ATN Field Use – Utilizing Thermal Optics for Better Hunting & Times Afield

Adam Scepaniak 07/14/21

ATN Corp is the leading glass manufacturer in the industry for night vision and thermal imaging optics, and there are tons of ways to help you out with your hunt and work outdoors. They also offer one of the only upgrade programs in the industry and models with Mossy Oak pattern camouflage to blend in with your environment as best as possible. For all of these reasons, using ATN thermal optics is a breeze when you go into the field for pest hunting, big game hunting (where legal and applicable), and even livestock inventory. ATN Corp has generously made some of their products available to us for this year, so we’re going to take a look at what we have and how we plan to use it. Let’s dive in!

ATN THOR 4 640 1.5-15X Smart HD Thermal Rifle Scope

The first piece is an ATN THOR 4 640 1.5-15X Smart HD Thermal Rifle Scope with a Quick Detach Mount. Like all ATN thermal optics, this model has a very comfortable eye relief for mounting on a wide variety of firearm platforms and uses standard 30mm rings. This would be just as convenient with a modern sporting rifle like an AR-15 or a traditional repeating rifle, depending on the area of ​​application to which we call it. The model we’ll be using is a matte black finish, but they are also available in Mossy Oak camouflage patterns – Break-Up Country, Elements Terra, and Bottomland – if you want it to match your rifle, clothing, or both. The MSRP is $ 3,999 for the ATN THOR 4 640 1.5-15X Smart HD Thermal Rifle Scope.

  • Vein: ATN Obsidian IV Dual Core T Micro T
  • Display: 1280 × 720 HD display
  • Eye relief: 90 mm
  • Video recording resolution: 1280 × 960 @ 60 fps
  • WLAN (streaming, gallery and control): iOS and Android
  • Additional functions: Bluetooth, 3D gyroscope, 3D accelerometer, e-barometer, smart range finder, RAV (Recoil Activated Video), electronic compass, soft zoom, microphone, micro-USB compatible (type C), ballistic calculator

thermal opticsATN THOR 4 640 1.5-15X Smart HD Thermal Rifle Scope

ATN OTS LT 320 4-8X thermal imaging monocular

The second tool in our arsenal will be a monocular for tracking, recognizing and identifying game. This variable power thermal monocular can detect game up to a distance of 1,500 meters, detect it up to a distance of 680 meters, and clearly identify game up to a distance of 340 meters. With over 9+ hours of continuous use and available battery life, a thermal imaging monocular can be invaluable for exploring potential hunting spots, spotting game before you chase and chase it on foot, and also come in handy when trying to rescue game. The MSRP is $ 1,999 for the ATN OTS LT 320 4-8X Thermal Monocular.

  • Vein: ATN obsidian core LT
  • Micro display: 1280 × 960 HD display
  • Eye relief: 25 mm
  • IP rating: Weather resistant
  • Charge: USB, type C
  • Color modes: White hot | Black hot
  • Battery life (Li-Ion): 9+ hours
  • Operating temperatur: -20 ° F to +120 ° F | -28 ° C to 48 ° C
  • Dimensions: 195x75x66 mm
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds | 560 g

thermal opticsATN OTS LT 320 4-8X thermal imaging monocular

Field use of thermal optics

Now that we have got our hands on some thermal imaging optics in the ATN OTS LT 320 4-8X Thermal Monocular and ATN THOR 4 640 1.5-15X Smart HD Thermal Riflescope, we need to put them into practice. Personally, being from Minnesota, there are a number of ways you can use these thermal optics. One possibility will be scouting for our state’s fall turkey season. In autumn the boys no longer hunt the girls; Plus, they don’t mate, making it more difficult to determine the turkeys’ movements. Using a thermal handheld to track and identify roosting places for turkeys will go a long way. Successful turkey hunters prop their blind and hunting locations off the turkeys that they inevitably come down from in the morning. So it can be invaluable to have a look at where they are the night before a morning hunt.

I can’t stand the thought that it’s July, but once it starts snowing in Minnesota, coyotes can target the cattle. My family has a modest herd of cattle of a dozen head and it is vital that they get through the winter to either re-breed or be slaughtered for our family. Hunting and harvesting coyotes with a thermal telescopic sight will not only save our livestock, but also protect the local white-tailed deer population.

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Another unlikely problem Minnesotans must address is flooding and the surprising deforestation of land by beavers. Since the North American beaver is the second largest rodent in the world – weighing more than 80 pounds – it can do a lot of damage, and it can also quickly destroy aquatic ecosystems. Since catching is becoming an art form that is dying out, I get inquiries on site to catch pesky beavers. The ATN thermal monocular will be of great value in identifying active beaver huts (their homes) versus vacant ones so I know where to focus my efforts. There are usually geese, waterfowl, and other critters in beaver ponds too, so you’ll never be short of entertainment while using a thermal monocular.

One final way to put these ATN products to the test and use them in real-world hunting scenarios is to spot, detect, and identify prairie dog towns. This endeavor will warrant a road trip to the Dakotas, but prairie dog harvesting for ranchers is valuable as it protects cattle from harm and their grasslands from destruction. Prairie dogs burrow underground, leaving large depressions in the ground that cattle can fall into twisted joints and potentially break bones. Also, they eat the roots of grasses and native plants, effectively killing them. So hunting prairie dogs serves a valuable purpose, and identifying active prairie dog cities versus unoccupied ones will also save time.

With just over 5 months a year, there is still plenty to hunt, explore and adventure to have when you have the powerful technology of ATN thermal optics by your side. From turkey to beaver to prairie dog, we want to use these products in new, creative ways. For our reading audience out there, how have you used thermal optics in the past? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the comments below! We always look forward to your feedback.

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