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I got off a little early yesterday, so I decided to go hunting.  I keep a back pack ready for days like this, with binocs, etc.  I thought it was kind of heavy and when I got in the stand, I realized that I had three pair of binocs, Bushnell Compact 7X26, Pentax DCF SP 8X43, and Swarovski EL 8.5X42.  I saw several bucks, including one nice 8 pt that didn't give me a decent shot.  Right at dark, another deer walked out.  Without glass, I really couldn't see him.  The Bushnells were in my lap, so I looked and got the impression that he had a nice set of horns, but couldn't positively tell.  The Swaros were in the case so I got the Pentax's and could see that he had a very nice set of horns.  I picked up my rifle; it had a Conquest 3-9X40 on it.  The view was not quite as good as the Bushnells, not adequate for me to make a good shot.  I kept the scope on him, hoping that he would step out into the open a bit, but he never did.  It was getting darker by the second, so I got out the Swaros just to see what they offered.  There was a bit more detail than the Pentax, but no more brightness.  What did I learn?  I don't need any better binocs (the Swaros belong to my brother).  An illuminted reticle would have been worthless; I could still see the reticle in the Conquest but couldn't see the deer well enough.  Would a 50mm objective made any difference? I doubt it.  Dark is dark, and no scope will ever allow you to see as well as binoculars.  I've known all along the only real answer for those smart, old bucks is night hunting.
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