Glassing is often the most effective way to locate game. Doing it right makes it even more deadly.
Many hunters think that “glassing” means casually panning across open areas with their binoculars.
In this short, informative video, glassing expert Steve Alderman walks us through the steps he takes to make the most of his glassing time and finds a pretty nice mule deer buck in the process.
Let’s review Steve’s tips to help you make the most of your time behind your optics.
- Find a comfortable, shaded location that offers a commanding view of the area you want to glass.
- Use the best optics you can afford. This is one category of hunting equipment where you truly get what you pay for.
- Wipe your optics with a clean cloth to ensure a crystal clear image.
- Start by making a quick check of the most likely areas, working from near to far.
- Using 15x binoculars or a spotting scope mounted on a tripod for stability, grid the area carefully. Steve uses a grid spotter in the video and it looks like it works great. If you don’t have one, just be sure to cover every inch of the area you are glassing before moving on.
Practice these techniques now and you’ll be spotting more game when next fall’s hunting seasons roll around.