Strategies For Shooting with the Sun in Your Eyes.

Strategies For Shooting with the Sun in Your Eyes.

Sometimes when you are out shooting the sun can be behind your target, and when this happens, you have to readjust your position. If you are a hunter, you know that looking into the sun when aiming to take a shot is one disadvantage you do not need. So, how do you fight glare when you are out shooting? Shooter position, movement, and a properly adjusted scope are key factors when confronted with sun glare while shooting. You want your eyes on the target, and glare and a moving target are a bad combination. There are a few tricks and tips that you can apply to minimize glare and successfully shoot your target.

Have Sunshade Handy

If you have high-power scopes and high-quality hunting optics, then you may own a sunshade that came as an accessory with your shooting equipment. A sunshade is typically a 3- or 4-inch tube at the end of a scope. You could buy the sunshade separately if it doesn’t come threaded to the scope you purchased. The sunshade has its limit and works ideally to limit glare until the sun drops low enough to impact your objective lens which it’s supposed to guard. A sunshade is a good option that is easy to use, and that will not change the optics, or minimize your field of view.

Wear a Brimmed Hat

Wearing a hat or cap could be helpful if the brim is twisted to prevent glare on a scope’s rear ocular lens. Your hat could help to shade the objective lens when spotting a target or shooting. Depending on the intensity of the glare, some individuals may have to use one hand to shade the eyes and the hat’s brim to cover the edge of the objective lens of the scope. A hat is a good substitute for a scope’s sunshade.

Use the Shadow of Terrain and Vegetation

The terrain and vegetation of your environment could prove useful if you observe what’s going on around you. Make use of shadows and position yourself in the natural shade of your surroundings. You may need to stand or lay in the shadow of a tree, hill, or rock to take your shot successfully without glare in your eyes. Shadows also help to provide a level of concealment which will make it harder to be spotted by your target.

Cover Your Objective Lens

Partial coverage of your objective lens can help to minimize glare and make spotting and shooting much easier when the sun is out. Achieving a crisp image doesn’t necessarily require full exposure of the lens. It’s possible to have below 25% of the lens exposed and have no idea that there’s any kind of limiting factor. There’s simply no interference with getting a solid shot without the lens at full capacity.

Wear Polarized Glasses

Hunting in polarized lens sunglasses can eliminate glare. These specially designed glasses

feature a laminated filter that blocks some of the light that passes through. Glare is usually horizontally-oriented light, which the polarized glasses block, allowing only vertically-oriented light through.

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Glare doesn’t have to stop you from hitting your target if you prepare for that possibility ahead of time. With a variety of anti-glare solutions to consider, you can avoid interference from the sun. All in all, safety comes first, and being able to see your target is a must before pulling that trigger. If you want to improve your shot regardless of the weather, contact Tactical Dynamics today to sign up for a course!

Evan Bidgood
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