Hunting hogs with night vision and thermal imaging gives you a great advantage over the super invasive and smart prey.
I’ve been able to use a PVS14 night vision monocular setup for a while and recently was able to give the brand new Sig Sauer Echo1 thermal scope a run on a night hunt. I’ll have a more detailed review on the thermal in the future, but in the meantime here are a few impressions:
For those contemplating either purchasing night vision OR thermal you’ll just need to consider the main use. If you are primarily hunting from a fixed position or in wide open fields – thermal optics are for you. It rules the night in acquiring and identifying warm game.
However if you wish to be moving under complete darkness and keep situational awareness you want to go the night vision route. If budget allows it, thermal optics make a great addition to a head mounted nigh vision setup.
Here is one boar brought down by a .300BLK from 70 yards with the Sig Echo:
The thermal setup was VERY accurate. Here is a two shot group on a RSR target from 100 yards at night (after we heated the steel up on the BBQ pit).