February is often viewed as a down time in the hunter’s year. But while fall and winter are prime seasons, there are still plenty of hunting opportunities in February. Deer, coyotes, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and more are out and about throughout the month. The key is knowing where to look and having the proper gear to maximize your chances.
Chief among that gear is a properly equipped rifle, and the right scope can make all the difference. Optics suited to your target species and terrain will enable you to spot game at a distance, estimate range, and place accurate shots. We’ve put together this guide to help you equip your rifle with scopes built for success this February. We’ll cover popular animals, key features, and quality affordable scopes from Pinty.
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What to Hunt in February
For deer, late season hunting focuses on food sources and bedding areas in the timber. Variable 2.5-10X40 scopes like Pinty's 2.5-10x40mm Mil-dot Rifle Scope excel in wooded terrain with excellent light transmission and mid-power magnification to scan the thickets.
Hunting predators like coyotes is popular when their fur is prime. Calling them in open land often requires higher zoom like Pinty's 4-16*50mm Rifle Scope. The side wheel adjustable parallax removes distortion for tack sharp sight pictures. The Red/Green RGD reticle stands out brightly.
Quick little animals like rabbits and squirrels require lightweight durable scopes that excel at short range. Pinty's 2.5-10x40mm Mil-dot Rifle Scope provides ample magnification and the multi-coated lenses increase contrast and transmission.
Key Scope Features for Hunting
Understanding scope attributes like magnification power, adjustable turrets, reticle options, and lens coatings will guide you towards optics tailored for your hunting. Here are some of the most helpful features to consider:
- Variable Zoom - Scopes with variable magnification like 2.5-10x, 3-9x or 4-16x allow you to dial in the ideal level for proximity. Lower power for close range shots, higher power for distant small targets.
- Target Turrets - Exposed elevation and windage adjustment dials in MOA or MIL let you calculate and dial-in the required holds for long shots.
- Parallax Adjustment - A side parallax focus knob eliminates image distortion and maintains sharp sight picture, especially important at higher magnifications.
- Lens Coatings - Fully multi-coated or fully coated lenses increase light transmission for bright, high-contrast images in all conditions.
- Reticles - Fine crosshairs, BDC hashmarks, and illuminated options make sight picture clear without obscuring targets. Match to intended use.
- Waterproof/Fogproof - For hunting wet climates, make sure the optics withstand water, humidity, and temperature fluctuations.
- Shockproof - Durable internal construction and exterior armor resist recoil, bumps, and abuse during harsh hunts.
Rifle Scopes for Every February Hunt
Now that you know about the ideal attributes for different hunting scenarios, we can recommend outstanding scopes to equip your rifle this February. These are quality optics selected from Pinty for proven performance and value. Just match your target species and environment to choose optics you can rely on when shots count.
Whitetail Deer Hunting Scopes
Pinty 2.5-10x40mm Mil-dot Rifle Scope - With an efficient multi-coated lens system, mil dot reticle, and red/green illumination, it's ideal for wooded deer hunting.
Predator Hunting Scopes
Pinty 4-16*50mm Rifle Scope - Higher 16x magnification extends range on coyotes. The rangefinder reticle, parallax adjustment, and illuminated colors provide vital advantages.
Pinty 6-24x50 AO Illuminated Mil Dot Rifle Scope - Side parallax and higher 24x magnification for dialing long distance shots. The 50mm tube transmits ample light.
Small & Varmint Game Scopes
Pinty 2.5-10x40mm Mil-dot Rifle Scope - Provides ample magnification and the multi-coated lenses increase contrast and transmission.
Pinty 1-5x24 SFP Rifle Scope - Lower 1-5x magnification perfect for close range shots on small animals.
Gear Up for a Successful Hunt
Equipping your rifle with optics purpose-built for your game and environment will give you key advantages this February. Use this guide's suggestions to browse our full selection of quality Pinty scopes for your specific hunting needs.