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Hunting Coyotes at Night: Why Night Vision?

Why Night Vision is Beneficial to Coyote Hunting

Hunting Coyotes at night versus the daylight can provide you with some of the best opportunities for a successful coyote hunt. Not to mention, the added thrill and adrenaline rush that often coincides with hunting these predators in total darkness. As you gear up, research, and prepare for hunting coyotes at night, you might begin to have questions. Why choose night vision optics over other options such as thermal, or light spotting? Here are some top reasons to consider night vision over the alternatives.


The most important and major advantage night vison offers is the level of clarity. Where other forms of optics might offer great detection of a coyote, night vision provides a high level of identification and clearer cut visibility. With a night vision scope such as the XANS550, you will be able to see clearer details of the coyote, observe behaviors, and stalk the animal just as you would in daylight. While thermal imaging can better detect the presence of the coyote, the imaging can sometimes be a bit more distorted, blocky, or blob-like especially if at a further distance. This clarity factor is extremely important when determining the right moment to shoot. If the image is blurry or has distortion, it can sometimes be with thermal imaging, you run the risk of wounding the animal or missing the shot entirely.


The versatility of night vision optics for hunting coyotes is also something to be discussed. Units such as the XANB50 offer coyote hunters a completely hands-free night vison experience. Night vision optics collect and intensify very small amounts of ambient light such as starlight or moonlight. Night vision optics increase the brightness of the image you see through the optic. These natural light sources often offer more than enough visibility to see a coyote clearly even on a very dark night. However, in a total pitch black coyote hunting situation, the simple addition of an affordable and attachable infrared flashlight to your night vision scope such as the XANF100 acts as an undetectable spotlight. The XANF100 provides the perfect amount of ambient light needed. In addition, most night vision optics tend to be lighter weight than other optic options, making it more easily portable.


Affordability is a major point of consideration in your optics choice for hunting coyotes at night. Night vision technology has been around much longer than thermal imaging. Because of this, it often puts it in a more affordable category of optics. Digital night vision optics options allow a hunter to use a unit in both daylight and total darkness. Therefore, you get a 2-in-1 optic benefit at an affordable cost. Check out all of the X-Vision Optics digital night vision choices here.