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When I am hunting there is nothing more frustrating that trying to estimate the distance to the target.
You can set up everything right and fire the “perfect” shot all for it to end up short or whatever else. This is because you misjudged the distance to the target and your shot was poorly targeted because of it.
When you have a quality rangefinder you won’t have to worry about judging the distance. Instead you can get the correct distance and focus on what exactly is at hand, the hunting itself!
I have used a lot of different rangefinders and below are the best options.
Best Bowhunting Rangefinder – Top 3
Most Affordable Option
Not everyone can afford to break the bank when choosing a rangefinder, so I wanted to include an option that was not only affordable but offers a quality product. The product that came out the winner was the 3 Bushnell Team Primos The Truth rangefinder.
First off when it comes to design of this Bushnell. It has a simple and plain black design, its small and lightweight and can easily be carried in your jacket pocket.
In terms of usage it is easy to hold and has a gripy surface and because its lightweight there is no fatigue from using it for longer periods. Its range works from 7 -850 yards although for tree ranging 600 yards is the limit and for optimal deer ranging 200 yards.
The one thing that stood out to my and really is ideal for bowhunting is the Bow Mode. How it works it when you press for the distance to a target it will give you the standard LOS(line of sight) distance. Then after you press and hold the range button for a couple seconds it will give you the angle compensated yardage and the angle(in degrees). In addition to this you have a 4x magnification which can be handy. For accuracy if you stay within the suggested ranges it works extremely well and is always accurate. For more information on angle shots check out this article.
My second choice is a great all round option that is well priced and has all the quality you would expect as well as the important features, and yes, it’s another Bushnell product!
The first thing that caught my eye with the rangefinder was the unique design and color scheme. It has an interesting woodland style pattern and a nice texture which helps with holding the rangefinder. It has a similar footprint to the previous Bushnell I mentioned and again is lightweight and can be carried in your pocket.
For actual functionality, it has a range effectiveness of 5 yards to a maximum of 1,300 yards. When using it for bowhunting on trees out to 900 yards and readings out to deer out to 600 yards which is a significant improvement over the more budget version.
If you are more serious about your hunting or simply what a top-notch product then this rangefinder is a perfect choice.
The design and overall quality of this Leica rangefinder is amazing not only does it look classy but it feels premium in the hand. It is lightweight and weighs in at just under 8 oz. It also has a small footprint at about the size of the palm of my hand. It has a range from 10 yards all the way up to over 1000 yards. In my own testing which was primarily under 500 yards the most it was ever off the correct measurement was 0.5 yards which was very impressive. It also has access to a magnification of up to 7x which is one of the best I have used.
For operation, it’s just a matter of pressing a button and then your distance will be displayed. With this Leica you also have the option for measuring the EHR(equivalent horizontal range). This is ideal if you are hunting where the ground is sloping and has more gradient. You can switch between the modes as you need and it will display the relevant distance in yards.