Depending on the type of hunting you do and where in the world you hunt a quality spotting scope could be your most important piece of hunting equipment or your least used. The best spotting scope is geared for hunters that are out hunting in large expansive areas where you can set up and glass from a long distance away. The reason they are not used much in small woodlots or over smaller fields is that they are mighty and hard to zero in on targets that are too close.
Welcome to understanding a spotting scope. This excellent device has been specifically designed for day use to increase your outdoor pleasure and wildlife viewing. This tool allows you to enjoy wildlife at a distance in their natural environment. You can enjoy their beauty undisturbed and learn more about their unique habits.
Using a spotting scope is a lot like using binoculars except that they are usually set up on tripods or window mount on a window of your vehicle. Having them set up this way takes out the shake factor of trying to hold them with your free hands. When setting up on high ground and glassing for critters with a spotter, it is difficult to slowly scan because of the high magnification and the field of vision it covers. Moving your spotter about an inch on your tripod will move your field of view about a hundred yards or more.
For this reason, I find the best way to use a spotting scope is by using it in tandem with a good pair of binoculars. Scanning the area slowly searching for a target is much easier with binoculars. Once a critter has been spotted with your binoculars it is time to use your spotting scope to get a closer look at the situation. Finding the target with the scope can sometimes present problems as well. If you are searching an area with a timber backdrop it is amazing how the entire area can look the same when it is magnified by about 40 times. What I like to do is pick out some larger landmark with my binoculars and find that with my spotting scope and then zero in on the target.
You may ask, if I have spotted a critter with my binoculars why do I need to look at it with a spotter? Perhaps you are trophy hunting, and a closer look at the animal may allow you to field judge it a lot better. Also, you can see the entire area much better; I know I have missed a few trophy deer by zeroing in on it and not looking around the city to notice the does that are bedded down by him. Consequently, I have spooked them and lost my trophy buck in the process.
Spotting scopes possess some of the best technology that sporting optics have to offer. Unfortunately, a quality one is not cheap. So if you are going to have one in your sporting optics arsenal, you need to make sure you are using it to create every advantage you can in your hunting adventures.