The Best Binoculars for Bowhunting Whitetails

The Best Binoculars for Bowhunting Whitetails

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Finding the right binocular can be a challenge but we can help point you in the direction of the best binoculars for bow hunting whitetails.

Hunting gear is a very personalize and divisive topic among hunters. You can find five different people with five different opinions, but since we’ve narrowed down the use of binoculars to bowhunting for whitetails, mostly done from a tree stand, you’d think we’d have a consensus here. Well, you’d be wrong. That being said, I think we can pick a good choice for the best binoculars for bowhunting whitetails.

Best Deer Hunting Binoculars

Depending on what area of the country you’re in and what your budget is can really dictate what type of binocular you’re going to use. Brands aside, most bow hunters typically need to be able to see in fields and through or into heavy cover. An 8 power glass is really good for hunters who are hunting in thick cover because it allows them to quickly find the deer in the binoculars and determine what it is.

Best Binoculars for Bowhunting

If you tend to hunt a field edge or large marsh area, you may want to lean towards a 10 power glass. I personally choose a 10X42 optic so that I can see out just a bit further than with an 8 power. In the Southern Midwest, a 10 power allows hunters to see deep into cedar thickets, marshy areas and along large ag fields so that they can get a good bead on a buck before it comes in close.

Bowhunting Binoculars

Here in Wisconsin, we have an abundance of large ag fields in the South part of the state and thick woods everywhere. Big marshes are around as well, so it’s nice to be able to see further. When hunting in a tree stand though, most of the time you’re only going to need to see a few hundred yards in front of you. Any 8 or 10 power optic should be able to do the trick in these situations.

As far as brands go, there really is no way to go wrong with that. Leopold, Bushnell, Nikon, Zeiss and more all make high quality binoculars. I personally am using Vortex Optics, made right here in Wisconsin right now. I love them and love the lifetime warranty on the binoculars.

Best Whitetail Hunting Binoculars

Size and weight is definitely a thing to consider as well when bow hunting for whitetails. 8 and 10X42 binoculars are going to be a bit smaller than a 10X50 or a 12 power, but if you’re sitting in a stand overlooking a large area, you may want to step up your power. I know plenty of hunters who choose to use a 12 or 10X50 binocular so that they can really see out far. The only thing is lens shake with these, and having a sturdy rest or tripod is a good idea.

What are the best binoculars for bowhunting deer?

Everyone has their own choice or rationale when it comes to choosing the best binoculars for bowhunting whitetails. I don’t think that you can go wrong with an 8 or 10 power, and may even want to see how your eyes react to a 12. As with any quality optic, buy the best ones you can afford and try out multiple types so that you can choose a brand for yourself and your budget.

PJ Cashman

PJ is the co-founder of and is an avid hunter and lover of all things outdoors.

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