“Glassing is the art of sitting on a high spot and looking for wildlife.” That gem of wisdom comes from Artemis co-founder Jess Johnson, who shares some of her best game-spotting tricks with us in this episode. Plus, what you need to know when scoping out your optics. (See what we did there? #opticspun)

  • 3:00 – Quarantine Us: Dishes = low priority; Mud season = meh; Comfy overalls = a harbinger of changing standards of what you will and won’t wear in public 
  • 10:00 – What is glassing? It’s the art of sitting on a high spot and looking for wildlife… OR, hunting with your eyes, not with your feet
  • 10:30 – How do you pick a glassing spot? Let’s talk about mule deer for a moment. 
  • 12:00 – Wisdom from Brad Brooks of Argali – Mule deer know their home ground… they come back to it time and time again. 
  • 13:00 – Look for the best vantage point… look for a high spot without tree obstruction. Spots that overlook basins are winners.
  • 15:00 – Good glassing involves sitting and waiting. Get comfy.
  • 16:30 – Mule deer feed in the morning… then they mosey around. Moving mule deer = easier to spot than bedded deer. Best times to glass are early mornings and 3 p.m. onwards. 
  • 20:00 – Improving your eye for game: Investigate every twig/rock… look closely. And if you see nothing, wait and look again. Movement is a giveaway.
  • 24:00 – Glassing is sort of like Where’s Waldo… your eye gets sharper at finding the details that clue you into game the more time you spend out there. 
  • 28:00 – Go glassing in the off-season. Bring coffee/donuts. Make it comfy.
  • 32:00 – Optics… they’re particularly useful in Western hunting. It’s probably not the equipment to skimp on.
  • 34:00 – Jess uses Mavens
  • 35:00 – Optics specs – magnification by objective size. Higher magnification means your field of view gets smaller.
  • 38:00 – Glassing arm exhaustion is a real thing. Prop yourself up on something… Jess has a winning ball cap trick.
  • 39:30 – Binoculars vs. spotting scopes
  • 42:00 – Other good makes: Zeiss, Vortex, Swarovski, Maven
  • 43:00 – The app-adapted scope is a pretty fun luxury
  • 45:30 – Know how to fit your binos to your face and how to adjust them
  • 56:40 – Clan of the Cave bears book… who’s ready to slingshot hunt with me?