Optics for Prairie Dogs
When preparing for a Kansas prairie dog hunt, selecting good quality optics will pay dividends when the barrels start heating up. Tim Weddington, at 10 Gauge Outfitters, said, “Having good optics for prairie dogs is the number one priority.” When searching for a quality scope to top that varmint gun, look for scopes that are variable up to 20x. For binoculars, seek at least 10x power, according to Weddington.
While a hunter could consider a plethora of factors when searching for good optics for prairie dogs. Look for those with 1) BAK-4 prisms, 2) fully multi-coated lenses, and 3) waterproof/fogproof capabilities. Eye relief can be important if a hunter wears eye glasses, and a heavy optics can fatigue a hunter after a short time. But “field of view” is not extremely important since prairie dogs are typically found in wide-open areas.
Spend some time reading the reviews, and look for reviews that praise the optics’ edge clarity and brightness of view. While consumers tend to get what they pay for when it comes to optics. Keep in mind that more and more quality binoculars are being sold at a lower price, especially in the 10x range. Hunters can purchase excellent optics for less than $500. Weddington said he uses a spotting scope to assist clients. Coming prepared with good glass will make for an enjoyable time prairie dog hunting.