Hunting spotlights are often used in Australia to locate and track game at night. The bright light allows hunters to help target and shoot them accurately. It can be a handy confirmation identifying the “eye-shine” of a target. It could help you make sure you are shooting a feral bunny (pink or red) and not Mary’s little lamb (sheep have green). A great deal of Australia’s feral animal population are nocturnal and a good spotlight is usually essential kit.
Spotlights can also be used to scare off game or to signal to other hunters in a group. They can be vehicle mounted or handheld.
It is important to use spotlights with care, particularly near livestock. Shining them in the eyes of animals, domesticated or otherwise, can cause distress and may even be illegal in some areas.
Handheld spotlights are a popular tool for hunting in Australia, as they allow hunters to see their prey in the dark, or to track the movement of animals in the early morning or at night. They are also useful for locating game that is hiding in high grass or dense scrub.
One of the main uses of handheld spotlights for hunting is to locate feral pests such as rabbits, foxes and feral cats, as these animals are active at night and can be difficult to see during the day. Handheld spotlights can also be used to locate other types of game such as kangaroos, deer and pigs.
A useful feature of handhelds is that a lot of models can simply plug into a vehicles cigarette lighter socket. This removes the need for any special modifications to the ute or other mobile shooting platform.
Another handy use of handheld spotlights for hunting is to “freeze” animals. This can be done by shining the light in the animal’s eyes causing an effect of “stunning” the creature, effectively holding it motionless. This makes targeting the critter a lot easier of course and increases the chance of a humane dispatch of the animal.
In addition to hunting, handheld spotlights can also be used for other outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and search and rescue operations. They are also useful for security and surveillance.
Overall the handheld spotlight is a useful tool as it allows hunters to locate and track game in low light conditions.