The New Leica Geovid Pro 32 – Specialist for Mountain Hunting and Hunting Trips

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Introducing the new Leica Geovid Pro 32 the most compact and powerful rangefinder model in the premium class. Its small pack size and light weight make it ideal for altitude hunting, stalking, and other active hunting trips.

Ultimate high-end optics and rangefinding

With the new Leica Geovid Pro 32, Leica Sport Optics presents universal rangefinder binoculars that boast multiple unsurpassed performance features. The Leica Geovid Pro 32 sets a new benchmark in the premium professional segment, combining outstanding optics, precise rangefinding, a multifunctional ballistics calculator, and an ergonomic design based around a 32-mm lens diameter. The extremely accurate Class 1 laser measures distances up to 2,570 yds (2,300 m) reliably and quickly, and up to 180 m with an extremely low measurement tolerance of +/- 9 in (23 cm) – the optimum solution for precise shots at long, medium, and close range.

 

 

The pinnacle of ballistics development

The Leica Geovid Pro 32 uses the most advanced ballistics program. A ballistics calculator in the binoculars interacts with a ballistics app on the hunter’s smartphone. Binoculars and smartphone communicate via Bluetooth®. In this way, settings selected in the app (data configuration) can be transferred to the binoculars (computer) and the binoculars can transfer measurement data to the app. Instead of the app, a Kestrel® weather meter can be connected to the binoculars. The pre-installed, world-leading Applied Ballistics® software calculates the most accurate ballistics values for up to 875 yds (800 m). All correction data required for a precise shot is shown on the display of the Geovid Pro 32, immediately after rangefinding.

Target tracking with Leica ProTrack

In addition to the rangefinder, the Leica Geovid Pro 32 is equipped with a built-in compass. Together with the ballistics calculator, the Leica Geovid Pro 32 can determine geographical positions in the field. The position of the last distance measurement is automatically saved and can be recalled for target guidance. In other words, the Leica Geovid Pro 32 can safely guide the hunter to the target or another previously measured point in the field. This is done via the smartphone display, which shows a simple compass needle or even a map based on Google Maps®, BaseMap® or Garmin maps. The compass needle makes it easy to determine how to approach the target. On the background maps, the hunter can even see the position of the target embedded in a graphical terrain display.

Functionality in offline mode

To use the full range of functions, the Leica Geovid Pro 32 must be connected to the app in the cell phone. If the phone is offline, all data previously downloaded to the phone is available. The tracking function also runs, albeit with limitations: The respective map section would have to be downloaded in Google Maps® beforehand. The same applies to the BaseMap® app. Any ballistics data previously downloaded to the cell phone is also available. Furthermore, ballistics profiles can be created, saved, and transferred. And the Geovid Pro can be controlled remotely, provided that Bluetooth® is enabled and the Geovid Pro is connected to the app.

If there is no connection to the app, e.g., if the phone was left behind, the binoculars’ own functions can be used. These include all of the measurement functions: rangefinding, angle, temperature, air pressure, and compass. One of the five output functions – measured range, equivalent horizontal range (EHR), holdover correction, click correction, unit correction – will also remain available, provided it was synchronized in advance. In offline mode, the user can no longer change the output method. Only measured range and EHR are additionally selectable.

Without the app, the ballistics calculator in the binoculars can access the data of the last synchronized profile as well as the last synchronized correction values. The same calculator is installed in both the Geovid Pro and the app. The same parameters and calculations are used.

 

 

Unlimited ease of use

Its small and ergonomic design, precise rangefinding, and optical peak performance – comparable to premium binoculars without a rangefinder – make the Leica Geovid Pro 32 a truly universal glass. Especially on altitude hunts and when stalking, the hunter can move freely without worry and rely on top performance under all conditions. In more advanced twilight or complete darkness, the Leica Calonox thermal devices are at the ready and, together with the Leica Geovid Pro 32, form an unbeatable duo for unrestricted 24-hour observation at the highest level.

Online and offline functions at a glance

  1. Connected to app on phone (phone is online and functional)
  • Full range of functions
  1. Connected to app on phone (phone is offline but functional, Bluetooth connection to app is enabled)
  • GPS tracking is possible with prior download of the respective map section in Google Maps®. The same applies to the BaseMap® app.
  • Ballistics profiles can be created, saved, and transferred. Geovid Pro can be controlled remotely.
  1. No connection to app on phone (e.g., phone battery dead, or no phone present)
  • Built-in binocular functions, such as rangefinding, are available.
  • EHR based on “rifleman’s rule” (COS function).
  • Access to correction values (bALL) of the last synchronized profile, measured values and Applied Ballistics of the on-board calculator.
  • Correction values as pre-set in the app. No switching from clicks to holdover, etc.
  • An identical calculator is installed in Geovid Pro and in the app, with the same parameters/calculations.

For more information, check out www.leica-sportoptics.com, and visit Leica’s Facebook and Instagram page at www.facebook.com/LeicaHuntingUSA and www.instagram.com/LeicaHuntingUSA

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Volunteers Sought to Help Find Elk Calves in Wisconsin

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Live in Wisconsin or the Great Lakes area? Love elk? Want to help biologists find newborn elk calves just after they hit the ground? Then the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) needs your help.

As part of a multi-year DNR research effort stretching into 2024, the state wildlife agency will host calf searches in the Clam Lake area between May 21 and June 22, 2022. It needs a dozen to 15 volunteers per outing. The goal is to find and place collars on the baby elk so scientists can monitor movement, survival and the causes of mortality.

“When a cow has been suspected to have dropped a calf, we use the volunteers to sweep the area looking for a newborn calf elk. DNR staff then collect data, age, GPS collar and ear tag the calf. The group then backs out and lets the calf reunite with the cow. DNR staff then track that calf as its life progresses,” Josh Spiegel, DNR wildlife biologist, told the Sawyer County Record. “This is a great and fun opportunity for volunteers. At the same time, it can be rather rigorous walking through various habitat types, including timber sales, thick brush, wet ground, etc.”

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chronicled such an elk calf search near Clam Lake in a short 2018 film.

Spiegel said volunteers need to be in good shape, wear sturdy boots and good outdoor clothing, and have the ability to make their way across rough terrain with thick vegetation. He also added, “No bug spray is also important.”

For more information, including scheduling an opportunity to search for calves, call 715-634-7464 or send an email to sarah.looman@wisconsin.gov.

(Photo credit:  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)

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RMEF to Raise Funds for New Mexico Elk Habitat, Raffle Elk Tag

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will raffle one bull-elk authorization with proceeds going to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) to benefit elk and elk habitat in the state.

The drawing will take place on June 2, 2022, in Santa Fe.

The winner will be able to hunt any time on public land open to elk hunting or on private land with permission using any legal sporting weapon from September 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023. Enhancement license holders choosing to hunt on the Valles Caldera must arrange access with the National Park Service (575) 829-4100 at least 2 weeks prior to hunting.

Enhancement funds are used to support restoration projects on priority landscapes that positively influence both large and targeted ecosystems. Enhancement hunts do not count as once-in-a-lifetime hunts.

Tickets are $20 apiece. Go here to purchase tickets online. Additional information is found here.

(Photo credit:  New Mexico Department of Game and Fish)

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Project to Create New Montana Wildlife Management Area Moves Forward

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Below is a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP). The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provides transactional knowledge and expertise while serving alongside FWP and private landowners in the three-pronged collaborative effort.

The proposed purchase of a 5,677-acre ranch in Golden Valley County for a new state wildlife management area took a step forward this week and when Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks managers approved an environmental assessment that found no significant roadblocks to the project.

The decision to proceed addresses public comments on the environmental assessment, which were submitted during the past month.

The proposal now goes to the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission before it is presented to the Montana Board of Land Commissioners this fall.

It calls for FWP to buy the property from Montana Children’s Home & Hospital, doing business as Shodair Children’s Hospital, for approximately $8.22 million using Federal Pittman Robertson Wildlife Restoration funds for 75 percent of the appraised value and Habitat Montana funds for the remaining 25 percent.

The proposed property is entirely native mountain/foothill and prairie grassland habitats at the base of the Big Snowy Mountains with no farmed or crop land. It provides habitat for a diverse assemblage of species including elk, black bear, mule deer, pronghorn and at least 22 animals listed as species of concern. It is beneficial in maintaining huntable and viewable populations of game and non-game species, both migratory and resident.

The property will not open until after the transaction is completed and FWP has prepared it for public access.

Go here for additional information including the signed decision notice and the full environmental assessment.

(Photo credit:  Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

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Post-Wildfire Logging Reduces Fuel Loads, Risk of Future High-Intensity Fires

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New research indicates salvage logging that takes place after a wildfire reduces the amount of available fuel or standing dead trees and, therefore, the potential severity for possible future fires. Those findings assist forest managers with their decisions about how to best manage a post-fire landscape – either apply various active management treatments or leave the forest to recover naturally on its own.

Morris Johnson, a research fire ecologist with the USDA Forest Service (USFS) Pacific Northwest Research Station, oversees the long-term, multi-year study. He established controlled study areas within the perimeter of the 2015 Okanogan Complex, the largest fire in Washington history that burned 304,782 acres and destroyed 120 homes, and the 2020 August Complex, the largest fire in California history that scorched more than one million acres and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures.

“I wanted to work with forest managers and use these recent large wildfires as opportunities to implement long-term management experiments to improve the scientific basics for decision-making and to address some of the controversy surrounding salvage logging,” said Johnson.

Fire is a part of the natural ecosystem but decades of fire suppression set the table for extremely intense wildfires that char hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and wildlife habitat, and gobble up millions of dollars of USFS budgeted funds.

“This research process is not so much a shift in how we do things, but an added element that puts science behind it,” said Hinda Darner, Mendocino National Forest fuels officer. “It’s a win-win for all of us. It’s pretty exciting to be working with Morris. The more work like this we can do, the better we are as an agency.”

(Photo credit:  Morris Johnson/U.S. Forest Service)

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