Best Hunting Binoculars of 2019

Binoculars are an essential part of hunting gear. Some might say they are just as important as a hunter’s gun. What would you use it for, you might ask? Binoculars are more useful than just finding your prey in the heart of the forest. With a good pair of binoculars, you are able to identify the species, gender, and even age of an animal. Binoculars provide you with great visibility of your surroundings and help to map the hunting ground day and night. Besides, you wouldn’t want to shoot on a hunch, and injure your fellow hunter instead, right? To prevent you from such an unfortunate event, we’ve compiled a list of the best hunting binoculars and a small guide on how to choose the right pair for you.

  • Bushnell Trophy Binocular
  • Rating:
  • Modification: 10x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm
  • Coating: Rubber
  • Waterproof and Fog Proof: yes
  • FOV: 310 feet at 1,000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 15.2mm
Name
Modification:
Objective Lens Diameter:
Coating:
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
FOV:
Price
Name
Modification:
Objective Lens Diameter:
Coating:
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
FOV:
Price
№1
10x
42mm
Rubberized Armor
yes
314 feet at 1,000 yards
№2
10x
42mm
Ultra Wide Band
yes
340 feet at 1,000 yards
№3
10x
42mm
Rubber
yes
310 feet at 1,000 yards
№4
10x
42mm
Rubber
yes
339 feet at 1,000 yards
№5
8/12/10x
56/50mm
yes
yes
300/315/273 feet at 1,000 yards
№6
10x
42mm
yes
yes
340 feet at 1,000 yards
№8
8/10x
42mm
Rubber Armor
yes
374 feet at 1,000 yards
№9
10x
42mm
Anti-Slip Rubber Armor
yes
341 feet at 1,000 yards
№10
10x
50mm
Rubber Armor
no
294 feet at 1,000 yards

Carson 10×42 3D binoculars might be the best ones on the market. This full-sized lens binocular gives a clear, high quality image, while maintaining lightweight with a compact body. Binoculars are very durable due to both rubber coating and being 100% waterproof. Some hunters might find the price a bit too high, but other than that, it’s a top choice!

Modification:
10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
42mm
Coating:
Rubberized Armor
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
314 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
16mm
PROS

ED Glass Lenses

Phase Correted Prisms

ToughConstruction

Hard Rubber Coating

100% Fog and Waterproof

Extra-Long Eye Relief

Cons

Expensive

The second best is Bushnell Legend Ultra HD – a full-sized lens binoculars. By using ED Prime glass and multi-coated optics, this device delivers great image in any weather condition due to water-repellent technologies. It also provides remarkably high FOV. However, bad news for the eyeglass wearers is that you might not be able to use these binoculars properly, as eye relief is only 15.2mm.

Modification:
10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
42mm
Coating:
Ultra Wide Band
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
340 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
15.2mm
PROS

ED Prime Extra-Low Dispersion

Ultra Wide Band Coatings

RainGuard HD water-repellent lens coating

Ultra wide FOV

Cons

Low Eye-relief

Bushnell Trophy Binocular is a fool-proof choice of a hunting binocular. Being a classic modification to objective lens size ration, they deliver crisp image in a day light. Durable, waterproofed and adjustable, they work flawlessly throughout the years. Overall, it is a popular choice for a great price. The pair is great for hunting as well as for general use.

Modification:
10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
42mm
Coating:
Rubber
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
310 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
15.2mm
PROS

Prism System: Roof

FOV: 330ft

Fog and waterproof

Best Price to Quality

Cons

Eye Relief 15,2mm

These are advertised as binoculars made for hunters. Indeed, they are built to endure the stresses of a long hunt. With classic 10 modification to 42 objective lenses, great rigidness and crisp image, these binoculars represent the classic hunter’s choice.

Modification:
10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
42mm
Coating:
Rubber
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
339 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
17.2 mm
PROS

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion)Glass

Rubber body

Fog and waterproof

Eye relief 17.2mm

Lifetime warranty

Cons

Many devises are faulty

Bushnell Trophy Xtreme comes in different sizes (8×56, 12×50, 10×50) and represent a fairly low-cost Bushnell series. In contrast to other models, it is focused on delivering the best low-light performance and a wider view. They are rather heavy and might be too uncomfortable to have on an active hunt.

Modification:
8/12/10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
56/50mm
Coating:
yes
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
300/315/273 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
15/17 mm
PROS

Superior in low-light conditions

BaK-4 porro prisms

Fully-Multi Coated optics

Lead-free glass

Cons

Heavy

Reduced FOV

Bushnell Legend L-Series is a great model for general hunting at a low price, suitable for any habitat and weather conditions. The size, of 10×42, might not be powerful enough for open spaces or mountain ranges, although, it’s perfect for hunting in the woods, at a closer range. These binoculars deliver sharp and bright image, and are capable to withstand tough condition of the wilderness and repel any weather madness.

Modification:
10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
42mm
Coating:
yes
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
340 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
no
PROS

ED Prime Glass

RainGuard HD

Ultra Wide-Band Coating

Cons

Narrow eyepiece

No eye relief

Bushnell PowerView 10 x 50mm are all-purposed binoculars suitable for hunting and nature viewing. They are fairly smaller and come at lower price, but do not loose the quality of image that is still bright and crystal clear. With InstaFocus technology, this model is built for an excellent performance during active use. However, the fog and waterproof technologies are far from perfect.

Modification:
10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
50mm
Coating:
yes
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
Eye Relief:
10mm
PROS

InstaFocus system

BK-7 prism

Compact porro prism

Lightweight

Cons

Fog easily

Water leaks through the lens

10mm Eye relief

A model focused on water and fog resistance, without the loss of viewing qualities and durability. It is perfectly capable of enduring monsoons, heavy snow, humidity and mud. Yet, they have poor focus, no image stabilisation and have low viewing quality despite the BaK-4 prisms.

Modification:
8/10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
42mm
Coating:
Rubber Armor
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
374 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
17mm
PROS

O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged

100% waterproof and non-condensing

Longer eye relief (17mm)

Multi-Coated Optics

Limited Lifetyme warranty

Cons

Poor Focus

No stabilisation

Low viewing quality

This is a multipurpose device, which works relatively well for hunting, bird watching, sports and even concert. They are one of the lightest binoculars on the list, due to the magnesium frame. It is optimal option for a set you want to purchase a binocular suitable for outdoor activities and for daily use.

Modification:
10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
42mm
Coating:
Anti-Slip Rubber Armor
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
yes
FOV:
341 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
15.2 mm
PROS

Dialectic Coated Lenses

Magnesium frame

Lightweight

Multipurposed

Affordable

Cons

Not waterproof

Apeman 10×50 HD is one of those binoculars that are handy to have at home for daily use, but can be taken on a hunt or hike in dry seasons every once in a while. It doesn’t provide water resistance, yet have great resolution and thus perfect for low lighting. This set is also perfect for young people and anyone interested in new technologies as it’s also compatible with any smart phone. Overall great for non-professional hunters.

Modification:
10x
Objective Lens Diameter:
50mm
Coating:
Rubber Armor
Waterproof and Fog Proof:
no
FOV:
294 feet at 1,000 yards
Eye Relief:
15.5 mm
PROS

Low light vision

FMC Lens with Smart Phone Adapter

Affordable

Lifetime free tech support

Cons

Not waterproofed

Buyer’s Guide – Final Verdict

Hunting Binocular Basics

What are binoculars?

Binoculars may seem to be a very simple device, but they are more complicated that it looks. As a matter of fact, it is a parallel pair of telescopes for viewing distant objects with both eyes. Binoculars give more detailed and deeper three-dimensional images, which is essential for hunting and military purposes.

Binoculars come in many different versions with different optical parameters. This set of parameters is what you need to research before purchasing a pair. In addition to that, mechanical design, optical coating and lenses are just as important. Consequently, you get yourself a rather difficult equation on how to choose the best binocular. And here are all the parameters you should consider.

Factors when choosing binoculars:

Magnification

Magnification is always given as the first number of a binocular description (ex. 7×10). It is a ratio of the apparent size of an object in comparison with what a viewer sees with its own eyes. In simple words, if you have magnification factor of 7, it means that binocular gives an image 7 times larger than it is seen with a naked eye. Therefore, by knowing the modification you will know how close the objects will appear through the lenses.

However, you should also remember that the higher modification, the lower the image steadiness. If you are going on an active hunt, it might be wise to settle upon a lower modification factor as hands tend to treble after a brisk walk or even a run. With higher modification image would be very blurry. Thus, aim for the 7x-10x modification.

Objective Lens Size

Second factor and second number in the description (7×10) shows the objective lens size. Objective lens determines the resolution and the amount of light the lens gathers. Thus, the larger the number, the greater the light-collecting power. You would want to go with a higher resolution if you are planning to hunt in the evenings. However, large number also means that the lens itself will be bigger, heavier and more expensive. When choosing a binocular, do consider how much extra weight you are able to carry. And yet, it is not recommended going lower than 30mm, as it would make binoculars rather useless, especially in low light conditions.

Field of View (FOV)

FOV represents the area that you’ll be able to visualise using binoculars at a distance of 1000 yards. The FOV depends on the modification. The higher modification is, the smaller the picture becomes. Thus, if you intend to hunt in open-space, you might want to choose the lower modification, as it will give you bigger FOV. If you are hunting in a forest, smaller and more precise image would be beneficial. Therefore, higher modification might be more suitable.

Waterproof and fog proof coating

Waterproofing is particularly important for hunting binoculars, as hunting is very challenging and not the cleanest endeavour. You are most likely to walk through dirt, dust, wetlands and creeks, and even lay on the ground for hours during rain. Your binoculars must be able to endure it all. Waterproofing and fog proof technologies are important features that keeps your binoculars from leaking and fogging up. Changing lenses is very costly, so if you wouldn’t want to spend extra cash on repair, you might want to invest in a pair with 100% water-resistance and fog proofed.

Lenses and weight

As it’s been mentioned earlier, the size of the lens has a direct effect on the binoculars size, just like with cameras. You should always consider how much you intend to move and at what time you will hunt to identify the determining factor: portability or better view.

If you are going for portability, your choice is 30-32mm resolution. It is smaller and lighter, which gives wider range of motion, but be prepared that you won’t see clearly in the evenings. Large sizes lenses with 50mm resolution provide better view in low light conditions and even at night hunting, but at the cost of portability. Full sized lenses in the 40-42mm, however, would be a golden middle.

Eye Relief

In simple words, eye relief means the distance that you can hold the binoculars between your eyes and the eyepiece to see the image correctly. It is particularly important for those wearing eyeglasses, as you will need some extra space in between. If the space is not big enough, an image in front of you will be significantly reduced.

Stability

Some advanced binoculars have an image-stabilisation, which reduces shake at higher modification. Therefore, you will be able to see clear, detailed image at modification higher than 10x. While it eliminates blurriness, these binoculars come at a higher price. They also tend to be way heavier, and every gram matters, when you are chasing your prey.

Conclusion

Binoculars have been around for such a long time, it feels like there is no simpler object that this and anyone can choose a great hunting binocular in an instant. However, it is a pretty difficult task. There are various types of binoculars; some are only good for daytime use and open spaces; others are great for rainy weather and bleak twilights; and some are made for hunting, but useless in daily life. However, by reading this review, you’ll be able to find the perfect pair for yourself, or your fellow hunters.

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By Tom Ammerman
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My name is Tom and I have 30-years personal experience in hunting and fishing. Also, I've spent 9 years consulting customers in a tackle shop on Cape Cod, and I'm ready to reveal all the professional secrets. Whether you ambush your pray in the middle of the forest, or landing a monster fish you can use a piece of my advice. I regularly go on fishing and hunting tours across the USA and abroad and I'm always delighted to try a new place, new species or a new hunting style. On Hunting Fishing Plus you will find my tips for hunters and fishermen.