These Are The Best Binoculars For Hunting

The new Steiner Military 8x30 R binoculars MOD 45158985

 

Picture yourself on a hunt, in the middle of the woods, sitting in your stand, and off in the distance you notice some movement. It’s far enough away that you can’t tell if it’s a turkey or a strangely out-of-place tumbleweed. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a pair of binoculars to help you make out what’s what? Well, you’ve come to ScopesHQ looking for the best binoculars for hunting. We’re not ones to disappoint and have previously covered what you should look for in quality binoculars, so here’s a quick recap of what you’ll want to keep an eye on when picking out a pair.

What You Should Look Out For …

 

  • Magnification: how much larger do you want to view things through your binoculars? This is a matter of preference, and large magnifications can lead to tricky focusing.
  • Objective Lens Diameter: how much light can make it into the binoculars. Larger numbers usually means better images, though it could also mean heavier binoculars.
  • Exit Pupil: larger values, in association with higher objective lens diameters, allow for better binocular use in low-light conditions like dawn or dusk.
  • Field of View: how large a picture do you need to see around your viewing target? Larger values mean a wider picture when looking through the lens.
  • Porro Prisms vs Roof Prisms: we’ll only cover Roof Prism designs here, for reasons mentioned in the article here.
  • Optics Coatings: the rule of thumb is no coating < single coating < fully multi-coated.
  • Construction: look for a sturdy design. Waterproof and fog proof designs are important if you’ll be in rain or muddy fields. Also consider shock tolerance.

 

We’ve taken this all into account and written our best hunting binoculars reviews. Here are the highlights of what we’ve found.

The Best Binoculars For Hunting

 

The Best Binoculars Under 100 Dollars

If you don’t want to burn through money just to confirm that the very lazy deer off in the distance is not just a boulder, you may consider some reasonably-priced binoculars such as those mentioned here. Below are what we believe to be the best cheap hunting binoculars from our list. While all of these products are under $100 as of the time of writing, note that prices are subject to change.

 

USCAMEL® HD 10×26 Binoculars

 

These USCAMEL binoculars are of the roof prism design, compact and rigid in structure (though, for convenience they are foldable). This allows them to weigh less than a pound, yet still offer a 10X magnification. They sport dielectric coatings to ensure the most light possible makes it to your eyes, so they work well in broad daylight and in the dawn or dusk hours. Note that there’s only one focus eyepiece, so the left eye piece needs to be focused using the central knob before the right eyepiece is also focused. They’re definitely some of the the best binoculars for hunting, especially for those morning and evening hunters. They also come with a cleaning cloth, a lanyard, and a carrying case.

  • 10x Magnification
  • 26mm  Objective Lens
  • 2.5mm Exit Pupil Diameter
  • 316 feet /1000 yards Field Of View
  • Roof Prism design
  • Fully Multi-Coated
  • Center, Right Focuses

 

 

Bushnell PowerView 10x 42mm Binoculars

 

The Bushnell value shines through this pair of binoculars. The large exit pupil (compared to the USCAMEL model) increases the amount of light your eye receives in low-light situations, though the optics coating system may be a layer or two shy of “multi-coated.” At any rate, these binoculars also pack a 10x magnification, though their field of view is a bit smaller than the previous model. It weighs almost a half a pound more than the USCAMEL model. The two models’ focus systems are pretty similar, and these come with a cleaning cloth, lanyard, and case as well. Our only complaint with this model is that it’s not waterproof or fog proof.

  • 10x Magnification
  • 42mm Objective Lens
  • 4.2mm Exit Pupil Diameter
  • 305 feet / 1000 yards Field Of View
  • Roof Prism Design
  • Fully Coated
  • Center, Right Focuses

 

 

Welltop® Camouflage 8 x 42 Binoculars

 

This set of binoculars by Welltop® offers lower magnification (8x) for those whom find 10x too powerful. I personally like the wider field of view that comes with this lower magnification. They also come with a decent (12mm) eye relief, with fold-down rubber eye cups, allowing some users with glasses to more-comfortably use these. They’re about 1.3 pounds, which is in between the previous two models. As well, they come with the standard lanyard, carrying case, and cleaning cloth. They’re water resistant, fog proof, and designed to absorb some impact through their rubber armor. Overall, they’re a great set of binoculars.

  • 8x Magnification
  • 42mm Objective Lens
  • 3.2mm Exit Pupil Diameter
  • 330 feet / 1000 yards Field Of View
  • Roof Prism Design
  • Fully Coated
  • Center, Right Focuses

 

 

The Best Binoculars Otherwise

If you’re not limited to the $100 budget, how about trying one of these beauties? They’re certainly the highest on our list of the best binoculars for hunting.

 

Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars

 

These Celestron binoculars are on par with the Bushnell model’s quality, sporting fully multi-coated optics with a roof prism system. The 8x magnification is identical to the Welltop model’s, so you won’t feel like you’re brushing up against the things you’re viewing. However, this model’s field of view is spectacular! We can’t believe how much you can see through these things; having a field of view of 423 feet at 1000 yards with such a crisp image quality is no simple accomplishment, and we’re impressed by these binoculars to say the least.

  • 8x Magnification
  • 42mm Objective Lens
  • 5.25mm Exit Pupil Diameter
  • 423 feet / 1000 yards Field Of View
  • Roof Prism design
  • Fully Multi-Coated
  • Center, Right Focuses

 

 

Bushnell 198105 Legend L Series 10×42 Binoculars

 

Bushnell products have made it to this list of our best binoculars for hunting twice now. This Bushnell-production set of binoculars is yet another roof prism design. It is another 10x magnification set, like two of the previous models, and possesses fully multi-coated optics like the USCAMEL model we reviewed first. However, this model boasts a 340 foot @ 1000 yards field of view, outshining even the Welltop model we mentioned, despite the higher magnification. It has a generous eye relief, so those with mandatory glasses have the option to try this set out. As well, unlike a couple of the other models, this one is completely fog proof and waterproof, so that dreaded mud puddle has met its match! It of course also includes the usual; carrying case, strap, and cleaning cloth.

  • 10x Magnification
  • 42mm Objective Lens
  • 2mm Exit Pupil Diameter
  • 340 feet / 1000 yards Field Of View
  • Roof Prism design
  • Fully Multi-Coated
  • Center, Right Focuses

 

 

The Best Binoculars For The Money

 

Generally speaking, with optics systems, “you get what you pay for.” However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t great deals out there, and the best cheap binoculars might be more than enough to meet your hunting optics needs. As far as what we consider the best binoculars for hunting, we’ll have to suggest the Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars.

Some of the notable features of this model include the 8x magnification, which makes it more appropriate for viewing closer objects than the 10x models. Also, its ridiculously wide field of view allows you to view more objects than you would with a narrower field of view (great when there’s other game nearby, and good for sight-seeing when you’re off the hunt). The water proof and fog proof design is perfect, especially for when it inevitably gets dropped into mud. Of the binoculars we’ve viewed, these are definitely our best binoculars for the money, and even the best binoculars for hunting!

 

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