I am looking for the best pair of binoculars for wisconsin woods deer hunting under $500, no higher than 10 power. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks
Best binoculars for hunting wisconsin woods
I’ve used a pair of Vortex Diamondbacks the last few seasons(10x50). I don’t have anything bad to say about them. Great clarity, durable, they’ve held up well to weather and abuse(kids??). Highly recommend. Good Luck!
One more vote for Vortex.
There is only one company that makes binoculars, Vortex
In that price range you can get very good glass. Leupold, Meopta, Vortex, Steiner, Nikon, Cabelas all have good offerings. Go to Optics Planet to see many options and read reviews. Vortex is WI made. If you're a bow hunter, typical woods gun hunter, or don't use binos a lot, I'd stick with 8X. If you gun hunt over big open fields, consider the 10X. I have 8X Steiner and Cabelas and like them both. I've used Vortex 10X and they are excellent as well.
I bought a pair of Maven B.3 8x30 a few years ago for archery elk and Wisconsin whitetail hunting and have been VERY happy with them. They are compact, good clarity and low light performance, and not too expensive ($498 through their demo program right now, can try for 2 weeks and return if unhappy). For me they are the perfect bino for what I do. 8 power is plenty for glassing up to 500 yards given you have a good rest, but most of my use is in thicker cover where I can only see 100-200 yards max. My favorite part is that being a smaller, more compact bino, I can freehand them with one hand while holding my bow and have no problem with a shaky image. I highly recommend them.
Also, I’m running them in a Marsupial Gear bino harness and couldn’t be happier.
Leupold 10x42 Gold Ring
Bought the Leupold McKenzie 10x50's two years ago. For 50's they're pretty light and love the larger ocular (wear glasses). Great light gathering at dusk/dawn. Well within your budget.
I bought a vortex monocular two years ago for bowhunting, fits in my pocket and only weighs a couple ounces. I never used or liked to carry my good nikon 10x42 binoculars because 1) I never used them since I hunt thick areas. 2) extra weight and space. Basically all I use the monocular for is if I see a buck out of range to get a better look at the antler size.
Bought a pair of Cabelas brand binoculars about 3-4 years ago.10 power with coated glass, cost about $200, love em!