GEAR 101: The Glassing Game
If you’re the average elk hunter, you don’t have enough coin to buy the best of everything. Doing so would likely mean a second mortgage. But if you’re going to buy one thing that will truly make your elk hunting more productive and enjoyable, it’s high-quality binoculars. Good (typically expensive) glass gathers more light at dawn and dusk than a less-expensive pair. Images are crisp and clean. It only takes one hunt using your buddy’s fancy binos to make you a believer. We hope the following will help you get the most out of your next pair of binoculars.
4 steps to Glassing Elk Country
Steady as she goes
- Scan the area with your naked eye sometimes you don’t even need binoculars to see the elk in front of you; don’t let the obvious slip into the timber.
- Scan from near to far The theory here is that you’re most likely to spook the elk close to you as opposed to the elk a mile away.
- Glass the fringes Hunted elk don’t like to be in the open after sunrise. Typically, they will graze just where meadow meets the timber.
- Use the grid system To cover a large area, imagine a grid inside your binoculars. Methodically scan left to right, up and down. No elk? Wait 15 minutes and repeat. Still no elk? Time to move on.
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VIDEO EXTRA: View a video tutorial on glassing technique