Hunting Optics - Tips From The Experts At Bushnell Performance Optics
Hunting Optics - Spring turkey seasons are heating up all over the country and hunters are eager to get into the woods. By now most hunters have checked their gear to make sure they have the right camo clothing, hunting vests and turkey calls. They have patterned their shotguns and purchased the latest turkey loads.
Successful and knowledgeable turkey hunters will also add quality optics to their equipment list. Here are some tips from the experts at Bushnell Performance Optics.
Be sure to include a good pair of compact binoculars when you head afield this spring. They are essential for locating turkeys through the spring foliage. A good choice is the 8x32 mid-size Legend binocular. Featuring a Mossy Oak® camo pattern with center focus, twist-up eyecups and non-slip rubber armoring, they are ideal for locating turkeys in the woods or checking out a trophy tom across the meadow.
Most hunters know the effective range of their shotgun pattern from pre-season target practice. Estimating that range in the woods or across an opening can be tough. A compact laser rangefinder eliminates all the guesswork. If you’re using a hen decoy, use the laser rangefinder to make sure your set-up isn’t too close or too far away.
A good choice for turkey hunters is the Yardage Pro Legend. It’s ideal for spring hunting because it’s the only 100 percent waterproof laser rangefinder available, it has Bushnell’s exclusive RainGuard lens coating and it’s available in Mossy Oak Break Up camo. Measuring just 1.75x3.95x3.15 inches and weighing only 7.2 ounces, the Legend easily fits into a pocket or turkey vest. Minimum ranging distance is 15 yards with a maximum range of 930 yards to a reflective object with Bushnell’s trademark +/- 1-yard accuracy.
Improving your Aim
Even the best shotguns can be tough to pattern. Some shoot high, some shoot low while others throw patterns to the left or right depending upon the choke and load. The best way to ensure consistency is to use a low power scope.
Scopes can easily be mounted on shotguns and it doesn’t take long to adjust the windage and elevation to make sure your pattern is centered on your target. Bushnell has two camouflaged riflescopes that are ideal for the close range hunting demands of turkey hunters. The Trophy 1.75-4x32mm with Mossy Oak® Breakup Camo, or the Sportsman 1.5-4.5x32mm with Realtree® HD Camo are good choices. The lower variable power settings provide wider fields of view for finding strutting gobblers.
Red dot sights are also popular with turkey hunters. Bushnell offers a wide variety of red dot scopes including a versatile 1x28mm Trophy that lets the user dial in a choice of four different reticles. Over the years, Bushnell’s HOLOsight has seen a lot of use in the turkey woods. The newest HOLOsight model uses conventional AA batteries that will increase battery life eight times. With its advanced holographic technology, it offers some distinct advantages over traditional scopes.
The HOLOsight has unlimited eye relief and lets hunters sight from any distance behind the gun without taking both eyes off of the target. It lets the hunter switch from shooting right-handed to left-handed without affecting accuracy. It’s ideal for those wary turkeys that circle around and come into your call from a different direction.
Spring turkey hunting is exciting and challenging. Be sure to increase your odds of success by adding quality optics to your list of equipment.
For more information on these and other Bushnell optics, visit the Bushnell website at http://www.bushnell.com.
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