Night Vision Hog Hunting AR15 Build

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision on 762/39 AR15
Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision on 762/39 AR15

When I get ready to go night vision hog hunting this is the beast I reach for!

A lot of talk on all the boards about what the best hog gun is.  In my opinion if you consider knock down power, accuracy out to 200+ yards, and ammo affordability the 762/39 AR15 wins hands down.

My hog gun is pretty spruced up and really gets the job done.

The scope specifications include 6-24x50mm, side focus, 30mm tube, Mil Dot reticle, and lock turret.  It is a quality no name scope I found on Ebay with great glass.  I can see .22 caliber bullet hole on the target at 100 yards easy.  

The AR15 lower is Anderson Arms multi-caliber with an upgraded Rise RA-434 3.5 lbs single stage flat trigger that I just love!  The upper is a Bear Creek 762/39 with the 16″ stainless steel barrel and 1:10 twist.

For night vision I am using Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on, 1000R model with the sound and video recorder.  It gets me 200+ yards of night vision with this scope and I can use all the magnification power of the scope with it.

Hog Gun 762-39 AR15 on table
Hog Gun 762-39 AR15

I have heard complaints about 762/39 cal AR15s having problems feeding ammo.  Not a problem at all for me with DURA-MAG magazines.  These sturdy steel mags have feed perfectly for me with no jams at all.  Some of the other mags I tried did occasionally jam which is not acceptable on a hog hunt!

This gun is not at all particular about ammo and I just shoot Wolf Polyformance 123 GR HP.  I am not the best shot and can get 1″ to 1.5″ groups with this ammo at 100 yards depending on how well these 60+ year old eye happen to be working that day.  Best of all it averages only 40 cents a round.

Learn about Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on products at:

www.digitalcrosshairs.net

or call 404-590-6513

Night Vision Hunting 101

 

Hunting with a night vision scope or night vision clip-on is a great way to hunt hogs, coyote, and other nocturnal predators.

Night vision uses projected invisible IR light that animals and people can not see to brighten up a field for viewing .   Many of these systems can see 200+ yards in total darkness.  The distance they see is mostly dependent on the power of the IR illuminator used.

Hog seen at night using Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on

Unlike thermal scopes that see heat signatures, night vision scopes see IR and other light that is reflected back into the scope.  Reflected back is the key phase here.  I was recently hunting a very large peanut field in South Georgia.  We used a thermal monocular to scan the field for hogs and spotted a group of them about 500 yards away.  That is way too far for the IR night vision on my gun.  Remember, night vision sees reflected IR light so in order to see something 500 yards away you would need an IR illuminator that was powerful enough to shine 500 yards.  It is possible but would weigh a ton mounted on a rifle so gets impractical.  That is why I use a hand held thermal monocular when walk and stalk hunting large fields and need to scan over 200 yards.

Scanning horizontally across a field with night vision is different from looking down at a feeder.  It goes back to reflected IR light.  When I was standing in that peanut field in the dark, my IR illuminator was reflecting off the ground and peanut plants.  Above the peanut plants was 500+ yards of nothing but darkness, nothing at all to reflect back off, that is, until I found the hogs.

So, let me paint the picture.  Night vision looking at black hogs in a dark peanut field.  Everything from the ground up appeared brightly lite up from the IR.  The black hogs gave a good contrast from the bright peanut plants but were less distinguishable from the black background of the horizon above them.  If they were white or brown hogs, they would have been much clearer against the dark background.

If I were in a stand looking down at these hogs the background would not be the horizon, it would be the peanuts and soil.  A much better contrast. See the difference.  If I were standing in the field looking toward a tree lined edge of the field the trees and brush would make a good reflective background to see the hogs versus looking into an open field.

The moral of the story here is, no matter what night vision scope or scope clip-on product you use, the quality of your view will only be as good as your IR illuminator light source.

Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on
Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Learn about Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on products at:

www.digitalcrosshairs.net

or call 404-590-6513

Night Vision Hog Hunting Cost

Night Vision Hog Hunting
Night Vision Hog Hunting with Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on

Night vision hog hunting can be costly but for some of us the thrill is well worth it.  Night vision hunting is quite different than hunting during the day.  For one thing, you don’t have to hide, the darkness is your blind.   Think about it, most predators hunt at night for this reason and so do I.  It a real thrill!

But what does night vision hog hunting cost?  In addition to your rifle or crossbow and scope, you will need night vision equipment.  There are a lot of choices when it comes to this.  Thermal scopes, night vision scopes, digital night vision scope and night vision scope clip-ons pretty much cover your rifle optics choices.  Hand held thermal monocular are a great addition if the budget permits.  This lets you easily scan the darkness without having to raise your gun and look through the scope.   This is just the equipment cost and to be fair some hunter on a low budget use a powerful green or red flashlight to find their pray.   For occasional hunters most outfitters offer the option of renting night vision equipped rifles for the nights hunt.

Night vision hog hunt pigs getting skinned
Night vision hog hunt pigs getting skinned after hunt

The cost of night vision hunting after you get the equipment is still pretty costly.  See the table below for the cost of my hunt this week at Owen Farm Hunting Preserve in Alapaha, Ga.  This is was a good deal.  Many hunters pay that much just for the outfitter.  You can save some cash by processing your own hogs but for $50 each I rather pay someone.

Alapaha Night Vision Hog Hunt 8/10/21
Hog Outfitter  $  300.00
Processing 2 Hogs  $  100.00
Hotel  $    77.00
Gas  $    40.00
Total  $  517.00
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on with harvested hog

Learn about Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on products at:

www.digitalcrosshairs.net

or call 404-590-6513

Tenn. wildlife commission considers night hunting for coyotes | WTVC

Night Vision Coyote Hunting
Night Vision Coyote Hunting

While many states, including Georgia, allow hunters to legally pursue coyotes after dark, the practice is forbidden in Tennessee. However the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, which governs hunting regulations in the state, is considering a change that could allow night time coyote hunting. (Photo courtesy U.S. National Park Service)

Source: Tenn. wildlife commission considers night hunting for coyotes | WTVC

 

Digital Crosshairs 1000 IR night vision clip-on adds night vision and low light capabilities to any day scope.  Mounts in less than one minute, with no re-sighting required.

Use on all Your Rifles Scopes for Night Vision 

Digital Crosshairs 1000 turns your day scope into a digital IR night vision scope.

Features

  • Converts a daytime rifle scope into a night vision rifle scope
  • 150-200+ yards night vision depending on scope and conditions
  • Fine image quality and resolution
  • Handles the heaviest recoils with no problem
  • Focusable 850nm long range IR illuminator
  • 6+ hour lithium-ion battery, with extra battery option
  • Weather resistant
  • Instant on, no warm-up required
  • Adapter fits any size scope up to 50mm eye piece
  • Upgradeable to future chip sets to protect your investment

www.digitalcrosshairs.net or call 404-590-6513

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Customer Reviews:

“Cool Product
Went hunting last Saturday night. I recently got the DC1000 and mounted it to my Bushmaster AR with a Simmons 44Mag scope. Dropped a pig like a rock at 140yds.! Picture was good and clear. IR light will easily reach 200 yds. I was kinda nervous at that distance since I hadn’t shot anything with the DC1000 yet, but it worked like a charm. Just a little weird aiming with the screen as opposed to looking through the scope. Waiting to put it on my 22-250, but going to have to trim the rubber down so bolt handle will clear to reload. If you don’t have at least a 1/2? clearance between bolt handle and scope, prior to mounting camera, you will have difficulty reloading. Would be really good if it came with a hard case and a metal key, instead of a plastic one, to tighten hose clamp on camera. If you’re going to move it from one gun to another you may want to purchase a second picatinney mount so it doesn’t take as long to switch it over. Otherwise, it’s a really cool product that works as advertised. Customer service is awesome. Had some operating issues and a battery charger issue in the beginning, but Henry was extremely helpful and resolved them in a hurry. 4 out of 5 stars due suggested improvements.”  Schneider

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“I’ve had a DC1000 since last year and have killed over 50 hogs with it so far (longest is 180 yds.). I love your product! My son is thinking of buying one. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to add the DVR. ”  Kyle (South Carolina)

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“What a great idea – Thanks Henry. Got my first chance to use this at a hunting preserve for a night hog hunt. Was able to select the biggest hog out of 12 in the corn field as if it were day time. Shot a plus 200 pound sow at over 200 yards and dropped it on the spot. Came home and ordered me a DC1000 system for myself and Henry gave me two extra batteries to boot. I have used it on my Savage 30-06 and my Mission crossbow with about 10 minutes to move it and have it working. Awesome customer service Henry.” Rufus M.

 

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MDC considers regulation changes regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control | Missouri Department of Conservation

Night vision coyote hunting
Night vision coyote hunting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri regarding coyote hunting and feral hog control. MDC is considering the changes in response to citizen requests to the Regulations Committee to use night vision, infrared, thermal imagery equipment or artificial light to hunt coyotes and from landowners to allow their authorized representatives to use night vision, infrared, or thermal imagery equipment without prior approval from a conservation agent to address damage caused by feral hogs……

 

Source: MDC considers regulation changes regarding coyote hunting and invasive species control | Missouri Department of Conservation

Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs 1000 IR night vision clip-on adds night vision and low light capabilities to any day scope.  Mounts in less than one minute, with no re-sighting required.

Use on all Your Rifles Scopes for Night Vision 

Digital Crosshairs 1000 turns your day scope into a digital IR night vision scope.

Features

  • Converts a daytime rifle scope into a night vision rifle scope
  • 150-200+ yards night vision depending on scope and conditions
  • Fine image quality and resolution
  • Handles the heaviest recoils with no problem
  • Focusable 850nm long range IR illuminator
  • 6+ hour lithium-ion battery, with extra battery option
  • Weather resistant
  • Instant on, no warm-up required
  • Adapter fits any size scope up to 50mm eye piece
  • Upgradeable to future chip sets to protect your investment

www.digitalcrosshairs.net or call 404-590-6513

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Customer Reviews:

“Cool Product
Went hunting last Saturday night. I recently got the DC1000 and mounted it to my Bushmaster AR with a Simmons 44Mag scope. Dropped a pig like a rock at 140yds.! Picture was good and clear. IR light will easily reach 200 yds. I was kinda nervous at that distance since I hadn’t shot anything with the DC1000 yet, but it worked like a charm. Just a little weird aiming with the screen as opposed to looking through the scope. Waiting to put it on my 22-250, but going to have to trim the rubber down so bolt handle will clear to reload. If you don’t have at least a 1/2? clearance between bolt handle and scope, prior to mounting camera, you will have difficulty reloading. Would be really good if it came with a hard case and a metal key, instead of a plastic one, to tighten hose clamp on camera. If you’re going to move it from one gun to another you may want to purchase a second picatinney mount so it doesn’t take as long to switch it over. Otherwise, it’s a really cool product that works as advertised. Customer service is awesome. Had some operating issues and a battery charger issue in the beginning, but Henry was extremely helpful and resolved them in a hurry. 4 out of 5 stars due suggested improvements.”  Schneider

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“I’ve had a DC1000 since last year and have killed over 50 hogs with it so far (longest is 180 yds.). I love your product! My son is thinking of buying one. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to add the DVR. ”  Kyle (South Carolina)

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“What a great idea – Thanks Henry. Got my first chance to use this at a hunting preserve for a night hog hunt. Was able to select the biggest hog out of 12 in the corn field as if it were day time. Shot a plus 200 pound sow at over 200 yards and dropped it on the spot. Came home and ordered me a DC1000 system for myself and Henry gave me two extra batteries to boot. I have used it on my Savage 30-06 and my Mission crossbow with about 10 minutes to move it and have it working. Awesome customer service Henry.” Rufus M.

 

#nitesiteamerica #irnightvision #hunting #predatorhunting #hoghunting #hoghuntingtexas

#vortexoptics #tremor3

Proposed Coyote Hunting Changes – News – Dodge City Daily Globe – Dodge City, KS – Dodge City, KS

Coyote in Night Vision
Coyote in Night Vision

At the upcoming Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Commissioner’s virtual meeting on June 25, 2020 – a new proposal will be discussed that, if passed, would allow coyotes to be hunted at night using lights, night vision and thermal imaging gear.

Coyotes can presently be hunted at night year-round, but without lights or any other equipment.

Source: Proposed Coyote Hunting Changes – News – Dodge City Daily Globe – Dodge City, KS – Dodge City, KS

Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs 1000 IR night vision clip-on adds night vision and low light capabilities to any day scope.  Mounts in less than one minute, with no re-sighting required.

Use on all Your Rifles Scopes for Night Vision 

Digital Crosshairs 1000 turns you day scope into a digital IR night vision scope.

Features

  • Converts a daytime rifle scope into a night vision rifle scope
  • 150-200+ yards night vision depending on scope and conditions
  • Fine image quality and resolution
  • Handles the heaviest recoils with no problem
  • Focusable 850nm long range IR illuminator
  • 6+ hour lithium-ion battery, with extra battery option
  • Weather resistant
  • Instant on, no warm-up required
  • Adapter fits any size scope up to 50mm eye piece
  • Upgradeable to future chip sets to protect your investment

www.digitalcrosshairs.net or call 404-590-6513

Hear full description of product at NRA Great American Out Door Show:

NEW Optional Accessories:

  • Near-eye wearable targeting display
  • DVR record to SDcard
  • Wireless video/Record on Android Cell phone or tablet

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Digital Crosshairs 1000 Customer Reviews:

“Cool Product
Went hunting last Saturday night. I recently got the DC1000 and mounted it to my Bushmaster AR with a Simmons 44Mag scope. Dropped a pig like a rock at 140yds.! Picture was good and clear. IR light will easily reach 200 yds. I was kinda nervous at that distance since I hadn’t shot anything with the DC1000 yet, but it worked like a charm. Just a little weird aiming with the screen as opposed to looking through the scope. Waiting to put it on my 22-250, but going to have to trim the rubber down so bolt handle will clear to reload. If you don’t have at least a 1/2? clearance between bolt handle and scope, prior to mounting camera, you will have difficulty reloading. Would be really good if it came with a hard case and a metal key, instead of a plastic one, to tighten hose clamp on camera. If you’re going to move it from one gun to another you may want to purchase a second picatinney mount so it doesn’t take as long to switch it over. Otherwise, it’s a really cool product that works as advertised. Customer service is awesome. Had some operating issues and a battery charger issue in the beginning, but Henry was extremely helpful and resolved them in a hurry. 4 out of 5 stars due suggested improvements.”  Schneider

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“I’ve had a DC1000 since last year and have killed over 50 hogs with it so far (longest is 180 yds.). I love your product! My son is thinking of buying one. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to add the DVR. ”  Kyle (South Carolina)

======================

“What a great idea – Thanks Henry. Got my first chance to use this at a hunting preserve for a night hog hunt. Was able to select the biggest hog out of 12 in the corn field as if it were day time. Shot a plus 200 pound sow at over 200 yards and dropped it on the spot. Came home and ordered me a DC1000 system for myself and Henry gave me two extra batteries to boot. I have used it on my Savage 30-06 and my Mission crossbow with about 10 minutes to move it and have it working. Awesome customer service Henry.” Rufus M.

 

#nitesiteamerica #irnightvision #hunting #predatorhunting #hoghunting #hoghuntingtexas

#vortexoptics #tremor3