10 Best Optics For Deer Hunting

Updated on: October 2022

Best Optics For Deer Hunting in 2022


Montana Mule Deer Rut with Leopold's Tim Lesser

Montana Mule Deer Rut with Leopold's Tim Lesser
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022

Vortex Optics Mule Deer Cap

Vortex Optics Mule Deer Cap
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2022

Upland Optics Perception HD 10x42mm Hunting Binoculars

Upland Optics Perception HD 10x42mm Hunting Binoculars
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2022
  • Exceptional Clarity with Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Glass
  • Built to Survive the Hunt: Waterproof, Fogproof, and a Durable Rubber Body
  • 10x Magnification and 42mm Objective Lens
  • Includes Soft Carry Case, Flip Down Lens Protectors, Lens Cloth, and Neck Strap
  • Lifetime Warranty

Predator Hunting: Proven Strategies That Work From East to West

Predator Hunting: Proven Strategies That Work From East to West
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Skills, Tactics, and Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide to Hunting Deer, Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds, Turkeys, Waterfowl, and Predators (Ultimate Guides)

The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Skills, Tactics, and Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide to Hunting Deer, Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds, Turkeys, Waterfowl, and Predators (Ultimate Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2022
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Xgazer Optics HD 10X42 Professional Binoculars - High Power Travel, Hunting, Fishing, Safari, Bird Watching Binoculars - Long Range, Eye-Relief Binoculars w/Neck Strap, Cleaning Cloth & Carrying Case

Xgazer Optics HD 10X42 Professional Binoculars - High Power Travel, Hunting, Fishing, Safari, Bird Watching Binoculars - Long Range, Eye-Relief Binoculars w/Neck Strap, Cleaning Cloth & Carrying Case
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2022
  • THE ULTIMATE VIEWING EXPERIENCE: Treat yourself to a whole new world or vibrant colors with the 10x42 fully multi coated lens and the best BAK4 roof prism system! With the top lens diameter of full 42”, top rated XGAZER OPTICS binoculars offer magnification 10X, making the best long-range binoculars (1000 yards) for BIRD WATCHING, HUNTING, FISHING, SAFARI, CAMPING, SHOOTING, WILDLIFE.
  • WATERPROOF, FOGPROOF, SHOCKPROOF: With reliable FMC coating and nitrogen filling inside to prevent corrosion from moisture and fogging caused by condensation, it makes the best binocular pair for safe, trustworthy use in nature, featuring a temp range of -45- +45 degrees! Make the most of your outdoor adventures and worry no more about the elements!
  • COMFORTABLE, HIGH DEFINITION VIEWING: The 15.6mm eye-relief with the twist-up eye cup makes this high-end binocular set stand out among competition! The adjustable interpapillary distance, the close focus of 2m and the dioptre adjustment range of -4D~+4D make it the easiest to use, most USER-FRIENDLY binocular set for all your outdoor adventures!
  • A PREMIUM TRAVEL SET: Enjoy the brightest colors, highest definition viewing image in all your activities! Weighing just 410g, with a NECK STRAP, easily carried in its sturdy CARRYING CASE with the quality CLEANING CLOTH, this set makes a MUST-HAVE for the traveller, the concert fan, the nature lover! They make the best compact, lightweight, travel binoculars on the market!
  • SEE THE WORLD IN BRIGHTER COLORS OR YOUR MONEY BACK! Proud of the quality and performance of our travel binoculars, we are backing them with the friendliest customer service and full refund policy, to help you buy with confidence! If you are not absolutely thrilled with our long-range binoculars, just let us know and we will return your money in full- no questions asked!

New Mexico Rifle Elk with Bruce and Tracey Pettet

New Mexico Rifle Elk with Bruce and Tracey Pettet
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2022

Optics for the Field

Optics for the Field
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2022

Shooter's Bible Guide to the Hunting Rifle and Its Ammunition

Shooter's Bible Guide to the Hunting Rifle and Its Ammunition
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022
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Frogg Toggs Men's Pro Action Waterproof Rain Jacket, Realtree Edge, Large

Frogg Toggs Men's Pro Action Waterproof Rain Jacket, Realtree Edge, Large
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2022
  • 100% polyester. Rain jacket with Frogg Toggs exclusive non-woven Classic fabric with Dri-Pore Gen 2 performance-matched waterproof/breathable technology with fully taped and sealed seam
  • Rain jacket with Frogg Toggs exclusive non-woven Classic fabric with Dri-Pore Gen 2 performance-matched waterproof/breathable technology with fully taped and sealed seams
  • New open-waist design for greater versatility, performance and comfort
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Few Good Tips on Deer Hunting

A great truth in deer hunting is that you can't bag a trophy that isn't there.

A great truth in deer hunting is that you can't bag a trophy that isn't there. If your hunting area, be it public or private, has been subject to an overpopulation of deer and/or extremely heavy hunting pressure, it's a good bet that there are few true trophy bucks there.Trophy bucks are the products of a well-managed deer herd, with does being controlled, and restricted shooting of young bucks. It takes a buck at least three years to grow even close to the trophy category and the best bucks mature out at four to five years. If young bucks are heavily harvested, few survive to trophy age and status. If you can find some land with a dedicated quality deer management program in place, you will up your odds for a trophy. Otherwise, traveling to other parts of the country with proven big buck results and paying for your hunt is the best way to fulfill your trophy dreams.

When Deer Scout You

We all scout for deer and sometimes are able to pattern a particular buck. It shouldn't surprise you to know that deer learn our normal hunting patterns and adapt to them. For instance, it doesn't take the deer long to figure out that most hunters are on stands early in the morning and late in the afternoon. They realize that most hunters head for camp to eat lunch, loaf and nap at midday. Their reaction is to move less early and late and more during the middle of the day. If most deer hunting in an area is from permanent stands, the deer soon learn where all these stands are and develop movement patterns to avoid them. The deer also seem to have an uncanny ability to know when a stand is occupied. The deer know you are hunting them but they don't have to know when and where. Hunt during the midday hours, particularly during the rut, and use portable stands to change locations frequently.

Hunting the Rut

The peak of the rut offers both great opportunity and great challenge for deer hunters focusing on a trophy buck. The deer herd is in upheaval. Bucks are actively pursuing does and all deer movement is increased. Daytime movement increases and this is a great time to stay on stand all day. Big bucks don't lose all their caution, but they are distracted by does and that's a big help for the hunter. Also, they often pursue does outside their home territories and don't enjoy their usual home-field advantage. At the same time, they are considerably off their normal pattern. If you have really patterned a particular buck, your hunting plan may suffer. I try to hunt near doe-use areas, picking areas of thick cover attractive to bucks. Buck trails, where they intersect or come close to main deer trails, are another good bet during the rut. The main thing is to be in the woods and stay sharp. When you see a doe, watch for what's behind her.

Snowbird Bucks

Many northern hunters look forward to tracking snow. This is a light snow that allows hunters to cut a fresh track and actually trail the deer that made it. This sounds like duck soup, but it really isn't. Tracking is a real art built by experience. First, the hunter must be reasonably certain that it's a buck's trail. Large tracks, particularly with drag marks, are a good sign. So is the trail bypassing low hanging limbs that might catch on a buck's antlers. Pressured deer seem to be aware they are leaving a highly visible trail and they check their back trail frequently. Sometimes they stop or even circle back to see if something is following them. The expert snow tracker moves slowly and spends more time looking far up the trail and to the sides than looking down at the tracks. Southern deer, unused to snow, generally won't move much at first. North or south, a truly heavy snow depresses deer movement for a few days.

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