Night hunting is an exciting and dangerous outdoor activity that requires professional equipment and skills. Last month, I and my two friends Rodney Browne and Kim Kitty decided to go to the Everglades Wildlife Refuge in Florida, USA, to experience the fun of night hunting. The Everglades Wildlife Refuge is a place with rich natural resources and biodiversity, and also a good place for hunting. In order to see the target clearly in the dark, we chose a cost-effective Chinese brand wildguarder infrared binoculars, which can let us observe clear images within 400 meters, and also has the function of taking photos and videos. In this article, I will introduce you to our night hunting trip in the Everglades Wildlife Refuge, including the local history, attractions and food, as well as our feelings and evaluation of using wildguarder infrared binoculars.
The Everglades Wildlife Refuge is a vast wetland located in southern Florida, covering about 670,000 acres, and is one of the largest tropical wetlands in North America. It is part of the Everglades National Park, and also a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Its history can be traced back to the last century, when the government built a series of dams, canals and pumps to prevent floods and develop land, changing the hydrological environment of the Everglades. These projects caused serious damage to the local ecosystem, resulting in the decline of many endangered species, such as Florida panthers, American alligators and wood storks. In order to restore the natural state of the Everglades, the government and environmental organizations started a long-term restoration plan in the 1990s, aiming to redistribute water resources, protect wildlife and plants, and improve water quality and quantity.
The Everglades Wildlife Refuge has rich natural resources and biodiversity, and is a good place to watch and explore. It has different types of wetlands, such as marshes, rivers, lakes, prairies and forests. These wetlands provide habitats and breeding grounds for various animals, such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Here, you can see American alligators, alligator snapping turtles, egrets, pelicans, flamingos, vultures, red-tailed hawks, white-tailed deer, wild boars, raccoons, skunks and so on. You can also participate in various activities, such as hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping and so on. If you want to learn more about the history and culture of the Everglades, you can visit some museums and exhibition halls, such as Miccosukee Indian Village and Airboat Rides, where you can see the lifestyle and traditional crafts of the local indigenous people.
We chose to go to the Everglades Wildlife Refuge for hunting because we heard that there are many wildlife there, and hunting at night is more challenging and fun. We booked a professional guide online who led us into a specific area of the refuge where hunting is allowed and there are some legal prey, such as wild boars, deer and groundhogs. We arrived at the destination in the evening, set up tents and bonfires, prepared some food and water. Our guide introduced us to some precautions and tips for night hunting, such as how to identify animal sounds and traces, how to avoid disturbing them, how to choose suitable guns and ammunition, and how to handle the hunted animals. He also told us that the most important equipment for night hunting is infrared binoculars, which can let us see the target clearly in the dark without being discovered by them. He said he had used many kinds of infrared binoculars himself but his favorite was wildguarder brand because they have good performance reasonable price and durability.
After dinner we started our night hunting trip. We divided into two groups each with a guide and two hunters. I and Rodney Browne followed a guide named Tom Kim Kitty followed another guide named Jerry. We all took wildguarder infrared binoculars guns and ammunition. We walked along a small road into the forest looking for traces of prey. Tom told us that when hunting at night we should keep quiet and alert not make any unnecessary noise or light. He said that hunting in the Everglades Wildlife Refuge is legal but also have to follow some rules and restrictions such as not shooting endangered species not exceeding the limit of two animals per person per day not wasting or abusing animals etc.
After walking for about half an hour, I saw a wild boar foraging in the bushes with wildguarder infrared binoculars. I quietly told Tom and Rodney Browne and aimed at the target. I adjusted the magnification and brightness of wildguarder infrared binoculars and saw the clear outline and eyes of the wild boar. I held my breath and pulled the trigger. The wild boar let out a scream and then fell to the ground. I successfully shot my first prey!
Night hunting is an exciting and dangerous outdoor activity that requires professional equipment and skills. In the Everglades Wildlife Refuge, we had an unforgettable night hunting trip, but also encountered some difficulties and challenges. In this part, I will describe to you the process and feelings of our night hunting, and how we used wildguarder infrared binoculars to overcome these problems, improving our vision, accuracy and safety.
First of all, one of the difficulties we faced was darkness. At night, our vision will be greatly reduced, and it is difficult to see the surrounding environment and animals clearly. Without any light source, we are like blind people, groping forward in the forest. This not only affects our hunting efficiency, but also increases our danger. Because in the dark, we don’t know if there are any other hunters or predators nearby, or if there are any dangerous animals or obstacles on our way. To solve this problem, we used wildguarder infrared binoculars, which can let us see clear images within 400 meters in the dark. It has two modes, white hot mode and black hot mode, which can be switched according to different environments and targets. White hot mode can let us see the white outline of the target, black hot mode can let us see the black outline of the target. This way, we can distinguish different animals and objects, avoiding accidental injury or misfire.
Secondly, another difficulty we faced was coldness. At night, the temperature will drop a lot, especially in winter. Without enough warming measures, we will feel shivering, or even get frostbite or cold. This not only affects our physical health, but also affects our shooting stability and accuracy. To solve this problem, we wore thick clothes and gloves, and brought some warm water bags and torches. In addition to this, wildguarder infrared binoculars also gave us some help. It has a waterproof dustproof shockproof design that can work normally in temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees to plus 60 degrees Celsius. It also has a comfortable rubber eyepiece and an adjustable headband that allows us to easily wear it on or take it off.
Another difficulty we faced was noise. At night, sound becomes clearer and more sensitive, and any noise or abnormal sound may alert our prey, making them run away or attack us. Therefore, when hunting at night, we should keep quiet and alert, not make any unnecessary noise or light. We should also listen to the sounds around us, and figure out the position and direction of the animals. To solve this problem, we used wildguarder infrared binoculars, which can let us see the target in the dark without using any flashlights or laser pointers. It also has a built-in microphone and earphone, which can let us hear the sound of the target, and communicate with our companions through wireless communication. This way, we can hunt effectively without alarming the animals.
Finally, another difficulty we faced was bugs. At night, there are all kinds of bugs flying around in the forest, some of which may bite us, making us feel itchy or painful. This not only affects our mood and attention, but also may infect some diseases. To solve this problem, we applied some insect repellent, and wore long-sleeved and long-legged clothes. In addition to this, wildguarder infrared binoculars also gave us some help. It has a fog-proof scratch-proof anti-glare lens, which can prevent bugs or dust from entering the lens inside, and reduce the interference of external light on the vision. It also has an automatic shutdown function, which can automatically turn off the power after a period of time without operation, saving battery and avoiding emitting infrared light.
The night hunting trip not only made us feel the fun and challenge of hunting, but also let us share our hunting results and gains, as well as taste some local food, learn some culture and customs. In this part, I will introduce you to our last day of night hunting trip in the Everglades Wildlife Refuge, including how we handled the hunted animals, and what we ate, saw, and felt in the local area.
After hunting at night, we returned to our tents and bonfires and rested for a while. We shot two wild boars, a deer and three groundhogs. Our guide told us that these are legal prey, and they are very delicious. He said that when hunting in the Everglades Wildlife Refuge, there is a rule that you cannot waste or abuse animals1. That is to say, we should respect the animals we shot, and use their meat, skin, bones and other parts as much as possible. He said he could help us deal with these animals and teach us some local methods and recipes.
We agreed to his advice and followed him to learn how to handle prey. First, he used a sharp knife to make a cut in each animal’s throat to let the blood flow. He then used a knife to peel off the animals’ furs and set them aside to dry. He then used a knife to cut open the animal’s abdomen and remove the internal organs. Some offal, he said, can be eaten, and some cannot. He put edible offal in a basin and threw away the unedible offal. Finally, he used a knife to cut the animal’s flesh into small pieces and marinated it with salt and spices.
After dealing with the animals, we prepared breakfast. We made some sausages and bacon with wild boar meat and groundhog meat, and some steaks and burgers with deer meat. We also made some fried chips with wild boar skin, and some pies with groundhog skin. We roasted or fried these foods on the bonfire, and served them with some bread and fruit. We also made some soup with wild boar bones and deer bones, and added some vegetables and spices. These foods were very delicious and nutritious, and we ate very satisfied.
After finishing breakfast, we packed up our things and prepared to leave the Everglades Wildlife Refuge. We packed the remaining meat and skin of the animals, intending to take them home or give them to friends. We also cleaned up our tents and tools, and took away our garbage. Our guide told us to respect the natural environment and not leave any traces. He said that hunting in the Everglades Wildlife Refuge is a special experience, but also requires following some rules and ethics, not to damage or pollute the ecosystem here.
Before leaving the Everglades Wildlife Refuge, we also visited some local attractions and museums, learning about some history and culture of the Everglades. We went to Miccosukee Indian Village and Airboat Rides, where we saw the lifestyle and traditional crafts of the local indigenous people, and also rode on airboats on the wetlands. We also went to Everglades National Park Visitor Center, where we saw some exhibitions and introductions about Everglades National Park, and bought some souvenirs and maps. We also went to Everglades City Seafood Festival, where we tasted some local seafood delicacies, such as stone crabs, shrimp, fish, oysters, etc., and enjoyed some music and dance performances.
Through this article, I want to share with you my experience and feelings of my night hunting trip, as well as my evaluation and recommendation of wildguarder infrared binoculars. I hope you can learn some information about the Everglades Wildlife Refuge, as well as some skills and challenges of night hunting. I also hope you have some interest and curiosity about wildguarder infrared binoculars, which are very suitable for night hunting, allowing you to see more clearly in the dark, shoot more accurately, and play more safely. If you are also a person who likes night hunting, or want to try the fun of night hunting, I suggest you buy a pair of wildguarder infrared binoculars, and go to the Everglades Wildlife Refuge to experience it. I believe you will enjoy this night hunting trip like me, and praise wildguarder infrared binoculars. Thank you for reading, happy hunting!