Hunting Season Started! What to Consider for a Good Night Hunt

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Hunting Season Started! What to Consider for a Good Night Hunt

Apart from deep sea fishing, cultural tours, and sightseeing in Yap Island, hunting is also another outdoor activity to give you ample fun while in this state of Micronesia. Now the hunting season is here, and you are planning for the next hunting place. This magical island has plenty of opportunities for any hunting enthusiast out there. What you need is the right hunting gear and then proceeding with the rest of the hunters.

In addition to having a well turned-out hunting clothing, hearing protection, and a rifle, you should always remember to mount a red dot scope on your gun. This is very important because night hunting is one of the most popular bustles throughout the island.

Hunting with Red Dot Scopes in Micronesia, Yap

How to Use the Red Dot Scopes

The red dot scopes fall under reflex sights, and you will come across reflex optics that also refers to red dot sights. When you view through a red dot scope, you will see a red dot while aiming the target. The dot should be on the target so that the bullet hits the target upon pulling the trigger. Actually, there is neither sights alignment nor prickly front sights and blurred target. Even though you might have been practicing shooting with red dot scopes ahead of the season, I will also remind you on how to achieve the best when it comes to actual hunting time.

When you identify a buck, focus on the target and keep both eyes open. Ensure that the weapon is safely held, and then bring it up on the firing point. The scope will be positioned in front of your eyes, and you will see a red dot appearing just before your eyes. Wait until the dot reaches the target point, and then fire the target. Keep both eyes open throughout, and never move the focus away from your target.

Aiming with a red dot scope is quick, as long as the reticle’s brightness is kept at its lowest point. This provides a clearer sight image, without obscuring the target. However, there is an adjustment knob on the scope to control the brightness of the reticle depending on the conditions. For instance, you should turn it low while hunting at night, and high if hunting during the day. Moreover, an optic with lower intensity setting is required for night vision use.

How to Choose a Perfect Red Dot Scope

There are many red dot scopes in the market, and you can find what suits your shooting needs. The model to buy may depend on various aspects including the type of hunting and the type of weapon, as well as the price. If you want one for night vision shooting, this could also be a determining aspect. The most expensive models typically have the best gun accessories reviews in Shooting and Safety. Don’t forget that you get what you pay for!

The ideal scope should provide a quick shooting experience, as well as let the hunter have far-reaching shooting positions. The experienced hunters say that Mepro M21 is great because of its quick CQB shooting, and comes with various types of reticles for diverse preferences and purposes. The reticles include bullseye, dot, triangle, and open X. In addition to its effectiveness, no batteries required. Through its fiber optic system, the Mepro M21 uses ambient light for the reticle to adjust automatically.

If you are using a battery-free reflex optic, it should be able to adjust accordingly based on the ambient light of the hunting area. If you are in a darker area, the reticle should dim appropriately. The reticle is lighted by tritium for night vision compatibility especially if hunting in the middle of the night. The Mepro M21 is a nice choice for night hunting because it does not have delicate built-in parts, and it is cold and water resistant. It can be easily mounted on the weapon, and always stays on ready for the next hunting season.

Since I have given Mepro M21 too much credit, it does not mean that all other models are not reliable. Actually, EOTech reflex sights are ideal and they work incredibly well. The difference is that they use batteries whereby the user must turn on and off, and you need also to adjust the brightness. Some hunters claim that the EOTech sights usually lose some power due to gun’s recoil. However, this issue seems to have been addressed so far because there are fewer complaints among users nowadays.

The AR-15 red dot scopes have improved the hunting experience remarkably. There is no need of walking on those rugged terrains or trailing through thick woods to have a closer shot. The red dot sights are very precise, and you can just focus on the target buck and shoot it while at a far distance. It is a matter of placing the dot on the target while your eyes are open, and without moving the focus.

4 Things to Know before Hunting

4 Things to Know before Hunting

The hearing protection when hunting should be a priority if you normally use rifles. Given the high-decibel sounds produced after firing a gun, electronic earmuffs are very useful to block the excess sound that might damage your ears. These hearing protection devices come in a wide variety of types and prices, ensuring any hunter can afford them depending on his or her budget. Actually, there is no excuse not to prevent your ears from those dangerous decibels because they can eventually cause a permanent hearing loss.

This article unfolds four important things about hearing protection and electronic earmuffs that every hunter should know.

Shooting Protection Electronic Earmuff

  1. A single gunshot can damage your hearing

Some hunters overlook this fact simply because they have been shooting for quite some time and so far they haven’t experienced any kind of hearing problem. The hearing loss may occur instantly or gradually depending on the level and duration of noise exposure. Remember, different guns have different decibel sound levels. The duration of the sound matters as far as hearing loss is concerned. For instance, the duration of a general gunshot is about 2-5 milliseconds. Therefore, a .357 magnum pistol gives about 165 decibels within 2 milliseconds. This is equivalent to spending around 10 hours listening to a continuous noise such as a chainsaw. This noise is enough to cause hearing loss.

It is worth noting that the hearing loss as a result of noise may not happen instantly. In fact, for some people, it may take even years before losing your hearing ability. Every gunshot sound sneaks into your ears and causes some unnoticeable damage. So, exposure to subsequent gunshots over a given period of time may begin showing the impacts. Continued exposure to the noise will keep on causing damages to the ears, which may eventually lead to a permanent hearing loss. If you have not been using hearing protection, it is not too late. Identify what you want and establish a plan to have your own electronic earmuffs. However, having them may be easier than using them. Therefore, ensure you wear the earmuffs whenever going for hunting.

  1. Essential features for optimal hearing protection

Electronic earmuffs come in different versions with different prices. Generally, the most expensive models have more features compared to cheaper ones. Of course, you get what you pay for. The best earmuffs are those with special features to enhance user experience. For instance, amplified active electronic earmuffs are highly recommended for hunters. This is because they don’t block all the sounds, and therefore the user can hear other low volume external sounds. If you are a deer hunter, probably you want to hear the movement of animals so that you can take an ideal position to take a shot.

Sometimes, huntsmen work as a group. These amplified active earmuffs are ideal for group hunting because you can communicate with one another without adjustments. They can be suitable for group hunting because you don’t need to take off and put on often whenever you want to speak to somebody. Many electronic earmuffs are battery powered and they have amplifiers, microphones, and speakers. These features collect, magnify, and transmit sound at a reduced volume into your ears. Even when you fire a gun, you can as well hear the normal conversation from the person next to you.

  1. Noise reduction rating (NRR)

This is an important aspect when buying your electronic earmuffs. Te higher the Noise Reduction Rate (NRR), the more it will help in reducing the impact of sound entering your ears. Electronic earmuffs come with different NRR, but the recommended models are those with at least 25NRR. The NRR of 25 is ideal if you hunt using a handgun with a low mid-caliber. For those other rifles such as AR 15, NRR of 28 or more is recommended. If you want to increase the NRR to about 33, you can use NRR 25 earmuffs together with 31 NRR earplugs.

  1. Electronic earmuffs or passive earmuffs?

Many hunters get stuck when it comes to either selecting electronic earmuffs or passive earmuffs. The choice depends on your hearing protection needs, as well as your budget. Both earmuffs are comfortable when worn because you don’t feel the pressure inside the ear cap. The available categories in the market include cap-mounted, behind-the-neck, and over-the-head models.

The passive earmuffs are cheaper than electronic earmuffs. This is one of the factors that make several hunters go for these hearing protection devices. In addition to their relatively lower price, they tend to have a higher Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). The electronic earmuffs are battery powered and generally expensive than passive models. They have more advanced features than passive earmuffs, hence higher price.  They block excess noise but allowing the user to communicate and listen to other low sound levels. Other features include automatic shut-offs, audio jacks, and volume controls.