Many hunters try spotlighting for the first time and end up frustrated when they aren’t able to quickly see the animals when the light goes on, or the beam isn’t wide enough to cover the whole area.
If you get a good quality light, your night hunting will completely change. It’s a massive difference.
Overall, the light we recommend on the cheap end is the Odepro KL52Plus (on Amazon). Seriously, the reviews for this light are pegged at 5 stars. It’s the best functionality and highest brightness you can get for around a hundred dollars. It seems to work well and there aren’t really any common complaints about it. The Odepro comes with red, white, and green LEDs.
It’s definitely a cheaper light, but it’s plenty bright. It’s actually a fairly nice light, and it better be for over a hundred bucks. It comes with a set of rechargeable batteries, mounting brackets, and a pressure switch cable. The switch lets you turn the light on and off with your thumb, or by gripping your rifle.
This light comes with a few nice bells and whistles. It’s tougher than the 30 and 40 dollar lights, but you don’t want to try and beat it up. Although one guy told me he lost his in the snow, found it in the spring, and the waterproof seal held. It just needed new batteries.
The FOXPRO Gunfire was made by serious hunters for serious hunters. It’s one of the absolute best all-around predator lights you can get. The thing is a beast. It’s durable, crisp, and bright. And, it’s kinda fancy looking. The red color is broken up by black and doesn’t stand out at all really.
Check the current price of the Foxpro Gunfire on Amazon.com
It’s weapon-mounted but includes a handle to use as a spotlight too. FOXPRO did a video about the Gunfire Predator light. They’ve got some awesome tips for predator lights!
One of the things that impress me about the Gunfire is the company really tried to put their very best work and design into this. This one also comes with red, white, and green LEDs that swap out.
This isn’t a compromise light, it’s literally everything serious coyote hunters have been asking for for years. That’s probably why the light is priced how it is. Check the current price on Amazon.
NightSnipe NS550 kit
The only light that really competes with the Foxpro Gunfire is the NightSnipe. I asked 16,000 people in the Michigan coyote hunting group what lights they recommend. Almost unanimously, it was the NightSnipe NS550 (link to Amazon). These are from a local Michigan company, Predator Hunter Outdoors in Attica, Mi.
Price-wise, it’s on par with the FOXPRO, about $220-$230 (special series models cost more) and it is available on Amazon as well as their store. Night Snipe is the company I’d go with for a top-of-the-line predator light. The batteries are 10-year rated rechargeables, and they work well in cold winters.
It’s highly durable, tough, and it attaches rigidly. This will show you a coyote at 500-yards on a moonless night. This was literally designed by input from hundreds of serious hunters. NightSnipe lights come with red, green, and white LEDs.
The NS750 is the big brother to the NS550. All the series of this light come with a dimmer knob that’s easy to adjust with one finger. NightSnipe lights come with rechargeable batteries and a pressure switch cable. It costs around $250 for this awesome weapon-mounted light.
The NS750 has a lot of adjustment on the mount so you can align it perfectly with your scope in any position. The NS750 has a 25 percent further range than the NS550, and it’s highly recommended by several insanely serious coyote hunters locally.
The NS750 is probably the best, and most robust light you can get. NightSnipe has a lifetime warranty on the light itself, and a one-year warranty on the accessories and mount. The warranty only counts for the original owner.
Predator Tactics Coyote Reaper Hunting Spotlight Kit
This is a non-weapon mounted light. It’s for scanning, so you don’t have to be pointing your gun everywhere without knowing where your target is. It’s just as bright as the NS750. it has rechargeable batteries, a dimer style control, and comes with all the different colors.
It’s a $220 dollar light. It’s very sleek, functional, and sturdy. This one also has a big focus area. I mean, it will change from a wide floodlight to a narrow spotlight. This is a great option if you are taking a youth hunting. You can scan with this light while the youth handles the rifle.
Less chance of an accident that way than a kid swinging a gun-mounted light all around looking for coyotes. That’s exactly how I plan to start my kids hunting coyotes when they’re old enough.
LUMENSHOOTER A10 Ultimate
This is another one of the more budget-minded lights. It’s adjustable but still throws a fairly wide spotlight. It’s a green light for general use predator hunting. The A10 sells for about $110. This one is good to just under 400-yards.
It’s got a decent aluminum frame, a sturdy plastic case, and rechargeable batteries, as well as a pressure switch cable. the mount isn’t super sturdy, but it’s not bad. This one also comes with an infrared LED to work with infrared night vision. Besides IR, it comes with red and white LEDs.
If you want a light that does both standard and infrared for near a hundred bucks, this one is a good option.
Vastfire predator light
This one is not the most popular, but perhaps the most common. The Vastfire is a common introductory-level predator light with a small price tag. It sells on Amazon for something like $50, and they sell a lot of them. It has a high review rating, so it’s working for people.
There are two different models. One is just red light, which is a bit cheaper. The other one comes with different LEDs to swap out for red, white, and green light. This one is small and lightweight. It’s almost more of a tactical-type light.
But, people are using it and reporting back with good results. It was designed cheap, not tough. It will work if you don’t beat it up. While not an amazing option, It’s still functional inside of 350-yards. For most hunters, it should do alright.
If you want to be able to clearly see a target past 300-yards, go with a brighter light. Good enough works fine for some people, but not for everyone. Do what you can and get what you can afford. There’s nothing wrong with staying within your means.