Types of hunting

Dangerous Game

Opportunities for shots at close distances will often happen very quickly. The ability to make a fast, but safe and accurate shot is critical in these circumstances. Whether you are engaged in hunting in heavy brush or woods or enjoy competitive match shooting at close distances Carl Zeiss has a solution for you.

In this exciting form of hunting you work with others, supported by beaters and dogs. You can expect to see a diverse range of different game, driven towards you at a run as you stand and wait. This form of hunting is primarily for hoofed game and predators such as foxes. You have to be constantly on the alert and fully equipped to take a quick shot at fast-moving game. Riflescopes for the driven hunt, such as the 1.1-4x24, or reflex sights are ideal in this case due to their field of view. The wide field of view is a critical factor, enabling you to sight your target even on narrow paths with a limited field of view and field of fire. You are also able to keep the surrounding area in view at all times, thereby minimising the danger to beaters or your fellow huntsmen. An illuminated dot for daylight use and a driven hunt reticle also make rapid target acquisition much easier. A large eye relief on the riflescopes ensures that you can take aim quickly and be ready to fire.

Stalking

The aim of this fascinating form of hunting is to pick up the trail of your target, stalk it and finally bring it down. In the case of hoofed game, in particular, this is an exciting but difficult form of hunting, which requires a great deal of knowledge about the game and the field conditions: the secretive buck that you have been tracking for so long could be lurking just around the next corner.

The greatest chance of success is to stalk the game as it searches for new grazing. Conventional wisdom states that you should always stalk against the wind and try to remain unnoticed as much as possible by wearing non-rustling clothes. The opportunity to take a shot tends to arise suddenly and you need to react equally quickly to decide whether the target is suitable or not. Therefore you need optics that allow you to identify the game quickly and provide fast target acquisition. In this situation it is a great advantage to have a pair of binoculars and a riflescope from Carl Zeiss with a wide field of view.  The shot is often taken with the rifle supported on a tree or a target stick, so reticles that are suitable for daylight use offer a tangible benefit. They allow you to acquire your target in next to no time and you can be ready to take your shot- even in moments of high tension.

Stalking is still seen as the most challenging form of hunting, so that many hunters refer to this hunting pursuit as a form of high art.

Stand hunting

At last it is here: the moment you have been waiting for. The magnificent buck strides out into the open as the last light begins to fade.

As your target approaches you wait on your stand, with its advantageous position looking out over the open ground, field or salt lick. You may be hunting from a high stand, a ladder stand, or a ground blind. The critical factor in your success is your knowledge of the field: where does the game emerge into the open space or where in the wood does it tend to gather? These are the essential questions asked during stand hunting.


Enjoy the fascination of the first or last light of the day with bright riflescopes and binoculars from Carl Zeiss make it
possible for you to bring down elusive game, even in difficult light conditions.

Often the animals will only appear in the last traces of twilight. The success or otherwise of stand hunting depends not only on the skill of the hunter but also on the brightness of his optics.

If your set-up allows, you can take advantage of the good support options offered by stand hunting to take longer shots. You can generally have enough time available to place your shot with care. This is where rangefinders and ballistic solutions prove extremely useful.

Long-range hunting

Making a sure shot at long range in a wide open space - that is the attraction of this challenging form of hunting. You wait for the game, such as predators in open grassland or naturally open landscapes.

You can attract game in order to bring far-off animals to within shooting distance. The opportunities for the shot can be seen well in advance, which means you have plenty of time to employ ballistic solutions such as the bullet drop compensator. Even with the aid of such ballistic concepts it still comes down to you and your skill as a marksman. Take advantage of the top quality equipment from Carl Zeiss. Since it is seldom associated with stalking weight is less of an issue. The greatest help comes from the ballistic solutions such as BDC, Rapid-Z® or BIS® in the Victory RF. Make use of the detailed images of highly magnifying riflescopes, binoculars or spotting scopes. They will help you to identify your target with confidence and ensure your ultimate success.


Plains

There are few forms of hunting that capture the imagination of hunting enthusiasts more than the thought of going after graceful antelopes on the African plains or the Western U.S. or Canada, or harvesting one of the mighty Big Five. Have you been tempted? You can look forward to long days of stalking through often rich and varied vegetation and wonderful natural spectacles. When hunting antelope on the plains you can position yourself at various shooting distances to capture supremely good looking game. A variable lens is a great benefit here. When hunting the Big Five, such as the powerful buffalo, it is better to shoot from a closer distance, and a wide field of view is therefore essential - particularly when a well-armored animal takes you on and you need to take that lifesaving second shot quickly, and above all precisely, while on the animal is on the run. You therefore need to rely on the robust and utterly reliable equipment from Carl Zeiss.

Mountain hunting

Hunting in mountainous terrain is the crowning glory of the hunting world. Great skill and physical fitness are important in equal measure when you climb up into the mountains to hunt mountain goats or dall sheep, for example. Long hours of stalking and physically demanding terrain are characteristic of this form of hunting, as is the fact that you have to work hard for every successful shot. Then again, that is the whole attraction of mountain hunting.

The shooting distances are often greater than 100 yards or even 200 yards - which is why it is essential to have precision long-range shooting equipment. However, when it comes to the optics, as with all other items of equipment, weight is an important factor. You will be only to happy to do without those extra ounces when you have to deal with high altitude ascents and then carry your quarry back down into the valley below. The riflescopes and binoculars for this form of daytime hunting are both very compact and extremely good for long-range shooting. Ballistic solutions such as the bullet drop compensator, the Rapid-Z® reticle or the BIS® in the Victory RF help you when hunting these noble mountain animals.

Target Shooting

Target shooting can involves a variety of disciplines and distances of from 100 yards or less to 1000 yard and beyond precision shooting. Many casual rifle or airgun shooters will find excellent targeting options with Carl Zeiss riflescopes for their uses while long range precision shooters rely on the optical and mechanical precision delivered repeatedly by them. And with many of these rifles used much more heavily than hunting rifles, recoil resistance of the riflescope is crucial to withstand heavy and repeated use.

Optical resolution and mechanical performance are no less important for these applications and Carl Zeiss riflescopes deliver both, as well as brilliant solutions for targeting, whether target knobs, the Rapid-Z system, or the custom calibrated BDC knobs .