I am trying to better understand what spotters actual abilities are and whether or not my expectations are realistic.
I took a angled eyepiece KOWA spotter to Wyoming last fall and was not impressed with its abilities at distance.
At say 800-1000 yards I could see antelope bucks and could tell one was bigger than another, but not exactly how much bigger. Now granted, we were rookie antelope hunters and I understand antelope are somewhat tough to judge.
At what distances do you all judge for mass, length, score etc for various game species such as antelope, deer, sheep elk etc? Are we talking 500, 1000, a mile?
Am I realistic in saying that I want to be able to judge lengths and score at 1000+ yards with a spotting scope?
For example "That's a 40 inch dall, not a 37incher" or "That mule deer has 16inch G2s and this other one only has 14 inch" or "That's a 78 inch pronghorn not a 75 inch pronghorn".
If the above statement is plausible, what level of scopes does it take to do that kind of judging?
A 16-48x65mm Razor HD? Larger magnification Meopta, Leica, Swaro etc? What about the lesser price Minox versions?
As someone who doesn't get out west to hunt on a regular basis, its somewhat difficult to justify large $ on a piece of optical equipment that will not get used more than a couple times a year. Here in the midwest a good pair of binos is really all one needs. Luckily I do shoot competitive highpower, so a spotter with the ability to dual purpose as a shot spotter during matches helps justify somewhat, however the optical demands of match shooting and game judging are dramatically different.
Thanks for any and all opinions.