Hunting at night is unnatural. We don’t possess the capability to see in the dark, but that didn’t stop us from having a blast with some of the best thermal imaging on the market. With these ATN products, we can turn the tables on unsuspecting hogs.
Most of us know the name ATN and what you get from their optics. We see tons of features like wifi, Bluetooth,
ballistic calculators, recording options, optional reticles, and a compass built right in, but those aren’t what hooked me. I find solace knowing I get a crystal-clear image no matter which model I select.
We silently rolled up to the first field with Rougarou Hog Control to find a couple coyotes on the hunt. After a quick set up and a few distressed rabbit calls, the coyotes were within range. That's when a flurry of shots rang out, and two-less fawn killers lay on the ground.
As we approached the second field, I spotted a small heat register with the ATN ThOR-HD 384. Not knowing what it was, I brushed it off as a raccoon or something. I didn’t know there was a depression in the field, which held 10 hogs ripe for the taking. When we glassed the sounder, we saw what they were doing, rooting up a freshly-planted field. Only three hogs escaped that field, but if it weren't for reliable equipment, we would have never seen them.
On the 300 BLK, I chose the ATN ThOR LT. This is a trimmed down unit that, for the money, is worth its weight in gold. As a shooter, you still get the same excellent quality and image that you expect. The feeding hogs popped off the 1280X720 HD display screen while I zeroed in. I believe the most fascinating aspect of hunting at night is watching wildlife just before the volley of fire. They feed or root around damaging fields at night, which is the best time to thin the herd.
Shane Kessler of Rougarou Hog Control doesn't believe what he's doing is control, it's extermination. He's right.
According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, feral sows reach sexual maturity at 6 to 8 months of age and produce 1.5 litters per year on average, with six or more piglets in each. This high reproductive rate is why experts say you must remove 50 to 70 percent of a local hog population annually – with most of those being sows and juveniles – to bring them under control. Controlling the population is nearly impossible for hunters during daylight hours. That’s where folks like ATN come in to play.
By producing the ThOR LT, ATN closed the gap on the wild pig invasion. It gave hunters an option without all the bells and whistles, yet maintained the durability and clarity I’ve come to expect out of ATN.
ATN allows hunters like me to extend hunting hours into the night. There was a time not too long ago when I couldn't fathom owning optics with thermal imaging capabilities. With the ATN ThOR LT, I can help guys like Shane and Rougarou Hog Control exterminate the pest problem one night at a time. ~ KJ
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter and often finds himself in a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.