CHESTER, VIRGINIA – Carl Zeiss Sports Optics has selected George McCoy of New Mexico as the winner of the ZEISS Experience Contest, earning McCoy a trip to hunt trophy black bear with Zeiss in Manitoba, Canada this spring.
After reviewing numerous submissions by loyal ZEISS customers describing how or why ZEISS optics have made a difference in their hunting success afield, McCoy was chosen for his succinct and compelling essay detailing many examples of the positive difference ZEISS has made in his 34 years of hunting.
The following excerpts are from McCoy’s submission:
“It is hard to pick one hunt where my Zeiss optics have made it successful. An Elk herd at first light in Montana where I was the only one able to pick out the bull, a Steenbok and Lions at last light in Zimbabwe, a Lion at first light in Tanzania or Cape Buffalo at last light all come to mind. After falling into the rocks on a sheep hunt in the Wrangell’s of Alaska, hunting Caribou above the Arctic Circle, hunting in the wind and rain on the Alaska Peninsula and in the salt water environment of Prince William Sound, I have always been able to depend on my Zeiss optics. I bought my first Zeiss Riflescope and 8×30 binoculars 35 years ago. I now have 6 Zeiss scopes and 3 pair of binoculars….. never had a problem with any piece of Zeiss equipment.”
“The hunt that made it clear to me just how Zeiss optics are superior to one of your main competitors was a Leopard hunt in Zimbabwe…..My guide and I both had 8×30 binoculars but mine were Zeiss…..After peering through his binoculars for some time the guide whispered that he just couldn’t make out the animal that was feeding on the bait. I handed him my Zeiss binoculars, he put them to his eyes and immediately whispered back that it was just a Honey Badger. That evening we had a leopard come into the bait just at dark. We were barely able to see the cat in the dusk but when I looked through the 1.5×6 Diavari Riflescope it was as if someone had turned the lights on.”
“Reliability, durability and performance translates into optics I can pass on to my son and grandson. I have already bought him a pair of Zeiss Binoculars and supplied both my son and grandson with Zeiss Riflescopes. When purchasing any kind of optical equipment, I never consider any item that does not have the Zeiss name on it.”
McCoy will accompany Bob Kaleta, Carl Zeiss Hunting Product Specialist, in pursuit of trophy black bear in Manitoba this May. They will be staying at the incredible Agassiz-Waterhen River Lodge during this week-long hunt that will feature the latest optics from Carl Zeiss. In addition to the hunt, McCoy will also receive a Conquest 3-9×40 riflescope and Conquest 8×40 binocular as a gift for his effort on the essay and his many years of loyalty to Carl Zeiss.
“George McCoy is a great example of Carl Zeiss’ many loyal customers,” said Erik Schumacher, president of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. “We appreciate the confidence that Mr. McCoy and others like him have in the ZEISS brand. They provide opportunities for Carl Zeiss to be part of, and make a positive difference during, so many incredible hunting adventures, and this drives us as a company. We want to give them the very best and are constantly developing new, innovative optics for an even greater experience in the field.”
About Carl Zeiss:
Carl Zeiss is an international group of companies in the optical and optoelectronic industries. The company has representatives in more than 30 countries. Carl Zeiss is a stock corporation which is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).
The products and services from Carl Zeiss set the standards in the Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products markets. The ZEISS brand has stood for innovative ideas, precision and quality for more than 160 years. Around 13,000 employees work for Carl Zeiss around the world. During fiscal year 2008/09, they generated revenues of EUR 2.1 billion. As part of the Carl Zeiss Group, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of its state-of-the-art binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes and laser rangefinders throughout the United States.