Has anyone actually used night vision equipment to hunt with at night?


May 6, 2003, 01:36 PM
Scopes or goggles. Can you tell what you used, effectiveness, range, any recommendations?
Am interested in obtaining nite vision equipment, but unsure which Gen. stuff to get, and as the prices rise dramatically with apparent improvements, was curious about others experiences.

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May 6, 2003, 01:48 PM
Scotjute must be an undercover wildlife officer:D Watch out what you admit to.

Just kidding Scot. 'Round here hunting at night is illegal. I've never done such myself, but wouldn't own up to it if I had.

May 6, 2003, 01:56 PM
Well, whether I am or not, someone reading could be. But I'm assuming shooting racoons, coyotes, armadillos, skunks, etc at nite is legal, if not then I stand corrected.

May 6, 2003, 03:33 PM
In Texas it is perfectly legal to hunt with night vision gear on non-game species.

I've used a star lighter on top of a custom silenced .300 whisper on coyotes and hogs....:D :D :D

It is a kick in the buttocks especially when calling coyotes they think they're invisible at night. It worked really well.

It was fun on hogs too. But we didn't do real well with them they just weren't moving during the nights we tried it. I think we killed two in a one week period.

That is the only night vision exposure I've ever had with hunting. I think that if a guy had the right place and the right set up it could be a real valuble varmint control tool. The supressed rifle really is a cool tool on varmints as well. We were getting multiples on lots of call. They just can't figure out what the hecks going on. And they just keep coming even after their buddy is doing the funky chicken right next to them.

The starlighter was a military type and was of the best quality night vision I've ever seen. Some of the ones I've looked through aren't nearly as clear. The only problem is that this scope was about $4000.00. I don't think that I'd have anything that pricy for yote shooting.

I've heard that some of the newer generation stuff made for hunting is pretty good in the $1000.00 and up range.

May 6, 2003, 03:51 PM
Sounds like an interesting experience!
How far out were y'al able to see the coyotes?

Anyone with experience using cheaper nite vision equipment?

Swamp Yankee
May 7, 2003, 08:38 AM
Last fall my 'coon hunting partner and I borrowed some night vison goggles to try for a week. They were Gen 1, don't recall the manufacturer, but after the first night we were back to Wheat lights and a cordless spotlight. The night vison equipment we had did not have good resolution. It was fine when we were walking in, but once we got to the tree spotting was near impossible. Seemed like we were looking through gauze.
I can not comment on the more expensive equipment as I have not tried it, nor with the price of pelts even think about justifying the cost.
Take Care

May 7, 2003, 01:35 PM
With the equipment we were using you could see a coyote just fine at any range infact they are easier to spot because the monchrome coloring really seems to illuminate their grey coats.

I had no problem picking them up at 800+ yards. But once again that's with top notch night vision gear. I watched a pair of hogs at over a mile milling around on road as well.

With good gear you can see just as good as during the day except that very thing is green.

May 7, 2003, 10:02 PM
i was shot by night vision equiped doods last month

i was tucked into the shadows of a big tree, and i never knew they were there.

bamm! one paintball right to the goggles

i gotta rig up an IR alert, so i at least know when i have been painted

the really good stuff these daze doesn't require an IR illuminator

May 7, 2003, 10:29 PM
I went out shooting jackrabbits at night with two Gen 3 night vision scopes that were owned by a friend. I don't know who made them now. We tried them with scope alone, and with an infared light.
I was very disappointed in the performance. If the animal was in the brush, there was no way you could tell what was animal and what was brush. If the animal was standing in the road, you could see it just like daylight. Now keep in mind that the amount of ambient light has an effect on this, and we were hunting an animal that was not taller than the surronding brush. The IR light was only good for about five feet. We each shot about 20 jacks each using spotlights and AR15s, but we only got one each with the night vision scopes. The one he shot was in the middle of the road. The one I shot was not a legitiamate shot. I spotted the rabbit with a visible light, then at the last minute had my buddy shut off the spotlight after I had the rifle lined up; I would not have been able to make the shot using the night scope by itself and it was a shot inside of 10 yards.

In open country, with bright moon and star light, against an animal that stands above the brush, it would have been fine. Under the conditions we had, it wasn't any better than the naked eye.

May 8, 2003, 01:00 AM
Yes I have used 3rd Generation Starlight gear.

Specifically it was used to kill stock killing dogs and Coyotes.

VERY effective in ID'ing One German Sheppard that did 40% or so of all the damage to the lambs. Another 40% to wild dogs and only 20% by Coyotes. + 1 bonus Wild House Cat, Chicken killer.

Starlight Technology IS! very useful in stopping Livestock loss while not just trying to wipeout every Coyote and Bobcat in a 5 mile radius of where it happened.

May 8, 2003, 02:47 AM
Only things I've hunted with image intensifiers were on two legs and shooting back - but that was on another continent and a long time ago... (sigh!) Memories!

May 8, 2003, 07:50 AM
My wife and I use the NV stuff to watch wildlife from our den at night, and I have found that using it for a while totally ruins your normal vision. I have quit using it, prefering instead to acclimate to the ambient light. I can see more and better. I suppose in total darkness with the IR light, the NV stuff would be OK, but for the moment, I can live without it. Maybe I was using the wrong stuff, I don't know.

May 8, 2003, 10:51 AM
Redneck Night Vision Equipment:

A good Spotlight and a BSA Illuminated Reticle scope.

Thats all I've ever used.

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