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Yukon Hunter
04-25-2003, 05:34 PM
What are you gents using? I'm leaning towards the new Swarovski (I believe it's the STS 65). I'm under the impression that alot of the scopes marketed by Nikon, Pentax and Cabela's are all made by Burris. Any idea if this is true?

Joe M
04-25-2003, 07:10 PM
I researched this for quite a while. I decided on the Swarovski ATS 85-HD with a tipod made for hunters by outdoorsmans. Reasonable weight and outstanding quality. Great for photography. Great rifle rest. Way too expensive! But when I buy optics I tend enter into a very long term relationship so it better be good. This system is great for hunters!

Yukon Hunter
04-26-2003, 01:05 AM
Thanks, Joe-
I'm thinking that particular scope looks great, but might be a smidge on the heavy side for my tastes. Haven't heard of the tripod you mention. Any idea where I could get a look at one on the net?

Joe M
04-26-2003, 08:22 AM
The tripod can be seen at <a href="http://www.outdoorsmans.com" target="_blank">http://www.outdoorsmans.com (http://www.outdoorsmans.com)</a> I also thought the same you did about the weight; however, when I saw the difference in weight between the 85 an the 65 I realized it really isn't that much. The size isn't that much different. If you get a chance pick up and compare both.

04-27-2003, 05:19 PM
I think those store brand scopes are Bushnell, not Burris. I looked thru them all before I bought one for my sheep hunt in the Yukon last fall. I chose the 65mm Zeiss. Of the compacts, I thought it was best. I'm sure others will say the Swarovski or Leica is as good or better, if you stay with those 3, you will save a lot of hard walking. The next step down IMO was the Leupold, then in another class-Nikon/Pentax/Burris, then Bushnell or B/L and the store brands. I was glad I spent the extra money.

Yukon Hunter
04-27-2003, 07:45 PM
Steve O-
Hope you were successful on your Yukon hunt. What area were you in?
I notice, now, that the Nikon Spotter XL is phase coated, and I fing that to make a huge difference in clarity for me. Now, of course, I'm wondering if I can get away with a scope for half the money of a Swarovski, Zeiss or Leica.

The Eternal Cheapskate

04-28-2003, 09:41 AM
I hunted with Blackstone-It was awesome, I got a 155" Fannin, 202" Moose and passed up a great griz. I KNOW I am cheaper than you, get one of the top 3 or you will regret it. You will use it much more often than I, it is only going cost you an extra 10 dollars (U.S.) over the period of your hunting/guiding career--It will pay for itself on the first hunt. I will always remember each of the 7 rams I watched in the group mine came from--crystal clear and worth going for 3 miles away. Save up for an extra 6 months if you have to. Cabela's has 6 months same as cash on those expensive spotters. You won't regret it.

Yukon Hunter
04-28-2003, 01:01 PM
I'm with you. To heck with my wallet (and, possibly, my marriage).
Congrats on the gaggers. What were the length/girth of your sheep (ummmm...his horns, that is)? Any pics to offer up? Blackstone- is the the outfit that got the #3 all time moose up in the Anvil Range a couple of years back?
BTW, all readers, I'm most interested in purchasing a lovely little outfitting concession up here. It's possibly the finest in the Yukon. Kindly forward me $2 million ASAP.

04-28-2003, 01:52 PM

Ahem..."The check is in the mail".

No kidding, let us know if you hang out your shingle.

Yukon Hunter
04-28-2003, 04:55 PM
I'm making a run at it. I'm 'bout 1,999,638.00 short.

04-28-2003, 05:59 PM
I don't know about a few years ago, but they got #1 moose in the Yukon this year-73+ inches, can't remember the final score, but believe it was #2 all time from the YK. They are in the Olgilvies-with the Whitestone, Blackstone,and Olgilvie rivers flowing thru the concession. I was 80 miles north into their territory when I got the sheep. The sheep was 36X14. I hope to go back someday.I've got a couple pictures here:


They have some photos on their website:

<a href="http://www.wildsheep.org/blackstone" target="_blank">http://www.wildsheep.org/blackstone (http://www.wildsheep.org/blackstone)</a>

Yukon Hunter
04-29-2003, 11:07 AM
Beauties!! Nice Fanin. I'm thinking about one of those next, myself.
Here's a couple of years worth...

04-29-2003, 06:09 PM
15 1/2" bases! That is a great ram. I could only imagine the opportunities of being a resident of the Yukon.

04-29-2003, 09:26 PM
I think Patrick made enough off my pack order to finance you.

Yukon Hunter
04-30-2003, 01:16 AM
Yeah, I was fairly surprised at the huge bases- a couple of more years and he'd have been a real monster. Of course, he was everything I was looking for in a sheep (*urp*).
7 mil-
That's why I posted that message here. I figure anyone that cab afford this stuff has to be stinkin' rich. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

04-30-2003, 04:24 PM
I'm hunting equipment poor. My wife is pretty good about it though.

I do have a couple of hunting buddies that I could contact.