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Must-Have Elk Essentials for Archery Hunters in 2019

Relentless Drive

Nothing sends a shiver down a hunter’s spine quite like the sound of a bull elk bugling in the pre-dawn light. It’s an adrenaline rush you’ll chase all season, and for many seasons to come. Archery elk hunters know it well, as they are the lucky few to hunt during the rut. Are you venturing into the timber, bow in hand, to chase big bulls this year? Then you’d better make sure your optics are as relentless as you are. Here are four products from Leupold that won’t let you down.

BX-5 Santiam HD 10x42 Binocular

First thing’s first: a binocular. Knowing your surroundings and being able to pick out the tiniest details – like an antler hiding in the branches of thick timer – can make or break your hunt. That’s where the BX-5 Santiam HD binocular line comes in. You’ll see more in less light with our Twilight Max HD Light Management System, which adds up to 30 extra minutes of glassing time. The BX-5 Santiam HD’s optical design also eliminates eye strain, allowing for all-day glassing comfort. If you expect to spend hours behind your glass, this is the binocular you’ll want at your side. It’s tough, too: As with any Leupold product, it’s built to take the abuse any backcountry hunt can dish out. Waterproof, fogproof, and guaranteed to perform for life, the BX-5 Santiam HD redefines what a premium binocular should be.

Gold Ring 15-30x50mm Compact Spotting Scope

Archery elk hunters are known to put on maximum miles in the backcountry. If that’s what you’re planning, you’re going to want to keep your load light without sacrificing performance. When it comes to spotting scopes, nothing delivers that combination better than our Gold Ring Compact 15-30x50mm spotter. Meant to maximize pack-ability thanks to its lightweight housing, the Compact Spotter is at home with hunters who put miles on their boots every season. Carbon fiber construction keeps the spotter ultralight and incredibly tough, while its Twilight Light Management System ensures a vivid, sharp image. Designed, machined, and assembled in our Beaverton, Ore., factory, it’s the perfect choice for your next backcountry adventure.

RX-1600i TBR/W Laser Rangefinder

Once you call that trophy bull in you’ll need to know how far away he is – and you need a reading that you can trust. Our RX-1600i TBR/W laser rangefinder enters the market as the longest ranging unit in its class. It will hit 1,600 yards on reflective objects and 1,400 yards on trees. We’ve integrated our own proprietary ranging engine for relentless performance and accuracy. The RX-1600i TBR/W will also calculate arrow drop out to 175 with its bow-specific settings. Archery hunters will benefit from exceptionally bright and clear images with high light transmission and red OLED display. There’s no time to question your rangefinder when the big boy is closing in. Add an RX-1600i to your optics kit and you’ll never have to.

LTO-Tracker 2 HD Thermal Imager

Elk down? Then it’s time for the recovery effort to begin. That’s where the LTO-Tracker 2 HD comes in. The latest generation thermal we offer, it’s capable of helping you see through darkness, track an animal, aid in search rescue, or any other tasks where identifying a heat source might come in handy. Compact and lightweight, it’s the perfect choice for any hunt. The LTO-Tracker 2 HD shows you the heat signature of game, blood trails, and more – day or night. Designed to extend usability into the midday hours and help hunters locate downed game more efficiently than ever before, the all-new “Beacon” mode quickly re-calibrates the screen for increased detection in hot environments. When activated in one of three Hi-Bright screen colors, Beacon mode detects the warmest object in the active image and re-balances all the Hi-bright colors back down to grayscale. Delivering clear thermal images on a high-resolution 390x390 display, it’s great for locating game, too. Always check your local rules and regulations before using it in the field.

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