_by David E. Petzal
For years I’ve been whining at you that while it’s OK to buy an inexpensive gun, it’s stupid to cut corners on optical equipment, because the cheap stuff will not hack it.

Exhibit A here, is a Leica spotting scope that elk guide Amos Ames has used for the past 13 years. As you can see, it’s had a hard life, and then some. It is, however, still fully functional, where a lesser piece of equipment would be in a trash bin somewhere.


The other thing a scope of this caliber can do is let you search, hour after hour, without going blind. As Amos put it one morning: “You just saw me looking through this scope for three and a half hours solid. If you’re going to do that, you better have top-flight equipment.”

His binocular, by the way, is a Swarovski. Amos is the rule among guides, not the exception. The tools they value most are their pickup trucks and their spotting scopes and binoculars.