Scott Staats

When I’m hunting I want a pair of binoculars handy but don’t want something heavy hanging around my neck. My choice is Alpen’s Shasta Ridge 8x26 binoculars. These lightweight optics sacrifice nothing in quality. They are fully waterproof, which is important when hunting in rain or snow conditions.

A good riflescope is another mandatory piece of hunting equipment. Alpen’s new Apex 4037 is my top choice. I like the Fast Focus feature and the 4-inch eye relief, which allows for fast target acquisition.

Scott has hunted deer, elk, antelope, turkeys and waterfowl all over the West. He currently lives in Prineville, Oregon where he is a full-time outdoor writer.