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Must-Have Optics for Your Next Mule Deer Hunt

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Deer seasons are opening across the country. Are you planning on chasing mule deer this season? Don’t miss out on a monster because your optics couldn’t deliver in the clutch. Check out some of Leupold’s latest releases and refresh your optics kit before opening day arrives.

VX-3i 4.5-14x40mm CDS Riflescope

What do hunters want most in a scope? Plain and simple: Outstanding performance in low-light conditions and an incredibly tough, lightweight design. Leupold’s VX-3i line delivers that and more. The VX-3i 4.5-14x40mm CDS model is perfect for a mule deer hunter. You’ll see more in less light with the Twilight Max Light Management System, which adds up to 20 extra minutes of shooting light and eliminates 85% more glare-producing stray light than its competitors. Its super lightweight build is backed by Leupold’s legendary reputation for ruggedness, and verified through the company’s “Punisher” impact testing process. The optional CDS (Custom Dial System) eliminates the need for holdovers on longer shots – just dial to the proper distance and hold your reticle on that mule deer’s vitals. Waterproof, fogproof, and guaranteed to perform for life, the VX-3i line is designed, machined, and assembled in the United States.

BX-4 Pro Guide HD 10x42mm Binocular

Next up is your binocular, and Leupold’s BX-4 Pro Guide HD offers everything a deer hunter is going to need. Built around the Twilight Max HD Light Management System, the BX-4 Pro Guide HD binocular features specialized lens coatings that allow you see more in less light – you’re looking at adding up to 30 extra minutes of glassing time. A lightweight aluminum body delivers incredible ruggedness, and an open-bridge, dual-hinge design provides comfortable hand placement. Guard-ion lens coatings easily shed dirt and water for clear, crisp images. Don’t let that trophy buck give you the slip in the predawn light. See the unseen and have him on the ground in time for a late breakfast.

SX-4 Pro Guide HD 15-45x65mm Spotting Scope

Mule deer season calls for putting on a lot of miles – be it on foot or behind the wheel of your truck – while scouting. When you stop to take a long gander across the prairie, you’re going to need glass that’ll make it easier for you to tell a shooter buck from one that needs another year or two of growth. In short, you need the new-for-2019 SX-Pro Guide HD 15-45x65mm spotting scope. Perfect for your pack or for a window mount, the Pro Guide HD spotter is a must-have for any serious hunter. It features an incredibly rugged magnesium body that is waterproof and fogproof, an oversized eyepiece that provides all-day glassing comfort, and the Twilight Max HD Light Management System. An ultra-smooth focus provides razor-sharp images while an integrated sunshade controls glare. Oh, and it’s guaranteed to perform for life. You can’t go wrong with this spotter.

RX-1600i TBR/W Laser Rangefinder

Once you find your muley, 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 reaches out to 1,600 yards on reflective objects and 1,400 yards on trees. We’ve integrated our proprietary ranging engine for relentless performance and accuracy. Couple that with its True Ballistic Range/Wind (TBR/W) technology, which provides ballistically calculated ranges for uphill and downhill shooting, and you have the perfect rangefinder for chasing deer across any terrain. It’s great if you’re an archery deer hunter, too. 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 Thermal Imager

Mule deer down? Then it’s time for the recovery effort to begin. That’s where the LTO-Tracker 2 comes in. The latest generation thermal Leupold offers, it’s capable of helping you see through the 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 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 240x204 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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