Spotting scope

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by Lounative14, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Lounative14

    Lounative14 Fawn

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    I plan on doing some elk hunting within next year either in state or out of state. Want to pick up a spotting scope here soon, to use for the range and eventually some scouting whenever the elk hunting time comes. Been checking out some of the options out there. The redfield rampage, bushnell trophy xlt, and vortex diamondback have stood out to me just in initial research. Anyone have another suggestion or feedback on one of those 3? Also what other type of things will I need for a spotting scope such as tripod, cases, and such.
     
  2. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    You can usually find some decent package deal prices if you keep looking. Scope, tripod, etc... I wouldn’t blow my load unless you think it’s something you’ll use often.
     
  3. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Just offering an opinion but i think you should skip the spotting scope and go big on some high quality binos. I feel like a spotting scope is not as mobile and not necessary in ky.
     
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  4. littlebear

    littlebear 12 pointer

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    X2 on that. Good quality binos. I’ve hunted out west for elk and a good set of binos is a must. Don’t get me wrong a spotting scope would be nice but a guy can only pack so much gear in the mountains before you’re ready to lighten the pack some.
     
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  5. Lounative14

    Lounative14 Fawn

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    I got me a pair of leupold bx2 Acadia that are 10x42. I should say that honestly this would be more for target shooting and a little for hunting. Whenever I get to finally go elk hunting it would be 2 or 3 od us carrying gear with only one tag. Just feel like it would be a good tool to add and have for whenever the time comes
     
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  6. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Fair enough. Pick this one up. Id offer 275-300. https://louisville.craigslist.org/spo/d/irvington-reduced-vortex-spotting-scope/6937749232.html
     
  7. hossamassey

    hossamassey 6 pointer

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    I just picked up the Vortex viper HD for 375 on archery talk. I would buy used, no matter which way you go.
     
  8. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Much nicer than the diamondback, sounds like you did good. Hope you drop in and share some of your elk hunting exploits. A few people here go out west from time to time and I appreciate the scenery and the stories they share.
     
  9. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    I have two Swarovskis. Big dollar. I would look at the Meopta, gets great reviews. You get what you pay for. My experience hunting elk in Ky. I didn't need spotter or binos. Too thick where I was. Out west is a different story. Glassing 1-3 miles away. I'm leaving next week for NM. Taking a spotter, 15x and 10x binos. Also need a good tripod. Light weight tripods shake a lot in the wind, making glassing impossible. Check out the outdoorsman in Phoenix. Good gear.
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2019
  10. Carl

    Carl 12 pointer

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    I bought one from Midway 5 years ago and have never used it, still in the box. Same with a chronograph.
     

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