If you’re the avid hunter, you definitely know how it’s like to always try to find new species and have the night find you in the middle of nowhere. Hunting at night is no news and it has become a necessity with the combination of feral hog population going up the roof.
Hunting at night was a great opportunity for the manufacturers out there to create and make night vision optics that are essential, so they say, for hunting at night. Many hunters began spending more than just a few bucks for the night vision optics the minute they found out it wasn’t just for the military use.
However, guess what? We don’t think you always need the night vision when hunting at night and we definitely found the way how to hunt without them!
To use or not to use night vision
Let’s put it out there: using night vision is cool and we give it kudos for what’s capable of. Even in the darkest night, with minimum to no light, you’re able to see a great distance and even project no visible light to your prey.
The more you’re willing to pay for your night vision, the better performance you should expect from it. We talk about resolution, image quality, extra features.
Night vision is related to the new and modern technology, but this doesn’t mean you use other hunting light scans for your hunting.
Both night vision and night scans may give you a good amount of distance when hunting. It’s a bit more difficult to compare the two methods when it comes to the clarity, as we don’t have a scale to appreciate how the resolution comes out. There’s always an innate amount of image degradation when using the night vision.
When using alternative methods, the image quality comes down to daytime optics. Basically, it’s just like when you hunt during the day as the image quality is still related to the glass. It’s not the case of this though if you’re hunting with iron sites or bows.
We do have to give the night vision the credit of using red or green hunting light, which helps you become entirely stealthy when hunting. As you don’t project visible light, even if you’re using IR (infrared illuminator), coyotes or feral hogs, various varmints or predators won’t notice you.
Don’t forget about the part where you have to swap out optics when going with a night vision setup. Some systems are designed to be used with your typical daytime optics, but most models out there do require a full swap. You still need to zero it in just like a regular scope and not many hunters out there have the luxury of having a dedicated weapon just for night hunts.
The variety of mounting options that fits on different weapon platforms, with no need to re-zero or for removing the scope, are also important reasons for not using night vision.
Why use other methods
You may take in consideration that you should practice and use as often as you can other kinds of lights, especially if you’re a hunter that doesn’t want to spook his prey. Sure enough, the risk for spooking your prey is minimal when using red/green light, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist either.
One great thing about the alternative lights is that you may flip it on and simply watch how your prey goes on with its life, without noticing you or your light or your gun.
What’s good for you?
No matter which way you decide to go, the final choice should match your main goal: to make your hunting platform able to do precise shots at night.
For instance, if you’re willing to pay a bit more, get some help from a thermal imaging system or a 3rd gen night vision setup.
It’s important to know how much money you’re willing to pay for your hunting. Give a thought on how often you hunt at night and if you’re really using all the tools and accessories for hunting at night. Don’t get carried away by the thrill of hunting at night and play it simple. The more you carry on you, the more difficult for you it’s going to be to carry all of your gear.
Think thoroughly if you really need an accessory that may be swapped between your various weapon systems.
Therefore, if you don’t hunt at night on regular basics, stick to the hunting lights that are cheaper and easier to use than the dedicated night vision setup. You do have solutions and it’s up to you and your skills which one work the best for you.