Rifle scopes:
This is the most important piece of equipment when calling or shooting at night. The low light
intensity requires a good quality scope which gathers enough light to be able to identify an animal out
to 300m. A scope with a magnification of 8 or higher power, but not more than 14 and a front lens
diameter of 50mm or more is required.
No farmer will forgive you for shooting a non target animal by mistake. Most mistakes can usually be
attributed to an inferior or under-powered scope. The scopes brands I recommend are Leupold,
Meopta, Zeiss, Swarofski, Schmidt und Bender, Khales, etc. which are top quality that won't let you
A rifle with a flat bullet trajectory should be used since it is difficult to judge distance at night. My
favored rifle is a Remington 700 in 22-250. I zero my rifle at 235 yards, which gives me 1.34 inches
high at 100 yards and 3.48 inches low at 300 yards. (Mussle velocity 3700 fps)
A good rest is essential whether you call from a vehicle or otherwise. I use a Harris Bi-pod which is
light to carry and easy to use even on uneven ground.
A shooting chair fitted onto the back of my vehicle enables me to take 300-yard shots through 360º
with confidence.