I get asked quite often what the most important piece of equipment that I have in my predator hunting arsenal is. Most often, people are asking that question in hopes of getting the inside track on what makes some people more successful than others, while some people are hoping that you can reaffirm their belief in spending that extra money for a 640 core instead of a 384 core thermal scope. This is a two-sided question depending on which school of thought that you fall under and I will explain why in just a few minutes. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you are being realistic with why you are asking this question and what it is you are trying to find out. Secondly, and equally as important, is making sure the people giving you answers to these questions are reputable sources and people that don’t have hidden agendas to just push sales to as many people as possible. With that being said, let’s discuss this a little!
So, if you are one of those people who fall into the “increasing your success” category, then this might frustrate you a little bit, but also try to provide some clarity on the subject. If you are wanting to increase your success, there’s no magic bullet, call, thermal or camo that’s going to make that happen, unfortunately. However, you can find people who are having the same sort of success that you would like to achieve and work on figuring out the difference between what their approach is and what your approach is when you’re out hunting. There is a good chance, you most likely already possess the equipment that you need, but you don’t have the approach and in-field portion quite figured out yet. This is where social media and Facebook groups, such as Predator Central and Predator Hunting: Tips, Tricks and Tactics comes into play. These groups were designed by hunters, for hunters, to allow people from all around the world to discuss their approaches and techniques openly to help others who may be having similar roadblocks in their way to success.
Now, if you are one of those people who are looking for key equipment differences and performance in the field answers, then you have even more resources available to you than you probably even realize. For instance, if you follow the ATN Facebook Page, you can see numerous videos from the ATN Ambassadors from around the world. Take a few moments to read the details on the video so that you can have a better understanding of what it is you’re exactly seeing. Firearm type, Distance, Humidity, Color Pallet, Scope Model, Day or Night, Thermal or Night Vision and more! This is the type of information that you can ascertain by doing a little bit of legwork and taking some time to research the optics that interest you and can suit the exact needs that you have. This will allow you, as the consumer, to know if a certain model of scope or binocular or hand scanner will fit the needs that you have!
Lastly, this is something a lot of people probably do not think about, but for me it is one of the most important pieces I can take to the field with me. Having a thermal hand scanner to detect the presence of predators that I am hunting is probably the most important piece of equipment I have. Currently I run the ATN OTS-HD 2.5-25x 640 core thermal hand scanner. To me, this is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment in my arsenal. Having the ability to detect and ID in 360 degrees from where I am standing almost instantaneously. This allows me to be able to make quick target acquisition and then switch from handheld to weapon mounted thermal or night vision optic. This alleviates the need for me to have to scan, acquire and ID targets all from my weapon and having to spin in circles behind my weapon that’s mounted on my tripod. This, to me, is why a handheld thermal scanner is my most important piece of equipment, and this is why I choose the ATN OTS as my hand scanner when I want the best bang for my buck when it comes to clarity and functionality of a thermal scanner!