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

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Karl’s Story – Black River Search and Rescue

Karl at Black River Search and Rescue uses Digital Crosshairs 1000
Karl at Black River Search and Rescue uses Digital Crosshairs 1000

As a former Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, Training Officer, SWAT Operator, and Canine Officer. He is a trained and certified SAR Tech with numerous SAR operations conducted with multiple different police agencies. …

source: Karl’s Story – Black River Search and Rescue

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Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on
Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on Review

“Purchased the DC 1000 system for night hog and coyote hunting as well as for night operations for search and rescue (Black River Search and Rescue). The system is awesome – works well and provides a clear picture out to 200 yards! I’m hard on equipment and almost immediately broke the post that supports the video screen. 1 call, and I had a new post for free, AND an upgraded tightening key! Then I lost my battery pack charger. Another call, and 3 days later I had a free replacement!
The equipment works awesome, and Henry Johns’ customer service is extraordinary! I HIGHLY recommend the Digital Crosshair products!”
Karl Allen
Black River Search and Rescue Inc

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New Night Vision Scope Clip-on With HD Audio & Video Recording


Digital FOV, LLC is proud to introduce Digital Crosshairs 1000R-V2. This is the latest night vision clip-on in the Digital Crosshairs 1000 product line. It now includes drone industry HD video and audio recording and playback technology.

This product captures a night vision hunting experience as a HD motion picture with sound. It captures video from your scope and sound onto a Micro SD Memory Card ( supporting up to 32GB) which can be played back on the attached targeting display or on any desktop or mobile device that can read a memory chip.

·* Video compression format: MJPEG
· *Resolution: VGA (640 * 480) / D1 (720 * 480) / HD (1280 * 720)
· * Record file format: AVI
· * Recording sound: ON/OFF selectable
· * Cycle recording time: 10min/20min/30min
· * Frame rate: 30 Frames

This product mounts on any scope in less than one minute without proprietary adapters. No need to re-zero the scope. The included IR illuminator and targeting display mounts using a standard picatinny rail scope adapter that is included in the kit. Just mount it, turn it on, and go hunt. No programming, aps to download or sighting-in required. Now your best Leupold, Vortex, Nikon, Burris, or Schmidt Bender can be used in total darkness at ranges beyond 200+ yards.

The Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on product line has a modular design that allow for the integration of the “best available” night vision camera boards, lenses, IR illuminators, battery technology, and recording devices in the industry. “The philosophy at Digital FOV is to integrate the best technologies in the industry, not try to build them”, said Henry Johns, Chief Technology Innovator at Digital FOV, LLC. This design feature also enables Digital Crosshairs 1000s, that are purchased today to be upgraded by the company as the technology improves.

Digital FOV is a leader in the manufacture of affordable yet effective night vision clip-on devices that turn any standard day scope into a digital low light & night vision scope.
https://www.digitalcrosshairs.net
https://www.digitalcrosshairs.com

Media Contacts:
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Digital FOV, LLC
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https://www.digitalcrosshairs.net

Hog Charges Officer


Walton County deputy sheriff is charged by vicious wild hog.

Working in law enforcement can result in some interesting calls, but some calls go beyond what even an officer of the law can imagine.

Rock Podeszwa, a deputy sheriff in Walton County, recently received a call around five o’clock in the afternoon regarding a vicious and angry wild hog.

“At first I thought for sure it was going to be like a piglet or a domestic pig,” Rock said. “I was receiving information from dispatch that the wild hog was trying to attack and charge the neighbor, trying to charge the female and trying to get at her goat and her dog.”

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on can help you bring home more tails.

I you got these guys (wild hogs) then you need this guy ( Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on). Turn any rifle scope into a digital night vision scope in less than one minute with night time vision over 200+ yards.

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A Plague of Pigs in Texas

Now numbering in the millions, these shockingly destructive and invasive wild hogs wreak havoc across the southern United States

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE
JANUARY 2011

bout 50 miles east of Waco, Texas, a 70-acre field is cratered with holes up to five feet wide and three feet deep. The roots below a huge oak tree shading a creek have been dug out and exposed. Grass has been trampled into paths. Where the grass has been stripped, saplings crowd out the pecan trees that provide food for deer, opossums and other wildlife. A farmer wanting to cut his hay could barely run a tractor through here. There’s no mistaking what has happened—this field has gone to the hogs.

“I’ve trapped 61 of ’em down here in the last month,” says Tom Quaca, whose in-laws have owned this land for about a century. “But at least we got some hay out of here this year. First time in six years.” Quaca hopes to flatten the earth and crush the saplings with a bulldozer. Then maybe—maybe—the hogs will move onto adjacent hunting grounds and he can once again use his family’s land.

Wild hogs are among the most destructive invasive species in the United States today. Two million to six million of the animals are wreaking havoc in at least 39 states and four Canadian provinces; half are in Texas, where they do some $400 million in damages annually. They tear up recreational areas, occasionally even terrorizing tourists in state and national parks, and squeeze out other wildlife.

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on

I you got these guys (wild hogs) then you need this guy ( Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on). Turn any rifle scope into a digital night vision scope in less than one minute with night time vision over 200+ yards.

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

South Carolina Night Hunting Regulations

South Carolina DNR 2018 Regulations – Feral Hogs

Feral hogs may be hunted at night on a registered property on which a person has a lawful right to hunt, using any legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow. This includes the use of bait, electronic calls, artificial lights, and night vision devices. A property may be registered online on the SCDNR website (www.dnr.sc.gov/nighthunt), and must be registered annually. It is unlawful to hunt feral hog at night on property not registered with SCDNR. Persons convicted of night hunting for deer, bear, or turkey during the previous five years are ineligible to hunt feral hogs at night.

Source: SCDNR – Rules and Regulations

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How to compare digital night vision scopes

Raccoon night vision view with Digital Crosshairs

If you are thinking about getting a digital night vision scope to do some night hunting you may be wondering how to compare them.  Well there are some factual metrics you can use as a base line.

All digital night vision is built using a digital video camera board that is looking through optics and here is where you start your comparison.  Most vendors don’t tell you the specification of these components but that does not mean you can’t ask.

Digital video camera boards are rated in resolution and light sensitivity.  The resolution is described as the number of television lines of clearity (TVL) and the light sensitivity is rated in LUX.  The smaller the LUX rating the more sensitivity the camera board has to light, the better it can see with low levels of light.

The video camera boards used to build Digital Crosshairs 1000 has a very low LUX rating of .03 LUX.  The video camera board has a resolution of 1000 TVL.  The systems resolution is a combination of the video camera board and the quality of the lens it uses. Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses 3meg large format IR lenses that gather light with high levels of efficiency.

So the first questions you want to ask the manufacturer of a digital night vision scope is:

  1. What is the resolution of the video board camera that they are using?
  2.  What LUX level is the video board camera that they are using?
  3. How many megapix is the lens they are using?
  4. How powerful is the IR illuminator that comes with the scope?

This will not totally define the quality of the system you are evaluating but is comparable to asking a car dealer what kind of motor you get with the car.

All digital night vision systems have a video display.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses a large 4.3″ rail attached display that is 320X240 in resolution.  The digital night vision systems that are fabricated to look like a traditional scope with an eye piece to look into use a near-eye display, but it is still a display.  The resolution of a mobile night vision device is limited to reduce the battery drain.  Analog display of a lower resolution than digital displays consume less power so they last longer in the field.   Night vision resolution does not have the same visual perception as day vision.  Digital night vision is traditionally high contrast black and white images.

Clarity is going to be a function of the video camera board, scope optics, and the display.  The clarity at different magnifications and ranges will depend on if the solution is using a digital zoom or physical magnification from the glass optics.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses the physical magnification of the glass optics.  The better the optics you attach it to, the clearer your image.  Digital magnification is stretching a limited number of pixels until the image blurs.  Using a scope with an adjustable objective,  Digital Crosshairs 1000 will focus clearly at any magnification level on the scope.

The quality of a digital night vision device is the result of the quality of it’s components.  Lesson here or at least my advice, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Technology advances very rapidly so make sure you are not paying for 2016 technology in 2018.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 is built so that the night vision capture board can easily be upgraded as the technology advances.

There are a lot of good choices but if you are considering a clip-on that you can use with multiple scoped guns and crossbows please give  us a look.

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Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on

No night vision scope can compare to good glass optics

Here is a good review of night vision scopes

Reviews of the Best Night Vision Rifle Scopes in 2017 – Optics Den

But why not keep your glass optics day scope and use a night vision clip-on?
This night vision coyote hunt video was shot using Digital Crosshairs 1000R night vision clip-on.  How many deer just got saved by this hunter?

I promise you will never find a night vision or thermal scope that gives you the clarity of good glass optics during the daylight, when you probably do most of your hunting.  Coyote and wild hogs are a real problem today and night vision hunting is one of the best solutions next to trapping.

You will never find a digital scope that gives you the clarity of an optical zoom.  Digital Crosshairs is a digital night vision scope clip-on that uses the optical zoom of your scope, not some fuzzy pixel enhancement that others do.

Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

If you want to keep your Leopold, Vortex, Nikon or other quality scope and still enjoy night vision hunting to help with coyote problems or just put some pork on the grill, check out Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on .

Call 404-590-6513.  or learn more at www.digitalcrosshairs.net


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Source: Reviews of the Best Night Vision Rifle Scopes in 2017 – Optics Den

Night Vision Clip-on Simulation

Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on is a real game changer.

Not since the invention of a rifle scope back around the 1940’s has anything been as exciting as the new Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on.  A new approach to shooting that uses an LCD displays for targeting.  From iron sights to optical scopes and now a game like digital display interface makes shooting easier and provides the hunter with extended visibility in day light, at dusk and dawn, and even in total darkness.

Simply target by looking at the screen.  This makes day or night hunting with a scoped rifle, pistol, or crossbow as easy as playing a video game, but deadly.

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

 

The beauty of using a night vision clip-on is that it does not replace the optics on a rifle, it simply enhances it with visibility into low light and total darkness situations.  Gun owners can continue to use the optics that they have mounted and sighted in during the day and at night just clip-on this digital enhancement to continue hunting into the night with no re-sighting required.

The Digital Crosshairs 1000 product mounts on any scope in less than a minute.  It is easy to move from gun to gun so you are not limited to one gun dedicated to night vision, use any gun you want.  This is a key benefit to gun owners that have multiple scoped guns or crossbows.  No longer are they limited to only using one gun for night hunting.  They can now use anyone they want.

Best of all, at just $600 it is an affordable choice for any hog or coyote hunter that is interested in night hunting.  Compare its’ 150+ yards night vision range with Gen 2+ products that cost thousands more. Dedicated night vision devices using intensifier tube technology or thermal cost thousands of dollars when you get to this level of visibility clarity and distance.

Since Digital Crosshairs is an eye piece mounted clip-on that looks through the scope, the better your scope is the better performance you will get at night.  Mounted on a Barska 56mm scope, a test unit was seeing over 300 yards at night.

There are a lot of good digital night vision devices on the market today but this one’s key advantage is that it lets a hunter use any scoped gun at night without re-sighting.  It turns all your scopes into night vision scopes in minutes.

Learn more at:  www.digitalcrosshairs.net

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Digital Night Vision, Intensifier Tube, and Thermal Scope Comparison

Generally Speaking

We think Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on is a great choice but here is some general information to think about when deciding on a night vision product.

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

It don’t have to cost thousands of dollars to kill a few hogs in the dark!

About Night Hunting-

  • All dedicated night vision and thermal scopes will cause temporary night blindness after looking through them in the dark. Your eye pupils will shrink from the light in the scope and will take a few seconds to re-open and adjust to the darkness. Only exception are Digital Crosshairs and NiteSite products that use LCD displays.
  • It is very hard to judge distance when you are in the dark and your only field of view is through your night vision device.
  • No night vision scope is as clear as a high quality day vision scope.  It is the best of both world using a clip-on.
  • Check with your night vision manufacturer about maximum caliber weapons they support.

Digital Night Vision

Pros Cons
Gen 2 or better equivalent at lower Cost. More natural image, easier to identify target than thermal IR reflects off leave & brush affecting visibility
Use Day or Night Smoke and fog decrease visibility
Tougher, more rugged Requires IR illuminator for optimal use
Cost less than thermal and Intensifier tube technology IR illuminator has faint glow that may give your position away
Clear target identification at 50 to 150+  yards Optics do not compare with high quality day scopes
Many have video output and/or record capabilities Some have programmable features may not be practical in fast pace hunting situation
Fast startup time, sometime instant on Camouflage is often still effective.
Can see through windows
Better visibility in rain than thermal
High contrast black and white night vision image
CMOS night vision sensors do not have limited life span like intensifier tubes and thermal

 

Intensifier Tube (I2) Night Vision

Pros Cons
More natural image, easier to identify target than thermal Fog, smoke and dust obscures the image
Gen 3 on has longer range than most digital night vision Larger/Heavier
Cheaper than thermal optics Worthless during the day or in lighted rooms
Benefits from IR illuminator but Gen 2-4 intensify light without IR Camouflage is often still effective.
Sensitive can be damaged if exposed to bright light
Bright lights and fire stacks will cause them to shut off for protections
Limited lifespan
More expensive than digital night vision
Cannot handle large caliber weapons
 Optics do not compare with high quality day scopes

 

Thermal Night Vision

The major difference with thermal-IR is that thermal-IR is emitted by an object instead of reflected off it. No light source is required with thermal.

Pros Cons
See in any lighting conditions – Day and Night Nearly impossible to positively ID person except with most expensive equipment
See through smoke/fog/dust/sand Image requires some training to interpret
See through leaves, brush and thin materials Hot objects like rocks and hot building in urban areas will wash out human and animal heat signatures
Track residual heat (handprints, footprints) Long startup/warm up time
Works in absolute darkness Thermal optics cannot see through windows
Give off no light, will not give your position away Extreme cold can affect the quality of a thermal image
Long range target acquisition Generally more expensive
Many have video out capabilities Larger and heavier
Fast target acquisition Does not work in rain, misty, very humid conditions
Durable solid state technology Optics do not compare with high quality day scopes

Closing thoughts

To some extent, buying night vision is like buying a car.  There are some really good choices out there and a few lemons.  One thing to remember, you can’t see in the dark so if you plan to move around stalking none of these will help you get around.

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on has an LCD display that give off just enough light that you can see where you are stepping, but not so much as to alert the animals you are hunting.

Check out our video at: https://youtu.be/Ayu8AYZApJQ