The Guide to Buying the Best Predator Hunting Lights
Predator lights are unique from most night hunting lights because predators have a keen sense of awareness on their surroundings. They’re able to pick up on subtle changes around them, which makes it difficult for predator hunters to effectively spot and harvest them. Hitting a coyote with the wrong color light or even so much as spooking him by the squeak of your chair can send pressured coyotes running.
What Makes the Best Predator Hunting Light?
This is scientifically why red light performs better than green light, but both may work. Green is easier on the eyes for humans for these same reasons. It is better to have a more intense red light such as the Predator Cannon Hunting Light than to have green due to the change in wavelength spectrum.
Successful predator hunters will often dim their light down and utilize the outer ring of the light for picking up eyes in attempt to locate and call predators into range. Once the target is in shooting range, they'll prepare for a shot and increase intensity immediately prior to taking the shot.
Having full control over the brightness of your light is extremely important for discretely locating predators prowling through a pasture. It's equally important to be able to light the predators up with an intense beam to ensure your target species as well as place an accurate shot.
Some lights such as the Predator Cannon Hunting Light have dimmable controls that are capable of adjusting brightness on a wide flood beam that will illuminate a large area of pasture land as well as adjust brightness on a long range spot beam for checking predators down range. This light in particular can light up a large area nearby while also reaching out over 1,000 yards in distance. The light is capable of providing full target identification at over 500 yards.
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The first question to consider is what is the best method of scanning the area nearby as well as lighting up your target species?
While a gun mounted light seems like the easiest solution, it can be difficult to use to scan and locate predators in the surrounding area. The gun mounted light also adds extra weight while shooting. The easiest option we've found is to operate the light independently of the gun for ease of scanning, and then when a predator is located, set the light for a shot or at that time switch to a gun light. If you are hunting with a partner, it is often easier if your partner controls the light while you shoot or vice versa.
The Predator Cannon Hunting Light has the flexibility to be mounted in a variety of ways. The Predator Cannon comes standard with side mounts for users to mount the light in a typical light bar orientation on your car / truck / ATV / high rack or you are able to purchase bottom-mounts to mount in other orientations. The bottom-mounts can turn the light bar into a hand light by bolting it to your own grip, a stable tripod mount by bolting it to your tripod stand, or even a 360-degree scan light by bolting it to a rotational pole. While the grip, tripod, and rotational pole are not included, those are just examples of flexible options we have used for this extremely bright light.