Depends on ur time to hunt, and terrain. If ur only hunting 1-2 days then i would say the 10x42 binos and compact spotting scope would be fine. If ur blessed to have 7 or more days, than i would suggest the 15x56 and bigger optics/more weight. Seeing at greater distance is always the advantage, but say, if I see a trophy mule deer at 2.5+ miles across a canyon with my 15x56 Swaros and STS 80 HD spotting scope, it would be all useless and fruitless to attempt to trex after the animal, and relocate a back country campsite if I had no time. Always match your bowhunting with whatever availiable time you are given, thats what will increase your odds for success.
Not to hijack, but feel my question adds to the original posters question. I am looking at the Vortex viper hd 8x42 or the 10x50 used with a tripod hunting in Nevada, Utah, Idaho. Only 4oz weight difference
I am thinking I can use the 10x50 and skip the spotting scope. I want to keep a 5mm exit pupil.
I'm seriously thinking of buying a spotter this year but mostly for scouting and photography. Probably wont carry during the actual hunt because I can recognize a shooter when I see it-Basically anything legal
depends on location and time of hunt. Don't really need either for hunting elk in the rut, just ears. But other times a scope and binos are an absolute must. A scope in densely forested areas is just added weight but in the open country, they're worth their weight in boot leather.
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