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I've seen this mentioned in a few replies to threads on here, but wanted to add my own 2 cents since I'm (a) new to hunting in general (b) have my first big game hunt coming up with my muzzleloader Coues in a few days and (c) couldn't have predicted how amazing it was to spend the morning with Duwane learning where and why to look. I met Mr Adams at 5a in Oracle and we meandered into the Catalinas. I brought my own tripod (too short) and bino's and we pulled up on to a road and started glassing. Duwane is constantly letting me know why this spot is good and, as we timed it for sunrise, we spotted a ton of deer. Does with their fawns and plenty of bucks. It was the first time I'd seen bucks tussling with my own eyes. We scanned and Duwane kept pulling me to his binos to see the detail he was noticing and slowly I started to be able to spot the deer first (not too often), and even saw a pack of coyotes working the hill side between two big deer groups. We went to a couple of other spots so that the I could see first hand what the angle of the dangle was all about and it was impressive. We never glassed the same ridges or sections of mountain, but the formula of when and where the deer move was reinforced every time we stopped. Mr Adams fundamentally changed everything I will do in the future with my binos. Admittedly I don't have the sort of experience most of the forums members do, so I'm still years behind most of y'all with equipment that is right at the beginning of the journey, but I feel a lot more comfortable heading into my first hunt. He's a gracious and generous man, and talking with him put so much of the info from books and podcasts either into context or allowed me to change how closely I adhered to it. Highly recommend it, and can't say enough positive things about my morning with him: It was incredible.
Hi everyone, I'm scouting for my first ever Coues hunt in early October. I'll be hunting solo in a remote-ish area and have been using my 12x50s on a tripod and felt really comfortable. They are Vortex Diamondbacks which was in my budget. I know they aren't on the high end, but I'm spotting deer and they are working for me until my hunting-savings account fills back up to consider something else. My question is about the spotting scope. I'm borrowing a 27-60x85 Razor HD spotter for the next 2 months and I took it for a spin yesterday and am confused if I'm an idiot or just need to adapt. I do have the ocular twisted out so it's sitting at the right distance for my eye. The eye piece is huge, my 12x50s fit snug into my eye socket and I have a clear wall to wall image. the spotting scope eye piece is too big to get up close and I seem to be dancing around to get the full FOV. It's also a lot dimmer and almost washed out. Now I know it's going to be collecting less light so the images are going to be less intense, but going from diamondback binos to razor spotter I figured the increase in quality would make them more comparable. I'm learning that my own expectation on anything related to hunting is usually the causes of my first and largest mistakes, but I'm hoping for some simple pointers here. Should there be an eye cup I didn't get for the eye piece? How can you put a 2" eye piece up against my eye without it being hit or miss? It's a angular scope so if I'm sitting with the bino's in my tripod and trying to switch to glass up the same deer with the spotter it's a nightmare to deal with. Should I not be sitting? Do I bring a second tripod? I'm hiking about a mile from the truck across rugged ground and the spotter is effing heavy. Any insight would be phenomenal. Thank you!