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    Do You Pack a Spotting Scope?

    A spotting scope and tripod are one of the heaviest items in my pack next to water and I am wondering if it is really worth that extra weight. Just curious what opinions you guys have.

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    I think there are guys on here that would sooner leave their sleeping bag rather than their spotter... I think it really depends on terrain and species you are hunting. In some areas your hunt would really suffer if you didn't have one.

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    It depends on the terrain, where I hunt elk a spotter would do you no good, you can't see very far so it stays home. When hunting mule deer I can see for miles and the spotter is a must then.


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    It all depends on terrain, open country with good vantage points, it's in my pack. Dark timber and such, it stays in the truck.

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    In the country I hunt it's a must, couldn't even imagine not having my spotter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    I think there are guys on here that would sooner leave their sleeping bag rather than their spotter...
    I think so too! My spotter always goes!
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    Really depends on the terrain, the species, the objective, the weapon and quite honestly; how far I am into the season and how much tolerance I have for the extra weight.

    I am trying something a little different during rifle elk this season. Spotter will get a bunch of "park & spot use but it will stay behind. If all works as planned I'll carry my 15x50 swaro slc binoculars with a small tripod that I can mount them on for spotting. They are a little bulky for around - the -neck but manageable, and they are close enough to my spotter that I may be able to keep it to one set of glass.
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    I always have a spotter. I would feel naked without one.

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    Spotter always for me. Yes it's bulky in my pack but it's a must. There are some light weight spotters out there that are affordable you may want to consider that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    I think there are guys on here that would sooner leave their sleeping bag rather than their spotter... I think it really depends on terrain and species you are hunting. In some areas your hunt would really suffer if you didn't have one.
    I agree with hilltop and I also think it depends on if you are after a trophy animal or not. Most times you will be able to tell a bull from a cow at long distances with 10x42 binos. You may not be able to tell how big the bull is but if you are meat hunting it wouldn't matter so there is much less need for a spotting scope. Now if you're trying to find a trophy bull and want to judge antler size I would say it is a must.

 

 

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