Optics for desert hunting
Optics are everything when in the desert, especially when hunting Coues deer. Trail and I recently got back from an Arizona OTC bowhunt for Coues deer and when we weren't sitting water, optics were our best friend. In the video above and the list below you'll see a full list of what optics we brought on our hunt and why we carried them.
Brady Miller's Glassing Setup:
- Sirui 1204 XL Tripod (discontinued) w/ Sirui VA-5 Head
- Vortex Razor HD 12x50 binoculars w/ Uni Adapter & Arca-Swiss Plate
- Swarovski BTX Eyepiece Module with a 95mm modular objective and the Marsupial BTX Spotting Scope Cover for protection when not in use
- Sitka Mountain Optics Harness
- Sig Sauer Kilo 2400 ABS Rangefinder
- Therm-A-Rest Z Seat Glassing Pad
Stay tuned for a few follow-up articles on how I ended up deciding what "big eye" optic to go with. I've discussed this in past articles and on Instagram, but I have been testing out a bunch of different options and finally settled on the Swarovski BTX system. I've had them on a few hunts now since late-November and they are worth every penny!
Trail Kreitzer's Glassing Setup:
- Sirui 1204 XL Tripod (discontinued) w/ Vanguard PH-21 Head
- Leica Noctivid 10x42 binoculars w/ Leica Stabilite Bino Adapter
- Outdoor Vision Ridgetop Bino Harness w/ the Outdoor Vision Sightline Rangefinder Pouch
- Leica Rangemaster 1000R Rangefinder (discontinued)
- Swarovski STS HD 20-60x65 spotting scope w/ Outdoor Vision Swarovski Spotting Scope Cover