Judging the distance of your shot is one of the toughest aspects of bow hunting with your compound bow. You have to understand that this is a critical aspect of shooting. You need to understand it well if you hope to become a good shooter. Once you become adept at determining range you can eliminate the potential for wounding deer and you can increase your confidence. While you are still honing in on your depth-judging abilities, I would highly suggest that you look into using a laser range finder to refine your skills.
Determine Your Needs When Searching for Rangefinders
Before you head out to purchase the most expensive model that you can find, you need to understand what your particular needs are. You should also be aware that there are models that range from $100 all the way to the mid $1000. They will all offer varying degrees of functionality, all dependent on what you need. I have compiled a list of the 5 things that you should be looking for when you are trying to purchase a laser range finder.
- Always make sure that the rangefinder is rated to be +/- 1 yard. Anything more, and the item will not serve its intended purpose.
- Size matters. If you are using the finder when you are bow hunting then you can search for models that are in the lightweight category. If you are hunting at greater distances than those that are typically used for bow hunting then you might want to opt into purchasing a mid price rangefinder.
- The cheaper the item is, the more likely you are to experience divergence. The further a laser light is from the source, the more it expands. The higher priced models will have much
less of this divergence, making them more accurate.
- Always keep in mind the area that you will primarily be hunting. If you hunt in varying light conditions then it might be wise to get a rangefinder that has low-light or bright light
image stabilization for those particular conditions. Concurrently you might need a rangefinder that offers angle compensation if you tend to hunt areas that are full of thick brush
- This last one is just me being picky, but I would suggest that get a model that is waterproof. You never know what can happen and since most of the cameras on the market offer this functionality, I would rather be safe than sorry. I like my equipment to be as rugged as possible, and for the price of one of these cameras, it better have that capability.
Start Searching for Your Rangefinder
So there you have it. If you take these factors into consideration, then you should get the best rangefinder
for your needs. With the major expansion of this industry in recent years, there is now almost something for everyone. It does not matter whether you are a seasoned shooter or a beginner, I can assure you that there will be an option out there to meet your needs.