• Al Quackenbush

    By using what you said with an ‘on-the-go’ tactic i would leave it at home. On my elk hunt last year I only brought out my binoculars a handful of times and never brought out a scope. There was simply no time or area to use it. The forest was thick and we could hear the elk long before see them. Once we go in range, I could see them using my binos, but more often with the naked eye. Quite honestly, it may be more ‘stuff’ that you just don’t need. Having the spotting scope really depends on you and the area you are going.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for the advice, Al! Your experience helps validate my exact line of thinking.

  • Aznealz

    Yep. Hunt with your eyes, not your legs. Although you’ll do plenty of the latter in CO. I use a spotting scope on scout trips but rely on binos for hunts. Less stuff to carry, and pack up quickly, when Mr. Big shows up. I love to glass and it’s important to successful hunts. Also, I use a mid-range magnification, 10×42, for the same reasons you mention. Good big picture view with enough detail to allow me to make clear decisions. Good insight, as usual. Thanks.

  • Leon

    Have you looked into a binocular doubler? My spotting scope is big and heavy. If I had a smaller scope like yours I might be tempted to pack it. I just bought a pair of Vortex Razors this year and I’m planning to get a doubler for them. Seems like a light weight alternative for spotting game if you’re not too concerned about trying to score them, etc.

    • SoleAdventure

      I’ve seen optic doublers before, but I’ve never thought of using them for binos. I wonder how stable you would be able to get them, without using a tripod. Let me know if you go that route; I would love to hear how it works out for you. And thanks for the tip!

  • Jordan

    In my three years of archery hunting wyoming elk after moving from the Midwest, I’ve never needed a spotting scope, and I’ve never seen something through my binos that I didn’t already see with my naked eye. I just got a 6x rangefinder and may solely use that for my optics on some hunts to save weight if I’m going ultralight backcountry style. Otherwise, I love my 12×42 monarchs and never hunt without them. Agree that more magnification is harder to be comfortable with for most people which is why I got my wife 8x.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for sharing, Jordan. I appreciate hearing your perspective.

  • MMFO75

    All off you must be back east and mid-west hunters!!! High power, quality glass like sawaros for example with a nice crisp edge to edge sight picture and spotting scopes are invaluable and a must have in constantly being successful out west in AZ, NM, CO, UT, CA, and Alaska, Canada, Africa, and Europe!

  • Danny

    I don’t have any experience, but I’m headed to Colorado soon to hunt elk. I have a pair of Zeiss 8×42 that will make the trip. Since I have no intention of choosing one legal elk over the other, I am going to forego the spotting scope on this trip. The 8×42 are clear and powerful. I am hoping that will be enough for this trip. Someday I’ll be there trying to find a trophy bull and that may require a good spotting scope.