Asa Harper, Grover Nathaniei and I, three hunting enthusiasts from the United States, went to the Dayoutai National Forest Park in Suzhou, China. As night hunting was involved, we chose the Chinese brand, Wildguarder, based in Shenzhen, for their Owler1 night vision binoculars. Through this hunting trip, we tested the binoculars in practical use and got to know the local customs and cuisine.
The Dayoutai National Forest Park is located in the Hushuguan Development Zone of the Suzhou High-tech District. It is adjacent to the Taihu Lake and is 10 kilometers away from the city center. It is the largest professional botanical garden in Suzhou, as well as one of the earliest Buddhist temples. The park has abundant animal and plant resources, as well as hot spring resources. It is a tourist attraction that integrates ecological nature, religious culture, leisure vacation, and popular science education.
We chose the Dayoutai National Forest Park as our hunting destination because it has many wild animals suitable for night hunting, such as wild boars, rabbits, and pheasants. We booked the Yangshan Bay Hotel online as our accommodation, which is close to the park and has complete facilities and thoughtful service.
To ensure our safety and efficiency, we purchased the Wildguarder brand’s Owler1 night vision binoculars online. This is a professional night vision binoculars that can clearly see targets in complete darkness. It has multiple functions such as taking pictures, recording, and playback. It supports up to 20 times optical zoom and 4 times digital zoom, providing a viewing distance of up to 500 meters. It also has a 2-inch LCD screen that allows us to view clear images. It uses 8 AA batteries and can work continuously for more than 6 hours.
We arrived at the Yangshan Bay Hotel during the day and visited some scenic spots in the park after completing the check-in formalities. We first went to the Wenshu Temple, a Buddhist temple with a history of more than 1600 years. It was built against the mountain rocks and has exquisite design. It was even called the “hanging temple” in ancient times. We paid homage to the Buddha and admired the statues and murals inside the temple. Then we went to the Banshanting, a pavilion built in the Ming Dynasty, located at the mountain top, overlooking the entire park. We also went to the botanical garden to see various flowers, plants, and trees, some of which were species I had never seen before. We also experienced a hot spring bath at the hot spring hotel, which was very comfortable and relieved our fatigue from the day.
At night, we started our night hunting trip. We applied for a hunting permit online in advance and rented professional hunting guns and ammunition. We brought our Owler1 night vision binoculars and drove along the park’s small roads to find targets. We soon found a group of wild boars foraging on the grassland. We got out of the car, quietly approached them, and used the night vision binoculars to observe their movements. I found that one of the wild boars was larger, possibly the leader. I aimed at its heart and gently pulled the trigger. There was a gunshot, and the wild boar fell to the ground. The other wild boars panicked and ran away. I walked over to check my trophy and found that it had died without unnecessary pain. I took a photo with the night vision binoculars to record this successful hunting.
In the next few hours, we also shot several rabbits and pheasants accurately with the night vision binoculars. We were very satisfied with this product, which allowed us to see targets clearly in the dark and was easy to operate. It can also record videos and playback functions, allowing us to review our hunting process at any time and share it with others. We think this is a highly recommended night vision binoculars.
That night, we returned to the Yangshan Bay Hotel, handed over the wild game we caught to the chef, and booked lunch for the next day. At noon the next day, we tasted the wild game we caught ourselves, which was very fresh and delicious. The chef also introduced us to some local specialties, such as Suzhou-style soup dumplings, squirrel mandarin fish, Yangcheng Lake hairy crabs, etc. We enjoyed the charm of Suzhou cuisine.
This hunting trip to the Dayoutai National Forest Park in Suzhou gave me a lot. I not only experienced the fun of night hunting but also tested an excellent night vision binoculars product. I also admired the natural scenery and cultural landscape of Suzhou, and tasted the authentic local cuisine. I think this is a very meaningful trip. I have a deeper understanding and love for Suzhou as a city, and I have more trust and recognition for night vision binoculars products. I hope to have the opportunity to go to Suzhou or other places again to enjoy the fun of hunting.