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June 2012

Well it’s been awhile since my last post.  Hog’s have had a great spring in Texas, and as usual are preparing to tear apart the country side.  I’ve continued to utilize some of my new toys.  The latest updates to the Nitehog Tuskir 384 are looking great including the new extended battery pack and internal image capture.  Another new toy I put into play this year is an Iphone NVG adapter made by US Night Vision.  This allows for your PVS-14 to sync directly with your Iphone allowing you to capture true night vision photo’s and images.  I recommed everyone check out both products.  Please let me know if you have any question regarding night vision or thermal products

 
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Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous 2012.  Now go kill some Hogs…..

 
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Mid December Deer Status

Merry Christmas fellow bloggers,

I’ve scheduled another hunt shortly after Christmas and will
again try and take a nice 11 point nicknamed “Lobster” off the ranch in Gilmer,
TX.  This time I’m planning to take my 8
& 10 year old boys for company, possibly one of them will get a shot off at
one of the cull bucks.

Yesterday I picked up my deer meat from Kuby’s in
Dallas.  I highly recommend this
processor if you’re near the DFW area.  I
will post another message after the hunt, but want to take the time to wish
everyone a very Merry Christmas and prosperous new year…..

 
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Deer Season-Nov Recap

Hey Everyone,

I took a short break this month to take advantage of deer season. Season
looks promising as I’ve already taken 1 doe, while I still try to locate a buck
with a span of 13″ to meet the state’s minimum requirements. This is the
first year that I’ve used some of my hog hunting equipment for deer. My primary
advantage has been utilizing my L-3 X200XP hand held thermal. This has been
great in allowing me to observe deer before sunrise and see the most common
trails being used. Although you can’t use thermal for hunting it does give you
an advantage in seeing what’s out before sunrise, but also allowing you to
observe the deer’s habits after dark. Many of the deer have been moving an hour
or so after sunset. As the season progresses I’ll let everyone know the outcome

 

 
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September Hunting Update

Hey everyone. I went out a few weeks ago to do some hunting in
East Texas near Gilmer. Due to a crescent moon, this hunt relied heavily on
NVG’s (Night Vision Goggles), and Thermal products.

Gear used
for this trip

NITEHOG X15 Night Vision Binocular

L-3 X200 Thermal Camera

NITEHOG Tuskir 384 Thermal Weapon Sight

Larue 5.56 Suppressed rifle

Surefire Infrared Red/White light Flashlight

One thing to understand about night vision is that in

extreme low light or heavily wooded areas, you may need some external IR source

to help brighten up your scene. You can

usually find some good IR flashlights on the market. I prefer Surefire’s due to
its size and

versatility.

I also tried two different strategies on the hogs this

weekend. The first was a more

traditional stalk and wait approach, but after a few hours and 5 pounds lighter

after sweating in the Texas heat I called it a night. Using my Nitehog Tuskir

384, I did observe lots of deer crossing from trails to open pastures.

Day 2 I decided to stage at a ground blind placed around

several feeders. This was deep in woods,

and my night vision goggles were extremely tested. Thanks to the team at
Nitehog I was equipped

with a system featuring L-3 Unfilmed image tubes. These typically outperform
the standard

Pinnacle grade products. Using the

thermal helped identify some deer and raccoons, but again no hog movement this

evening. I guess this is how it goes

sometimes. I personally believe that

with no moon, the hogs weren’t moving, but I welcome any feedback from any

fellow hunters.

 

 

 
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August Hunting Update

Been working in hunts as possible, but have had great success in
South Texas using a combination of night vision (PVS-14) and Nitehog’s new
Thermal Tuskir 384
. I believe the estimates for the hog population in Texas
are way under rated. During our recent hunts we have been encountering groups
of 25-75 hogs. Has anyone else has encountered large numbers of hogs recently?

 
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Hog Hunting Tips & Strategies

I just recently started hog hunting in Texas to help do my part in
reducing this out of control breeding machine. With a heavy background in Night
Vision (Image Intensified & Thermal) I’ve found great success utilizing the
latest commercially available products. I started this blog to try and pass
this information along and make sure that fellow hunters are pointed in the
right directions for products and consumer protection.

The first step you have to do is determine what type of technology
provides you with the best advantage. Image
intensification
“I2” utilizes ambient light and provides the user with a
Green Image. Several versions are available from monocular to weapon sights.
Image intensification is a great product because it provides excellent contrast
and clarity, but its downfall is the requirement for ambient light. In extreme
low light situations you may require some form of external infrared light to
easier identify targets. Surefire makes a few variable lights with IR
capability.

Your second option is a Thermal monocular or
weapon sight. Although these dramatically range in price Thermal systems
basically detect heat from various surroundings. This clearly helps identify
hogs or other varmints day or night.

My primary choice is a combination of both technologies. I utilize
two primary weapons for hog hunting. A suppressed Larue OBR 7.62 with a Nitehog
Tuskir 320 and on my 5.56 the M2124 (CNVD) made by L-3 in conjunction with a
Trijicon ACOG. The choice usually depends on the stage of the moon and location
of the hunt. In an open field with half moon or more I utilize the ACOG/CNVD
and in lower light situations depend on the Thermal sight.

I also typically utilize a NVG goggle like thePVS-14 or PVS-15 to
get into position and also identify targets. Before I purchased a thermal
weapon sight I used to use an X-200 thermal monocular to identify targets and
then use my ACOG/CNVD to take my shots.. Although I prefer to use my thermal
weapon sight, you do need to be aware of the shooting environment and
understand that some obstacles not visible with thermal may deflect your round
like branches or shrubs.

Now without listing any specific company’s buyers need to do their
research before purchasing anything. Some companies offer knock-off clones, and
if the price seems too good to be true than it is. Like dogs a good night
vision or thermal system will have a pedigree. For image intensification it’s very
important to insist on Generation 3 U.S. manufactured products. Most will come
with a tube data sheet which outlines the systems performance. Prices for Gen 3
will vary drastically for high end performance to good performance. Understand
that most tubes in the market do have some form of imperfection like blemishes.
These won’t affect the performance but offer a great deal for budget minded
consumers. Thermal products are a little less critical on the manufacturer of
the thermal camera, but you do want the best possible image clarity. Prices
range dramatically, but it’s essential that you identify a product that can
maintain boresight. A lot of products I previously tested all had issues with
boresight retention and especially when objects were magnified. Thermal
products are not cheap, so do your research……

I hope this information helps and I look forward to getting
everyone’s tips and strategies…..

 

 

 
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