- Sep 26, 2019
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- Dallas Metro Area, Texas
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I used a thermal monocular in the late afternoon hunt with a guide on a black bear. The guide used it to track bear movement in the thick cover where we could not see the bear with my binos. The guide was able to track the bear and point out a shooting lane. He was able to tell me where to watch and when. Wow, there was a few seconds to shoot at 400+ yards so, this would not have been possible without the thermal monocular. I used a Swarovski scope and was able to dial in the yardage for the spot that the bear was expected to appear.Ironically, only legal for hunting predators/furbearers (not bear) in PA where EurOptic is located. Ok for looking/scouting at night, off-season.
I am sold on thermals if allowed for bear hunting in your area. The bear tumbled down the mountain and disappeared. We used the thermal to know where the bear had expired. He was partially hidden behind a large log. The guide had a very expensive setup. I want a new thermal! It may have been illegal to use thermal scopes for bear where we hunted but the monocular worked out perfectly.
Check your state for use of thermals for bear and maybe a monocular thermal can be used to aid in tracking. Will all thermals track in heavy cover like this or is this about the quality of the thermal?