Verne Ulysses, Sally Charlotte and I are college classmates. We all have a strong interest in hunting and often go to the surrounding forests or grasslands to look for prey. After graduation, we went our separate ways and rarely had a chance to meet again. Last month, I received a call from Verne. He said he wanted to go hunting with us in Zhaishi Rock Scenic Area in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, China. There are rich animal and plant resources there, which is a good place for hunting. I agreed without hesitation, so I contacted Sally, who was also very happy to reunite with us. We agreed on the time and place, prepared the necessary procedures such as passports, visas, hunting permits, etc., and also bought some night vision binoculars and infrared binoculars, because we planned to hunt at night, which was more challenging and fun. We set off for Zhaishi Rock with anticipation and excitement.
Zhaishi Rock Scenic Area is located in Zhao County, Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, about 40 kilometers away from Shijiazhuang City. It is a comprehensive tourist area that integrates natural scenery, cultural landscape, and leisure and entertainment. The mountains here are steep, the rocks are strange, the trees are lush, and the streams are gurgling, forming a beautiful landscape painting. The main attractions of Zhaishi Rock are: Tianmen Cave, Xianren Bridge, Baizhang Pool, Jade Emperor Peak, Dragon King Cave, etc. Each attraction has a different style and legend that makes people linger.
Zhaishi Rock not only has beautiful scenery, but also rich animal and plant resources. The climate here is mild, the soil is fertile, and there are various rare plants growing here, such as ginkgo trees, yew trees, crape myrtle flowers, etc. These plants are not only beautiful, but also have some medicinal value. Under the shelter of these plants, there are various wild animals living here, such as rabbits, pheasants, ducks, deer, etc. These animals are our main targets for hunting, as well as our way of appreciating nature.
We chose Zhaishi Rock as our hunting destination because we wanted to experience the feeling of hunting in the mountains and forests of China, and also challenge our hunting skills and endurance. We knew that hunting in China was subject to legal regulations and social morals, so we applied for the relevant procedures in advance and followed the rules and principles of hunting. We did not hunt to satisfy our own selfish desires, but to live in harmony with nature and feel its charm and power.
Hunting is an activity that requires skills and equipment, especially at night, you need some special tools to help you find and catch prey. The most important thing in our hunting equipment is night vision binoculars, they allow us to see clearly the surrounding environment and animals in the dark, increasing our success rate and fun of hunting.
Night vision binoculars are a kind of observation device that uses the principle of photoelectric conversion to amplify the weak ambient light or infrared light and display it in front of your eyes. They have the following functions and advantages:
- Magnification function: Night vision binoculars can magnify distant objects to a certain multiple, allowing us to clearly observe their shape and movement.
- Brightness adjustment function: Night vision binoculars can automatically or manually adjust the brightness of the display screen according to the strength of the ambient light, allowing us to adapt to different light conditions.
- Infrared illumination function: Night vision binoculars can emit infrared light, illuminating the surrounding area, allowing us to see the outline and position of objects in complete darkness.
- Waterproof and shockproof function: Night vision binoculars can resist the impact of moisture and vibration, allowing us to use them normally in bad weather and terrain.
When hunting with night vision binoculars, you need to pay attention to the following points:
- Choose the right model: According to the target, distance, time and other factors of hunting, choose the night vision binoculars model that suits your needs. Generally speaking, the higher the magnification, the narrower the field of view, and the heavier the weight; the larger the infrared illumination range, the faster the battery consumption.
- Keep it clean: Regularly clean the lens, display screen, shell and other parts of the night vision binoculars, and avoid dust, water stains, fingerprints and other factors that affect the observation effect.
- Avoid strong light: Do not point the night vision binoculars at strong light sources, such as sunlight, car lights, flashlights, etc., to avoid damaging the internal components or eyes.
- Use it correctly: Follow the instructions or professional guidance to correctly install, adjust and use the night vision binoculars, and avoid operational errors or misuse.
With night vision binoculars, we can see clearly at night when hunting, just like during the day. However, not all-night vision binoculars can meet our needs. There is a special kind of night vision binoculars that can make us see more clearly, farther and more realistically. That is infrared binoculars.
Infrared binoculars are a special kind of night vision binoculars. They can not only magnify and illuminate the surrounding objects, but also display different colors according to the temperature of the objects, so that we can distinguish the type, state, position and other information of the objects. Infrared binoculars have the following functions and advantages:
- Temperature sensing function: Infrared binoculars can detect the surface temperature of objects, convert it into visible light colors and display it in front of our eyes. Generally speaking, the higher the temperature, the brighter the color; the lower the temperature, the darker the color. In this way, we can judge the type, state, position and other information of objects based on color changes. For example, active animals are brighter than stationary animals or plants; warm-blooded animals are brighter than cold-blooded animals; nearby objects are brighter than distant objects.
- Clarity enhancement function: Infrared binoculars can improve the clarity of observing objects, allowing us to see the details and features of objects. This is because infrared binoculars can eliminate environmental light interference, reduce light scattering and reflection, and enhance contrast and resolution.
- Stealth enhancement function: Infrared binoculars can increase our stealth when hunting, allowing us to avoid being discovered and escaped by prey. This is because infrared binoculars do not need to emit any visible light or infrared light, but receive infrared radiation emitted by objects themselves. In this way, we can quietly observe and aim at prey in the dark without alerting them.
When hunting with infrared binoculars, you need to pay attention to the following points:
- Choose the appropriate wavelength: According to the target, distance, time and other factors of hunting, choose the infrared binoculars wavelength that suits your needs. Generally speaking, the shorter the wavelength, the higher the resolution, but the weaker the penetration; the longer the wavelength, the stronger the penetration, but the lower the resolution.
- Keep the battery: Regularly check and replace the battery of the infrared binoculars, and avoid insufficient or power failure during hunting.
- Avoid high temperature: Do not place the infrared binoculars in high temperature or direct sunlight, to avoid damaging the internal components or affecting the observation effect.
- Use it correctly: Follow the instructions or professional guidance to correctly install, adjust and use the infrared binoculars, and avoid operational errors or misuse.
With infrared binoculars, we can see more things that we usually can’t see at night when hunting. We can judge the animal’s emotions, health, activities and so on by the color changes; we can identify the animal’s breed, gender, age and so on by the clarity of details; we can avoid being detected and escaped by animals by enhancing stealth. Infrared binoculars are the first-choice equipment for hunting masters, and also our powerful assistant in Zhaishiyan hunting.
Our experience of hunting in Zhaishiyan is an unforgettable journey. We not only enjoyed the beautiful scenery, but also experienced exciting adventures. More importantly, we felt the role and help of night vision binoculars and infrared binoculars in hunting. Here are some of our wonderful memories:
- On the first day, we arrived at Zhaishiyan Scenic Area, stayed in a farmhouse, and enjoyed local specialties and warm hospitality. In the evening, we took out our night vision binoculars and started our first hunt. We walked along the mountain road for a while and found a group of pheasants foraging in the grass. We quietly approached them, observed their movements with night vision binoculars, then selected a target and fired a steady shot, successfully shooting down a fat pheasant. We happily brought it back to the farmhouse and asked the boss to make us a spicy pheasant soup, which made us mouthwatering.
- On the second day, we changed to a more advanced equipment – infrared binoculars, and prepared for a bigger challenge. We went deep into the forest and looked for more rare prey. We scanned the surrounding environment with infrared binoculars and found some interesting phenomena. Some trees were flickering with red dots, which turned out to be some small animals living on trees, such as squirrels, birds, etc.; some grasses were faintly glowing with yellow light, which turned out to be some small animals hiding in the grass, such as rabbits, hedgehogs, etc.; some rocks behind were emitting white light, which turned out to be some large animals lying on rocks to warm up, such as deer, wild boars, etc. We judged the position and state of animals based on color changes, then slowly approached them and shot them with guns or bows and arrows. We shot several different kinds of animals, some of which we had never seen before. We brought them back to the farmhouse and asked the boss to make us a feast of game dishes, which made us almost burst our stomachs.
- On the third day, we decided to do something more interesting and creative. We took some photos of animals with infrared binoculars and added some funny texts or patterns to them with our imagination. For example, we took a picture of a yawning deer and added a bubble next to its mouth saying “I’m so sleepy”; we took a picture of a rabbit eating grass and drew a beard and glasses on it saying “I’m an artistic youth”; we took a picture of a sleeping wild boar and added a crown on its head saying “I’m a sleeping beauty”. We sent these photos to our friends and let them share our fun. We also took some photos of scenery with infrared binoculars and described them with our poetic sense. For example, we took a picture of Tianmen Cave and wrote a poem: “Tianmen Cave is like a rainbow across mountains leading to fairyland; at night it is like a star shining brightly guiding direction.” We made these photos and poems into an album as our souvenir.
The three days we spent hunting in Zhaishiyan were one of the most unforgettable experiences of our lives. We not only felt the beauty and magic of nature, but also experienced the fun and excitement of hunting at night. We cherished our friendship more, and thanked our night vision binoculars and infrared binoculars for allowing us to see more clearly, farther and more realistically in the dark. We hope to have the opportunity to come here again and continue to explore and enjoy everything here.
Before we end our hunting trip, we also want to recommend some local delicacies in Zhaishiyan. The food here not only has a strong local flavor, but also has rich nutrition and benefits. Here are some of the dishes we tasted:
- Roasted whole lamb: This is the most famous specialty dish in Zhaishiyan. It uses locally raised lamb, marinated with spices and salt, and roasted on charcoal fire. The meat is tender and juicy, and the aroma is appetizing.
- Wild vegetable soup: This is the most beneficial health dish in Zhaishiyan. It uses various wild or cultivated vegetables from the local area, such as wild chrysanthemum, wild wormwood, wild onion, etc., plus chicken soup or bone soup, to make a pot of fragrant and delicious soup. It is very refreshing and vitamin supplement.
- Walnut cake: This is the most characteristic dessert in Zhaishiyan. It uses walnuts from the local area, which are abundant in production, and adds sugar, flour, eggs and other ingredients to make a dough, then fries it into golden cakes. It is very sweet and soft.
These dishes not only made us enjoy ourselves, but also made us feel the enthusiasm and hospitality of the people of Zhaishiyan. We hope that more people can come here, taste the food here, appreciate the scenery here, and experience the culture here. Zhaishiyan is a good place for tourism and hunting, and also a place that makes people linger.