We won’t surprise anyone by saying that thermal vision significantly improves accuracy, detection, and identification capabilities when hunting. However, these aren’t the sole benefits of it. Allowing you to see beyond the visible – and remain covert yourself – it can also contribute to hunting safety as well as help with conservation activities. Today, together with Italian hunter Riccardo Tamburini, we’re exploring how.
First and foremost, thermal vision allows you to see way more than the naked eye. Capturing heat signals from far, not being obstructed by darkness, and even being able to reveal what’s hiding between thick vegetation, thermal vision makes you significantly more aware of your surroundings. This is beneficial in two ways – first, you can be sure of what’s behind the target. Second, you know exactly what you’re aiming at.
“Maximum safety for me means not accidentally hitting other animals you are not aiming at directly. For this reason, a thermal device can allow you to place the right shot on the right zanimal, saving all the others. Plus, a thermal unit gives me a chance to understand the sex, age class and status of the animals, thus ensuring that I always choose the right animal,” says Riccardo Tamburini, our ambassador and hunter from Italy.
Aside from minimized suffering and the eliminated possibility of hitting the wrong target, thermal vision can also contribute to animal well-being. One of its biggest advantages – as specified by Riccardo – is the possibility of remaining unnoticed. Not requiring any additional sources of light, it is very unlikely to attract the attention of wild animals.
He stresses the importance of this during the census: “Even our Wildlife Department suggests using a thermal device during census because you are completely unseen to animal eyes. This means that you can spend hours observing animals without alarming them; you have to consider that during winter, above all, every extra effort made by a wild animal could compromise its health, so it’s imperative not to disturb them during our observing sessions.”
Then, of course, is population management. With thermals, it is not just easier to get an overview of the local population but also to ensure that management activities are carried out correctly – by choosing the right animal in terms of species, sex, age, and health.
Riccardo also shares that he’s spotted quite a few wounded animals precisely thanks to thermal vision. “This helps to control the weak animals which could have been killed by a natural predator such as a wolf or bear. Having the chance to detect the animals so precisely helps the management of the game species themselves because you can add quality rather than quantity during the census,” explains the Italian hunter.
Of course, to get the best results, you need to choose the right device. And while we can assure you that any thermal from our range will do its job reliably, the particular pick depends solely on your preferences.
Riccardo, for example, always admits to going for a high-end device, like the Pulsar Merger or Thermion: “I prefer a thermal bino than a monocular because it helps me and my eyes during log observations while also giving me a very good clarity and detailed images.”
If you value compactness, a thermal monocular – like one of the Axion 2 models – will probably be better for you, as it fits in most pockets and takes up barely any space. Riflescope-wise, Talion can also become a trusty companion, especially if you typically hunt from smaller distances.
And, of course, pardon us for repeating ourselves, but no device can make the decision for you. Ultimately, it’s the hunter’s responsibility to ensure that every shot fired is as accurate and as just as possible while also not causing animals to suffer.
Before purchasing any night or thermal vision device, please make sure you adhere to the local legislation and only use it when it is allowed. Our ambassadors come from various countries and travel a lot, which allows them to test different devices. We do not encourage or support the illegal use of our devices in any events. If you wish to learn more about export and sales restriction policy, please visit the following link: Export and Sales Restriction Policy.