In today’s post we are going to show you how to choose the best hunting binoculars for your particular situation. We will show you our editor’s picks as well as complete reviews, by real hunters, of the best binoculars available today.
We will share our honest reviews about each of these binoculars so that you can make an educated decision as to what are the best binoculars for you and your situation.
Editor's Picks For The Best Hunting Binoculars
- Vortex Optics Viper HD Roof Prism Binocular
- Best Hunting Binoculars - Overall
- Advanced High Density Optical System
- Argon Purged and O-Ring Sealed
- User rating: 4.8 of 5 stars
- Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Roof Prism Binocular
- Best Binoculars For Bow Hunting
- ED Prime Glass
- User rating: 4.7 of 5 stars
- Nikon 7577 MONARCH 5
- Best Deer Hunting Binoculars
- Fully Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses
- User rating: 4.8 of 5 stars
- Vortex Diamondback Roof Prism Binocular
- Best Hunting Binoculars For the Money
- Stunning HD Clarity
- User rating: 4.8 of 5 stars
If you have been researching the best binoculars for hunting on the internet, you have no doubt come across the many articles that have clearly been written by non hunters.
Don’t be fooled by those articles. They are intended to sell you the binoculars that the author makes the most money from.
We are actual hunters and we have used each of these binoculars and evaluated them from a hunter's perspective.
We also reached out to our readers and asked the question:
"What are the best binoculars for hunting and why?"
In This Guide
- Editor's Picks For The Best Hunting Binoculars
- Best Hunting Binoculars in 2019 with Reviews
- Best Hunting Binoculars Comparison Chart
- Best Hunting Binoculars Video
- Best Binoculars for Deer Hunting
- Best Hunting Binoculars For The Money
- Best Binoculars for bowhunting
- Best Compact Binoculars for Hunting
- Best Hunting Binoculars Buying Guide
- 21 Factors To Consider When Choosing the Best Hunting Binoculars
- Best Hunting Binoculars Conclusion
Best Hunting Binoculars in 2019 with Reviews
The Vortex Optics Viper HD Roof Prism Binocular is our Editor's Choice for the Best Binoculars for Hunting.
We first put these binoculars to the test during the whitetail rut in Ohio last year and we were very impressed.
They replaced an old set of Cabelas binoculars that I had become quite fond of, and I have to admit that I was skeptical, but these binoculars are awesome!
The Viper HD comes with high density extra low dispersion glass and XR fully multi-coated lenses.
They are available in both 8X42 and 10X42 models. Both models weigh in at just over 24 ounces.
The 10X42 has a field of view of 319 feet, while the 8X42 has a very impressive 347 feet.
They are completely waterproof and fogproof thanks to sealed o-rings and argon gas purging.
The lenses feature an Armor Tek coating that is an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating that protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.
The binoculars body is protected by a rubber armor which provides a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection.
Here is a great video that illustrates the features of the Vortex Viper HD Binoculars and why they are the Best Binoculars for Hunting
One of the deciding factors in naming the Vortex Optics Viper as our Editor's Choice for the Best Hunting Binoculars is their incredible VIP Warranty.
Here it is directly form Vortex:
Our VIP warranty is about you, not us. It's about taking care of you after the sale.
VIP stands for a Very Important Promise to you, our customer. We will repair or replace your Vortex product in the event it becomes damaged or defective—at no charge to you. If we cannot repair your product, we will replace it with a product in perfect working order of equal or better physical condition.
You see, it doesn't matter how it happened, whose fault it was, or where you purchased it. You can count on the VIP Warranty for all Vortex Optics riflescopes, prism scopes, red dots, rangefinders, binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, and monoculars.
- Unlimited Lifetime Warranty
- Fully transferable
- No warranty card to fill out
- No receipt needed to hang on to
If you ever have a problem, no matter the cause, we promise to take care of you.
The only downside to these binoculars is that they are fairly expensive. At the time of this writing they are coming in just under $500, but if you are looking for the best hunting binoculars, there is no need to look any further.
Click here for our full Vortex Viper Binoculars Review.
After doing a lot of research on the internet, I purchased the Vortex Viper HD Binoculars and all I can say is wow! I am not used to this kind of quality in a pair of binoculars. Granted they were a little more expensive, but well worth it!
Best Hunting Binoculars Under $200
When searching for the Best Binoculars for Hunting, you know that there has to be at least one Bushnell in the mix.
I have to admit that I have been a fan of Bushnell optics ever since I was kid. Now at 52 years old, I am amazed at the quality of these Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Binoculars.
These hunting binoculars feature Prime Extra-Low Dispersion glass which brings out the most distinct details possible in low-light hunting conditions.
They also feature Rainguard HD. Bushnell's patented permanent water repellent coating and anti fog technology.
All in a lightweight magnesium chassis with soft touch grips, but that's not the best part.
The Bushnell Legend HD Binoculars are covered by the best in industry guarantee.
Bushnell's No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty Promise
"We’re proud to guarantee your complete satisfaction, and promise to repair or replace your product and ship it back to you at absolutely no charge. This fully transferable warranty covers accidental damage, as well as any defects in materials and workmanship, for the life of the product."
With this kind of quality and the legendary Bushnell name, you would expect to pay a lot more.
I have seen these hunting binoculars online for under $200
Click here for the full Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Binoculars Review.
I had a pair of Bushnell Legend HD binoculars that I accidentally left on the bumper of my truck. They fell off when I backed up and I ran them over, shattering the glass. Bushnell replaced them, no questions asked and no receipt required. I am a Bushnell customer for life.
Best Hunting Binoculars Under $300
I have to say that I had never used Nikon binoculars before, but I was very familiar with my old Nikon D200 camera, so when I came across the awesome reviews for the Monarch 5 binoculars, I was not surprised.
Nikon has shaved a full ounce off of the weight of the new Nikon Monarch 5. Couple that with extra low dispersion glass and fully multi coated Eco Glass lenses and you have a recipe for very high quality hunting binoculars.
Of course they are 100 percent waterproof and fogproof thanks to being nitrogen filled and o-ring sealed.
The exterior is covered in a durable rubber armored coating which provides superior protection and a non slip grip.
While Nikon does not provide as good of a guarantee as Bushnell, it still is pretty good.
Here it is word for word from Nikon:
Nikon No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy*
"For Binoculars, LaserForce Rangefinder Binoculars, Riflescopes, Scope Mounts and Fieldscopes
Nikon is dedicated to quality, performance and total customer satisfaction. If your Nikon Binocular, LaserForce Rangefinder Binocular, Riflescope, Scope Mount or Fieldscope requires repair not covered by our Limited Lifetime Warranty, just send it to us and Nikon will at our option repair or replace the product at no charge.
*Excludes lost or stolen products and intentionally caused damage, and also excludes Nikon Rangefinders, StabilEyes Binoculars & Specialty Optics."
Click here for the full Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars Review.
Best Hunting Binoculars Under $500
We were so impressed with the Nikon Monarch 7's little brother, the Monarch 5, that we immediately ordered a Monarch 7 to review.
The Monarch 7 has the most advanced optical system in any Monarch yet and it shows.
- Nikon’s premium Extra Low Dispersion glass and proprietary lens and prism coatings.
- Advanced Multi Layer Coatings
- Phase Correction Coated Prisms for true colors and high resolution
- Water Proof and Fogproof
- Rubber armor coated
And of course the Monarch 7 is covered by the Nikon No Fault Guarantee.
One of the things that we really liked about the Nikon Monarch is the tethered lens covers. These are very well secured and you won't lose the lens covers, like with every other hunting binocular you've owned.
You can see them below.
If you are looking for the best hunting binoculars under $500, you owe it to yourself to check out the Nikon Monarch 7.
Click here for the full Nikon Monarch 7 binoculars review.
Best Hunting Binoculars Under $500
The Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars have made our list for the best hunting binoculars under $500.
Here's why you should consider these high quality optics.
Zeiss optics are known for their superior German engineering and the Terra ED Binos are no different.
They are lightweight with an easy to grip, non slip surface and a large, smooth focus wheel.
Couple that with Schott ED glass and Zeiss hydrophobicc multi-coating and you can see why we have chosen the Terra ED as one of the best hunting binoculars under $500.
Here are some of the features of the Zeiss Terra ED:
- O ring sealed and nitrogen purged for 100% waterproof/fogproof performance.
- Fiberglass reinforced polyamide chassis for super lightweight and rugged design.
- Crystal clear, sharp images due to Schott ED glass and Zeiss hydrophobic multi coated lenses.
- Rubber armor coated with soft textured grip for comfort and durability.
- Large center focus knob for quick, easy adjustments.
- The Terra ED comes with a binocular harness which keeps the binoculars comfortably on your chest.
There are a couple of negative things that we should talk about with the Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars.
1. Even though the Terra ED Binos are German engineered, they are made in China. They are made to the German specifications, but the only way they could be manufactured at this price point is to outsource the work to China.
2. The Zeiss warranty is not as good as some of the other manufacturers. They do stand behind their product by guaranteeing to be free of defects, but they do not warranty against accidents etc.
These are very high quality binoculars, but we prefer the Nikon Monarch 7 as our top choice for the best hunting binoculars under $500.
Click here for the full Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars Review.