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CaptCraig 10-15-2011 09:14 PM

Changing the face of Hog Hunting - ATN color thermal
 
I am new to the forum, but excited about a new addition to the arsenal, an ATN THOR2 Color Thermal scope. The scope uses 4 CR123A batteries and lasts approximately 6 hours on those batteries.

Traditional scopes which are mostly useless at night. Nightvision is good, but requires either sufficient ambiant light or an IR light source. Thermal requires no external lighting and can identify a human at 1200 yards. At 450 yards and less, better recognition to animal species and soforth is pretty easy.

The scope is well balanced and sights in like a traditional scope except that instead of shooting a paper target, you have to shoot a cold target in summer or a warm target in winter. We uses small ice cold bottled waters at 100 yards to fine tune it.

Shot some cool video with it recently.

Hope you enjoy - Craig

lonewolf101 10-15-2011 10:56 PM

It would be nice to own one but there around 20k to start I think.

CaptCraig 10-15-2011 11:25 PM

They are $11,500.00 out the door. It is expensive, but we use it for business. Currently we are the only outfitter in the U.S. that has one. Sincemuch of the hog hunting occurs at night, we are able to offer an alternative to sitting in a blind and hoping the hog wanders up. This give us the chance to pursue the hogs.

It is pretty exciting. Last week we had two guys from Australia and next week we have 4 guys coming from Puerto Rico.

- Craig
texasthermalhoghunts.com

Txhillbilly 10-16-2011 02:24 AM

Neat setup Craig.

There's another outfitter that uses Thermal Imaging,but they have one that was developed for the Armed forces and it's mounted on the hood of their Land Rover.They use a laptop with it for a screen.They also use Night Vision scopes/goggles and have suppressors on AR-15's,and AR-10's.

I watched a show on the Pursuit channel that went hunting with them.It was pretty neat.

Tactical Hog Control - Night Vision and Thermal Hog Hunting Specialists

I think you guy's may be onto something!

CaptCraig 10-16-2011 02:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Txhillbilly (Post 602373)
Neat setup Craig.

There's another outfitter that uses Thermal Imaging,but they have one that was developed for the Armed forces and it's mounted on the hood of their Land Rover.They use a laptop with it for a screen.They also use Night Vision scopes/goggles and have suppressors on AR-15's,and AR-10's.

I watched a show on the Pursuit channel that went hunting with them.It was pretty neat.

Tactical Hog Control - Night Vision and Thermal Hog Hunting Specialists

I think you guy's may be onto something!

Yes, the THC guys use black and white scopes. Great equipment all around. We are the only ones using color thermal. Currently almost all thermal scopes are military design and issue. All our guides use the nightvision goggles as there is no other way to see while driving. We use the Rock River LAR-8 in .308, most outfitters are goint to that style of rifle as the recoil suppresing spring makes it more comfortable for a wider range of shooters. Suppressors provide a cool factor, but do not make the guns silent, just less loud. It is more comfortable for human ears, but the suppression is not significant enough to keep the hogs from scattering after a shot.

- Craig
hotguidedhunts.net
texasthermalhoghunts.com

lonewolf101 10-16-2011 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Txhillbilly (Post 602373)
Neat setup Craig.

There's another outfitter that uses Thermal Imaging,but they have one that was developed for the Armed forces and it's mounted on the hood of their Land Rover.They use a laptop with it for a screen.They also use Night Vision scopes/goggles and have suppressors on AR-15's,and AR-10's.

I watched a show on the Pursuit channel that went hunting with them.It was pretty neat.

Tactical Hog Control - Night Vision and Thermal Hog Hunting Specialists

I think you guy's may be onto something!



the guy your talking about runs a hog outfitters in Ga when I looked it up a 1000 was the min..

CaptCraig 10-16-2011 01:54 PM

Costs
 
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Originally Posted by lonewolf101 (Post 602518)
the guy your talking about runs a hog outfitters in Ga when I looked it up a 1000 was the min..


The prices for a thermal hunt are more expensive than a typical blind/feeder hunt. A three day hog hunt with lodging, meals, and hunting runs $625 for a blind/feeder hunt.

We offer a thermal hunt at $500.00 for a 4-6 hour hunt and we pursue the hogs!

That is a fully guided hunt with the rifle/scope and our specially outfitted surburban with a roof shooting stand, all your ammo, no trophy fees, unlimited hogs killed, and two hogs fully cleaned, skinned, quarted and wrapped. Additional hogs (more than 2) are at a cost of $25 per hog.

Your hunt can be recorded and given to you on a disc for an additional $25.

It is a very unique hunt. Our guides use night vision goggles and drive totally dark, no lights. Once hogs are located we have two options. We slow drive in and often get within 75 yards of them in the vehicle or, we can get out and walk right up to them. The last group get within 20-25 yards and then started dropping hogs. Again, we are in total darkness and not using any form of lighting.

- Craig
texasthermalhoghunts.com


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