If you plan on spending lots of time in the treestand, you’ll want the best binoculars with you to locate distant bucks.
Yes, it might be the end of May, but bow season will be upon us before you know it. Whether you’re out late summer scouting or mid-season hunting 25 feet up in an oak tree, having a good set of binoculars with you will help give you the advantage of finding monster bucks.
Here are the 10 best binoculars this year!
1. Vortex Diamondback 12×50
By now it’s no secret that Vortex makes superior optics at really affordable prices and the Diamondback 12×50 is certainly no exception. When the weather is unfavorable and you’re sitting in a treestand all day long, the Diamond back binoculars are an easy choice to give you an advantage.
With fully multicoated lenses and a rubberized exterior, these binos have excellent light transmission and a non-slip coating that not only protects them, but also allows for a solid grip in rough whether. Back by the Vortex lifetime warranty, these are a no brainer for this whitetail season.
2. Leupold BX-3 Mojave Series 10×42
Sometimes you just don’t have a ton of extra space in your pack to lug a heavy set of binoculars with you during your hunt. If you find yourself in this position, then you’ll want to check out the Mojave series from the team at Leopold.
Due to its super lightweight design and long distance magnification, this glass is ideal for extended backcountry hunts or to keep handy all season long attached to your treestand harness. Available in black or Mossy Oak Treestand.
3. Nikon PROSTAFF 7S 10×42
All deer hunters know that the weather during the rut typically isn’t the most forgiving. During these circumstances, your gear gets put to the test and you can’t afford to have something fail just as a big buck is making his way toward your stand.
For extreme weather look no further than the Nikon PROSTAFF 7S. This set of exceptional glass is actually waterproof under one meter of water for 10 minutes, which should give you all the confidence in the world that they’re a perfect match for inclement hunting weather.
4. Bushnell Buckhorn 10×42
Buying the best binoculars doesn’t mean that you have to spend an entire paycheck. Get the performance that you’re looking for this hunting season with Bushnell’s Buckhorn binos.
Weighing only 27 ounces, these bino’s are great to pack with you for your next cross country trip. Equipped with BaK-4 prisms, you’ll experience crystal clear images without breaking the bank. Totally a steal for the price!
5. Steiner 7x50rc Commander
When you’re hunting in low light conditions, finding a set of binoculars that can help deliver bright images can be very difficult. Fortunately, the team at Steiner has you covered with their Commander binos which feature “CAT” (color adjusted transmission) optics, giving you the advantage when sunny skies aren’t in the picture.
Combined with a range finding reticle, the Commander is the whole package and more. If they’re good enough for Navy SEALs, they’ll be rock-solid in the deer woods!
6. Barska 10×42 Crossover
If you’re looking for a great set of binoculars for a young hunting companion, look no further than the Barska 10×42 Crossover. Rugged, dependable and built with BaK-4 prisms, this piece of gear is absolutely perfect for your hunting companion to glass fields and ridges with. Engineered with multi-coated lenses and super-simple adjustable focus controls, these binoculars are easy to use and will stand up to the rough weather that comes along with deer season.
7. Swarovski SLC HD 8 x 42
One of the finest names in sporting optics is undoubtably Swarovski. For years Swarovski has researched, engineered and designed some of the best binoculars that an outdoorsman could buy. The SLC HD definitely continues to lead the way when it comes to a set of binoculars that have everything that you need in one package.
Equipped with both Swarobright optics and Swaroclean, feel confident that your glass will always deliver sharp and bright images with minimal cleaning while out in the field.
8. Steiner Predator 10×26
Big things can come in small packages and the Predator from Steiner is a prime example. At 10.4 ounces, the Predator is surprisingly powerful and delivers extremely crisp images with 10x magnification. When you need to scan a nearby ridge from your stand, this is the best tool for the job. Because of it’s slim design, these can easily be worn with a bino harness and won’t interfere with any shots while bowhunting. Perfect for the serious bowhunter!
9. Vortex Hurricane 10×50
If you’re in the treestand for both bow and gun season, then you’ll need something that can handle the differences that each season brings. The Hurricane 10×50 from Vortex is a great set of glass for both seasons.
Though the body is slightly larger, these will allow you to use the close encounters of bow season in addition to the long range shots that happen during gun season. Fully multi-coated lenses, shock, fog and dustproof, this is the answer for all season binoculars.
10. Vortex Solo 10×36 Monocular
For when you need a quick reference or need to keep your other hand on your firearm, the Solo 10×36 Monocular from Vortex will do the trick. Just because it’s less than half the size of most binoculars, don’t think that you’re getting half the performance. Just like the rest of the stellar lineup from Vortex, the Solo is a rugged piece of gear that features all of the same great non-slip, multi-coated and crystal clear optics as the rest of the binoculars. Attach this to a lanyard or keep it in your jacket pocket for quick deployment. This is definitely a winner for the minimalist hunter!
Whether you’re an early season bowhunter or mid-season rifle hunter, these top 10 gear pics for excellent optics will get you through your season without a doubt. Depending on how often you utilize your binoculars in the field, I highly recommend checking out a harness to secure them on for fast deployment and to keep out of the way when you’re taking a shot. The Bino Harness from Badlands is my favorite when I’m up in the stand and need to keep my glass nearby!
Happy scouting and good luck this season!