What Binoculars Should I Buy for Hunting?

Last Updated: 14.10.19


If you are set on acquiring cheap binoculars from Bushnell, take a look at this buying guide that we have put together as it includes some models that you might want to check out.

Because there are numerous novice hunters that struggle when it comes to selecting a pair of binoculars, in this article, we have decided to talk to you about a couple of factors that you should consider before making an investment.

Magnification and the size of the objective

The first feature that you should not neglect is the magnification. Most new hunters often believe that a pair of binoculars that has high magnification is better than one with lower magnification. This is, however, not true. For hunting, you should select a product that has a magnification ratio between 7x and 10x, but not more.

The higher the magnification is, the poorer is the image steadiness. Larger units with high magnification are often bulky and they have to be used with a tripod. This is, of course, very impractical when you are on the go, hunting.

One cannot speak about the magnification of a unit without also speaking about the size of the lens. According to the specialists, a product with an objective size of 40 or 42 mm is suitable for all types of hunting.

Plus, you have to keep in mind that, the larger the objective, the more detail the user is provided with. Once again, there is the misconception that models with large objectives are better. However, these devices are also bigger in size and considerably more expensive.

The only reason why you should think about getting a pair of binoculars with an objective size of 50 mm is if you intend to use it for night hunting. Still, if you only plan on hunting during the day, you might want to stick to a unit with an objective size of 40 or 42 mm.

If portability is a key feature in your book, you should also think about getting a product with a lens size of 32 mm. Yet, the experts argue that this is not a good idea, as you will only be able to see a limited amount of detail.


Field of view

Seasoned hunters often emphasized the importance of the FOV that a particular model has. The FOV is the area measured in feet that the user is able to see when utilizing binoculars at the distance of 1000 yards.

If the FOV is small, the area that one can see is narrow. This means that, whenever one is using magnification, the picture he/she is seeing is smaller.

In the case of FOV, there is not a general rule that you can follow. Instead, you have to consider the area in which you intend to hunt. If you plan on using the binoculars in a wide-open area, you should get a device that has a wide FOV.

Overall, it is said that, for hunting, the image quality is significantly more important than the FOV. After all, a standard FOV is more than sufficient for any type of hunting.


The type of prism

Currently, there are two types of prisms that you can select. A pair of binoculars that features a roof prism is lighter and it has a slimmer design. However, these models are quite expensive when compared to the alternatives.

Porro prism options should also be taken into consideration. A unit that has a Porro prism is bulkier but more affordable, and thus, better suited for those who are on a tight budget.

It is difficult to say whether models with roof or Porro prisms are better, as there are additional factors such as the quality of glass and the design that should also not be ignored. Because of this, your decision of investing in a unit should be made after assessing all the features that a certain model has.

Eyepiece vs. center focus

As a novice hunter, before you purchase binoculars you should also check out the type of focus that a model has. Products that have an individual, eyepiece focus system are best to be used for medium and long distance. They are preferred by the military because they are easier to waterproof and because they do not include additional external parts.

By comparison, models with a center focus are suitable to be used if the game is closer than 30 yards.  


Eye relief

If you wear eyeglasses or if you plan on wearing sunglasses while hunting, it is advisable that you invest in a pair of binoculars that have decent eye relief. The eye relief is also known as the distance that a user can actually hold the binoculars from his/her eye and still see the image clearly and in its entireness.

The specialists say that all glasses wearers should get a pair of binoculars that have eye relief between 14 and 18 mm. Short eye relief in the case of glasses wearers means having to deal with a reduced FOV.



One or several layers of coating are generally applied to the surface of the lens to reduce or to eliminate light reflection. Investing in a pair of binoculars that has not been coated means that you will have to deal with light loss and glare. A unit that has been coated can provide users with bright and clear images.

On the market, there are units that are described as fully coated, multi-coated, and fully multi-coated. While fully multi-coated products are quite pricey, the specialists argue that multi-coated alternatives do their job quite well while still remaining affordable.

Size and weight

Some binoculars that come equipped with numerous features often weigh two pounds and, in some case, even more. This aspect is also influenced by the amount of glass that was used in the making of the unit and by the size of the objective.

If you plan on wearing a product of this kind throughout an entire day around your neck, it can get uncomfortable, to say the least.

Because of this, it is important to consider the weight and the size of the model before purchasing it.


Durability and accessories

For a pair of binoculars to be suitable for hunting they have to be durable. Therefore, the materials that were used to make them have to be of high quality. Nowadays, rubber coating is considered vital as it will make the unit easier to hold in wet weather.

Plus, the rubber coating can protect the binoculars in case one drops them. However, this does not mean that a unit that has rubber coating will be completely protected. By this, we mean that you still have to pay attention to how you use and transport it.

Moreover, because the hunting conditions can change at any time, it is crucial that you get a product that is waterproof and fog proof.

When it comes to accessories, it is best that you also purchase a strap or a harness so that you do not have to hold the device in your hands at all times. Cases are also practical as they can protect the body of the binoculars from scratches.


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