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Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting #6959052
08/09/20 02:32 PM
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Iíve always called at night using a traditional light but recently I am considering going the thermal route. The darn things are ridiculously expensive . Iím looking for feedback to give me an honest assessment of how much bigger of an advantage is thermal versus just traditional lights for coyote hunting at night. Thank you

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959077
08/09/20 03:05 PM
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Iím with you...I could just about pay to have lights installed around a field with an on/off remote for the price of a scope. But man I want one!! I have people tell me to buy an NV scope and just a small thermal to spot critters.

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959132
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Thermal advantage over lights is far an above on coyotes. For the most part my experience has shown me coyotes shy away from light or at least it will start their downwind swing. There are always a few dumb ones that act like cats tho. With thermal a guy can do a 360deg scan in seconds and be confident there is or isn't anything coming in for quite aways. Distance of animal id is kinda where your wallet comes into play. More $ =higher resolution scope which means objects are clearer at distance an less pixilated. I can't remember the last numbers but the thermals with first number of 360 or greater resolution is what you want. Once you have experienced thermal a light will only annoy

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959139
08/09/20 04:33 PM
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Difference is like night and day. LOL
Thermal is really a game changer if you do muck night work, but like you said itís really expensive. Not only the scope for gun but you will also want a have a handheld scanner, way to difficult to continually look thru rifle scope all the time.
With good thermal equipment itís amazing how far away you can pick up animals, in open county I can pick up coyotes well over a mile.
Some states are starting to put limitations on there use, would suck to spend the big money then have it outlawed.

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959144
08/09/20 04:39 PM
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Buy a thermal monocular, scan for critters with it while calling, once they are in range, hit them with the red light. The rifle mounted scopes look cool on the you tube videos but I would go night vision on the rifle with an infrared auxiliary light before mounting thermal on the rifle. The thermal monocular is handy for a lot of applications other than hunting like security checks, checking livestock etc. One thing about thermal is calibration and the ambient temperatures, you turn it on and look at a hillside of warm boulders, itís a lot harder to pick out critters. In the snow or in an alfalfa field, you can pick out a mouse. Iíve noticed when the wind is howling itís a lot harder to use, my assumption is different air temps blowing throw it off. Obviously the distance and brush and trees make a difference as well. Closer to the target it works better, cooler air temps works better since the rocks and stuff arenít as warm so they donít show up as well. My monocular auto calibrates so the longer it runs the better it dials in during warm temperatures. In the snow I can check on my horses at night from 1000yards away and they glow like a road flare. Smaller critters at that distance can be hard to differentiate. Iíd recommend trying to go with someone that has a thermal setup before buying, they have limitations for sure.

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959194
08/09/20 05:30 PM
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I did go out and buy a Fire thermal monocular to play with ,and love it.

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959308
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Put a Flir PTS Pro233 on my coyote gun 2 years ago. It's a freaking game changer. Its definitely the coolest toy I own! I use it all year at my place for farm security. Works great from 100 degrees down to well below zero. The only time a thermal won't work is when theres alot of moisture in the air.

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959355
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Dad and I was just talking about this today, can you see badgers with those thermal scopes or does it have to be larger than that?

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Bob_Iowa] #6959372
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Originally Posted by Bob_Iowa
Dad and I was just talking about this today, can you see badgers with those thermal scopes or does it have to be larger than that?


You can see mice no problem with a decent rig.

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959408
08/09/20 08:13 PM
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I was hoping that was the case.

Re: Thermal VS traditional light for night hunting [Re: Yotegiter] #6959610
08/09/20 10:53 PM
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In conjunction with a supressor. Its an awesome tool


There i said it....
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