Optics are everything when in the desert, especially when hunting Coues deer. Trail and I recently got back from an Arizona OTC bowhunt for Coues deer and when we weren't sitting water, optics were our best friend. In the video above and the list below you'll see a full list of what optics we brought on our hunt and why we carried them.
Stay tuned for a few follow-up articles on how I ended up deciding what "big eye" optic to go with. I've discussed this in past articles and on Instagram, but I have been testing out a bunch of different options and finally settled on the Swarovski BTX system. I've had them on a few hunts now since late-November and they are worth every penny!
Sirui 1204 XL Tripod (discontinued) w/ Sirui VA-5 Head
Vortex Razor HD 12x50 binoculars w/ Uni Adapter & Arca-Swiss Plate
Swarovski BTX Eyepiece Module with a 95mm modular objective and the Marsupial BTX Spotting Scope Cover for protection when not in use
Sitka Mountain Optics Harness
Sig Sauer Kilo 2400 ABS Rangefinder
Sirui 1204 XL Tripod (discontinued) w/ Vanguard PH-21 Head
Leica Rangemaster 1000R Rangefinder (discontinued)
Swarovski STS HD 20-60x65 spotting scope w/ Outdoor Vision Swarovski Spotting Scope Cover