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#5857875 - 07/31/15 09:32 PM Binoculars for elk hunting?
spoon33 Offline
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Going Elk hunting in western CO. It'll be a rifle hunt so I might be shooting out to 200-250 yards. I plan on using these 1 time and then using them strictly for deer hunting. Can someone point me in the right direction for binos. $250-499 range, cheaper the better of course. My buddy who went last year has a spotting scope, but said it isn't necessary up there as they got pretty close to most of the herds.

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#5858226 - 08/01/15 08:21 AM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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In that price range I would go Steiner XC 10x32. My steiners have been really good to me.
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#5858238 - 08/01/15 08:33 AM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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Well, first you need to pick your magnification and objective size. 7x is much easier to hold still than 10x, but the extra magnification is nice if you can steady it. More objective size is more light, but also more weight. Porro prism binos give you better glass for the $$ than roof prism binos, but the trade is weight for price, so they don't make much sense for elk hunting. The Nikon Monarchs are my go to choice in the $250-$300 range, but those Steiners mentioned above sound pretty interesting, if you feel that you can hold them steady. I'd consider going to one of the big stores like Bass Pro or Cabelas and look through as many binoculars as you can. It should give you a feel for weight and bulk and glass quality, at least to some degree. Then you can shop around for your best price.
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#5858414 - 08/01/15 11:34 AM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: syncerus]
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Buy the best you can afford but be sure they are 10x40 or 10x42. Nikon has some in that price range that are very good.

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#5858421 - 08/01/15 11:37 AM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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I was in that position 6 weeks ago this is what I bought http://www.cameralandny.com/optics2/zenray.pl?page=zenray-primehd10x42
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#5859242 - 08/01/15 11:44 PM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: nsmike]
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Originally Posted By: nsmike
I was in that position 6 weeks ago this is what I bought http://www.cameralandny.com/optics2/zenray.pl?page=zenray-primehd10x42


No experience with the Prime HDs, but the cheaper ED3s are awesome for their $339 open box price tag.

http://www.cameralandny.com/optics2/zenray.pl?page=zenray-zened31043

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#5871757 - 08/10/15 10:18 AM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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these would work great for what you will be doing, then deer hunting and all for cheap.

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you will not need to see more than about 300-400 yds max. if you are using a guide they should already have some spotted for ya and all you will need to do is pick your shot.

what part of western co. are you hunting?
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#5871816 - 08/10/15 11:14 AM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: ckat]
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Originally Posted By: ckat
Originally Posted By: nsmike
I was in that position 6 weeks ago this is what I bought http://www.cameralandny.com/optics2/zenray.pl?page=zenray-primehd10x42


No experience with the Prime HDs, but the cheaper ED3s are awesome for their $339 open box price tag.

http://www.cameralandny.com/optics2/zenray.pl?page=zenray-zened31043


I have a ZenRay ED3 right beside me in my home office to watch the deer at my two feeders behind the house. Mine is an 8x, but 10x would probably be a bit better in elk country. In the given price range, the Chinese binos are the best value out there. The ZR ED3 gives up very little to my beloved Leicas--we're talking miniscule.
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#5871920 - 08/10/15 12:30 PM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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Originally Posted By: spoon33
Going Elk hunting in western CO. It'll be a rifle hunt so I might be shooting out to 200-250 yards. I plan on using these 1 time and then using them strictly for deer hunting. Can someone point me in the right direction for binos. $250-499 range, cheaper the better of course. My buddy who went last year has a spotting scope, but said it isn't necessary up there as they got pretty close to most of the herds.



http://www.cameralandny.com/optics/vortex.pl?page=vortextalonhd10x42

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#5872053 - 08/10/15 02:04 PM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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Originally Posted By: spoon33
....cheaper the better of course.


Not true.
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#5872087 - 08/10/15 02:19 PM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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What you need is some high powered ones! Those elk are hard to see! especially when there scurrying up a tree.
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#5872146 - 08/10/15 02:58 PM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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The best you can afford, their is a lot riding on being able to see your game!
On a out of state trip, I wouldn't skimp on hunting equipment, AND I would take at least 1 backup rifle!
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#5872467 - 08/10/15 06:20 PM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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cabelas has vortex on sale now, 10x50 would be best.

would help to know what part of western co. you are going to, doesn't take much to go from heavy pines and aspen to high desert out there.
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#5874668 - 08/12/15 12:20 AM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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Zeiss Conquest T 10x42. $599 at B&H Photo.

Amazing quality for the price point and light weight compared to others in the 10x42 zone.

Zeiss Conquest T 10x42

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#5878195 - 08/14/15 08:14 AM Re: Binoculars for elk hunting? [Re: spoon33]
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