Hog Hunting With Rifle Lights
Using a rifle light for hog hunting is gaining in popularity as technology improves how they function. Gone are the days that a tiny little light had to be strapped your your rifle and you were lucky if you could see your cross hairs in the dark.
Today’s rifle lights are very advanced and extremely durable. Choosing the right one can be a bit tricky if you have not had a few different lights in the past. Just using a “tactical” light won’t always get you what you need when hog hunting with your rifle light.
Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe that it doesn’t matter what you hunt with, as long as you hunt. My objective is always to get hunters in the field, expose new hunters to the sport, and to ALWAYS make sure we take a minute to get kids involved and exposed to the world of hunting.
Used to be that the only way to rifle hunt your feeder for hogs was by using a feeder light. And, they work good. BUT with todays products you can actually get a good high quality rifle hunting light for about the same cost, or even less.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I DID NOT SAY CHEAP! One thing is universal, if all you are shopping for is low price, that’s about all you’re going to get most of the time. This is also not to be confused with paying more means you get a better product.
I like a good balance between high quality and fairly priced. Now, to me, a fair price is one I can understand, AND one I don’t have to save for 6 months to justify. If I make that kind of investment in my hunting light set ups, you should believe I’m going to make sure it will do EVERYTHING I want before I buy it. And I’m a cheap skate on some things. 😉
One of the best compromises I have found for a good rifle hunting light is the Rifle Lite from BAP. It is VERY good in either red or green, and works well for us out to 250yds. We don’t hunt with high dollar scopes either. We hunt with meat guns. They get kicked around, put in the back seat, on the dash, you name it. Using a high quality scope will just make your experience that much better hunting hogs at night with your rifle light.
You can mount these lights on your gun in a number of ways now. Using a universal barrel mount, scope mount, or rail mount will make a big difference in your hunting stand. Using a fixed feeder light is nice, but nothing is as flexible as using a good rifle light. Notice I use the word “good”. You can even get these lights in 2 mode…
2 mode lights mean that you have the ability to switch them from high to low and visa versa. Doing this will give you much more flexible in your stand. If your hogs come it at 45yds instead of 100 like you had planned, you have the option of taking aim right then on “low”. This will reduce the shadows that are cast from the light, and keep your hogs much more comfortable.
Alot of the time we will put the lights on low until we are able to lower them onto the target before taking our shot. Once we have our bearings, we go to high mode and let them have it!
Rifle hunting lights are changing the way hog hunters take their game. Big improvements have been made in the last year or so regarding their technology. Before you set up a feeder light, I would highly recommend checking out some rifle lights before you set up a stationary feeder light.
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