Predator vs Prey: The Advantage of Night Vision Hunting
Hunting does not need to be restricted to only the daylight hours. Night vision gives a hunter the advantages of the dark to increase the ability to bag prey. Much like a predator would do in the wild. Animals can be taken by surprise due to the high day-like visibility of many night vision goggles and will not be spooked as to the presence of a human.
Many states allow the use of night vision goggles for hunting. In Wisconsin the night vision goggles may be used as an aid to other light emitting devices such as flashlights to hunt coyote, raccoon,fox or other unprotected species when hunting on foot. Night vision devices do not emit a visible light and depend on infrared lighting to work. Not all states allow this type of hunting so checking to find out what is allowable in your state is highly recommended.
Night vision has its advantages in hunting preparation. Wild game is most active during the twilight and dusk hours. Monitoring the movements of these animals gives you an advantage on their locations and traveling habits, giving you an advantage on their locations during the daylight hours. Night vision also allows for clearer vision when traveling after dark within the woods or for finding downed prey after dusk.
The use of night vision cameras have also been used to photograph the habits of wildlife after dark. A night vision camera equipped with infrared illuminators and motion detectors silently take pictures while helping to monitor their activity. This gives you a strong advantage as wildlife moves in and out of your territory.
Night vision goggles have not always been the most economical piece of hunting equipment. Today they can be purchased more easily as their prices have become more affordable. Options are variable depending on its size and abilities. Monoculars, binoculars, goggles and headgear are some of the pieces available. Whether you are using them to compliment your hunting or for more sophisticated needs their average price can range anywhere from $89 to over $3,500. While goggles and headgear can give you that hands-free advantage, binoculars will still definitely do the trick. Now we can become the ultimate predator.