The Best New Optics of 2017 for Alaskan Hunters

Vortex Optics Fury HD Laser Rangefinding BinocularVortex-Optics-Fury-HD-Laser-Rangefinding-Binocular.jpg
Combining high-quality optics and ranging capability into one unit, the new Fury HD 10×42 Rangefinding Binocular has a range of 1,600 yards and provides users with a high-quality image and fast readout. It’s now possible to range targets and call out distances to your hunting partner while watching for bullet impact. The binocular features dielectric fully multi-coated prisms and XR fully multi-coated HD lenses, as well as a rubber armored housing for a solid grip and durability in all conditions. The illuminated right barrel display can be set to yards or meters, with options for angle-compensated or line-of-sight readings as well as scan mode, which gives you readings as you track a moving animal.

Sightmark Rapid AR 3-12×32 SCR-300 RiflescopeSightmark_Rapid.jpg
This waterproof, shockproof and fogproof riflescope is worth considering for your scope needs. The 3-12 magnification and 32mm objective lens is well-suited to a wide range of shot scenarios that hunters face in Alaska. The digital reticle illumination control offers 10 brightness settings, which makes it easier to see animals in the scope over a wide range of light conditions, as does the 4.2-inch eye relief. The entire eyepiece rotates to adjust zoom. 1/4 MOA windage and elevation adjustments are easy to make with exposed, knurled, pop-up locking turrets. Lenses are multi-coated and scratch-resistant, offering protection for the optics in the harsh Alaska environment. There are a variety of scopes available in the Rapid line.

Leupold LTO-Tracker Thermal ViewerLeupold-LTO-Tracker-Thermal-Viewer.jpg
The all new Leupold LTO-Tracker Thermal Viewer allows hunters to get a greater understanding of their surroundings and have greater success recovering game long after the sun goes down. The compact LTO-Tracker is only 5.6 inches long and weighs less than 10 ounces, allowing it to be carried comfortably in a pant pocket. Equipped with a 6x digital zoom and 21 degree field of view, this thermal device will detect game up to 600 yards away. The LTO has six color palettes to choose from and a user-controlled reticle for greater viewing precision. Although using infrared cannot aid in the taking of animals in Alaska, it is a useful tool in a variety of other ways for outdoorsmen.