My name is Ming Lee and I am a software engineer working in the UK. I have two younger brothers, Ian Antonia and Maurice Beerbohm, who are both born and raised in England of Chinese descent. We three brothers have loved hunting since we were young because our father was a veteran hunter and he used to take us to the wilderness to experience nature and challenge ourselves. Hunting is not only a form of entertainment for us, but also a legacy and emotional bond.

Last week, we decided to go hunting in Davy Crockett National Forest, a 160,000-acre national forest in the eastern part of Texas that is rich in wildlife and beautiful natural scenery. We chose this place because we wanted to try a new type of hunting – night hunting. Night hunting is a more challenging and exciting way of hunting that requires special equipment and skills to capture the target in the dark. We are curious and excited about night hunting, and we are well prepared for it.

This article is to share our night hunting trip in Davy Crockett National Forest, including our equipment, process, rewards and feelings. We hope you will enjoy our story and learn some useful knowledge and experience from it.



We had a great three days and two nights at Davy Crockett National Forest, which not only has an abundance of wildlife for hunting, but also a lot of history, attractions and food to see.

Davy Crockett National Forest was declared a national forest by President Roosevelt in 1936 and covers 160,000 acres in the Pine Barrens Ecoregion, with the Neches River on its northeastern edge. The forest here was planted and restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, as it was once a center of timber extraction and processing that caused severe forest destruction. It is named after American national hero Davy Crockett, a politician and soldier who fought in the Texas Revolution and the Battle of the Alamo, as well as a noted hunter and explorer.

We pitched our tents in the camping area near Ratcliff Lake, a 45-acre lake that was once a lumber company log pond that was converted into a recreation area in the early 1900s. There are facilities for showers, swimming, picnicking and boating, as well as a kiosk where you can buy some food and drinks. We swam or paddled around the lake every morning to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery. There were also many fish in the lake, and we caught some with fishing rods and nets and roasted them over the campfire, which tasted very delicious.

Besides playing around the lake, we also hiked along the trails in the forest to enjoy the variety of flora and fauna. We took the 20-mile Four C National Recreation Trail, which begins at Ratcliff Lake and passes through towering pines, lowland hardwoods, bogs and upland forests, ending at the Neches Crag Overlook, where there are spectacular panoramic views. We also visited Big Slough Wilderness Area, a quiet and pristine nature preserve located along the Neches River, about 5 miles from Ratcliff. There we saw some rare wildlife such as white-tailed deer, wild boar, raccoons, foxes, squirrels, birds and more.

We also went to Mission Tejas State Park at the north end of Davy Crockett National Forest, which is a more historically and culturally rich place. There is a chapel modeled after a 17th century Spanish mission station (Tejas) and a log house built by pioneers in the early 19th century. There is also a section of the remains of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, an old road that was built to connect Mexico and Louisiana beginning in the 1690s. Here we learned about the history and culture of Texas and experienced the different customs and cultures.

Of course, we didn’t forget to sample the local cuisine, and we drove to the nearby town of Lufkin, which has many restaurants and cafes serving a wide variety of dishes and drinks. We tried the famous Texas barbecue, tacos, enchiladas, cheese pies, etc. We also drank some local beer and coffee and felt very satisfied.

For night hunting, we prepared some essential equipment, the most important of which were night vision binoculars. night vision binoculars are devices that use infrared light or micro-light amplifiers to enhance night vision, allowing us to see the outline and details of our targets in the dark. There are many types and models of night vision binoculars, we did a lot of research and comparison before choosing, and finally decided to buy WildGuarder owler1, a Chinese brand of binoculars.

We chose WildGuarder owler1 for the following reasons:

1. it can be used in both day and night, with a variety of functions such as photo, video and playback, which allows us to record our hunting process and results.
2. 4x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom that allows us to see the details of our targets clearly within 400 meters.
3. 3.5-inch high-definition LCD screen, which allows us to watch the picture comfortably, or connect to TV or computer via HDMI or USB interface.
4. A detachable IR light provides additional illumination to see the target in total darkness.

In addition to the WildGuarder owler1, we have considered other types of night vision binoculars, such as monoculars (monocular) and binoculars (binocular). Monoculars have only one eye to see the picture, while binoculars have both eyes to see the picture. The advantage of monoculars is that they are lightweight, cheap, easy to carry and operate, and the disadvantage is that they have a narrow field of view, are not suitable for long periods of time, and are prone to eye fatigue and dizziness. The advantage of binoculars is a wider field of view, suitable for long time use, more comfortable and natural, the disadvantage is that they are heavier, more expensive, not easy to carry and operate.

Taking all factors into consideration, we finally chose binoculars instead of monoculars because we think they can provide better observation and experience and are more suitable for our night hunting needs. And among many binoculars, WildGuarder owler1 is the most cost-effective one, with both high-end features and performance, and reasonable price and quality assurance. We ordered three WildGuarder owler1 online and received our shipment before we left. We are very pleased with the binoculars and look forward to using them for night hunting.

We started our night hunt on our second night in Davy Crockett National Forest and this was the part we were looking forward to the most. We had a nice dinner in the late afternoon and then packed our gear, including WildGuarder owler1 night vision binoculars, shotgun, ammo, flashlight, knives, and first aid kit. We also brought some food and water just in case. We planned to return to camp before late night, so we didn’t bring sleeping bags or tents.

We headed north on the Four C National Recreation Trail, intending to look for game near the Neches Crag overlook. This trail is a popular route for hunters because it passes through many areas with wildlife, such as swamps, forests and meadows. We were hoping to see some common game such as deer, wild hogs, turkeys, squirrels, etc. We also did not rule out some rare game such as bears, wolves, jaguars, etc.

The moon wasn’t very bright that night, so we were soon in the dark. Luckily we had WildGuarder owler1 night vision binoculars that allowed us to see everything in the dark. The binoculars have two modes, a white thermal mode that allows us to see the infrared thermal image of the target and a black thermal mode that allows us to see the black and white outline of the target. We switched between the different modes depending on the situation to get the best view.

We had been walking for about an hour when we spotted a herd of white-tailed deer feeding in a meadow. We immediately hid behind a tree and used the WildGuarder owler1 night vision binoculars to observe their location and numbers. We found six deer, two of which were males with nice antlers. We decided to target one of the males as it looked the largest and strongest. We used binoculars to measure its distance from us, which was about 200 meters. This distance was not too far for us, but not too close either, so we had to aim carefully.

Ian Antonia and I were in charge of shooting, while Maurice Beerbohm was in charge of observing and recording. Ian Antonia and I each picked a suitable position and adjusted the angle and focus of our guns and binoculars, while Maurice Beerbohm shot the whole thing with his WildGuarder owler1 night vision binoculars and kept in touch with us using his headset. He told us the movements of the deer and what to look for, and gave us the signal to shoot when it was appropriate.

When the buck came out into an open area, Maurice Beerbohm said to us, “Now!” . Ian Antonia and I pulled the trigger at the same time and let out two shots. We saw with our WildGuarder owler1 night vision binoculars that the male deer was hit in the head and chest by our bullets and immediately fell to the ground. The other deer panicked and fled when they heard the shot. We had successfully completed our first night hunt.

We excitedly ran to the male deer and confirmed that it was dead. It had a large body with long antlers and was a very good prey. We slit its throat with a knife, bled and removed its guts. We then tied it to a branch with a rope and carried it back to camp. We took some photos and video with our WildGuarder owler1 night vision binoculars to keep as a souvenir.

This was the first shot of our night hunting trip in Davy Crockett National Forest and it was also the most successful. We are very grateful to the WildGuarder owler1 night vision binoculars for giving us such powerful help to see our target in the dark and shoot accurately. Without these binoculars, we probably wouldn’t have been able to complete this night hunt.

Of course, this was only the beginning of our night hunting trip, there were more animals, difficulties, dangers and surprises waiting for us later. Next, I’ll tell you what we encountered later and how we coped and enjoyed the night hunt.

It was a successful trip and we felt satisfied and proud of our performance and results. We have also developed a deeper interest and passion for night hunting and we intend to continue to explore more places and ways to hunt at night in the future, and we hope to invite more friends and family to participate with us. We believe that with the help of WildGuarder owler1 night vision binoculars, we can discover more mysteries and fun in the dark.

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