf hasn't yet sucked it can be to weak and exhausted to suck by the time she stops. Often to when she stops she is stirred up looking back for the threat and won't stand still for the calf. It is just way better to check from a distance when possible and let nature take it's course, not getting involved unless there is a problem. There are always plenty of problems that spring up during calving, especially in bad weather without going looking for them. Sounds like you have experienced that too.
Originally Posted by hardstalk
As far as the technology, I'm the only local rancher wearing Sitka bibs on the ATV I think but I stay warm!