5 Top Tips on Using a Hunting Rangefinder

Last Updated on May 13, 2023 by Dwayne Easton

Using a hunting rangefinder accurately can be difficult for first-time and even advanced hunters. Misjudging the range can cause so many failed hunting attempts than any other mistakes. That being said, experienced hunters know why range defining is very important when hunting.

With the advancement in technology, Laser rangefinders have been developed recently. Within a short period, this affordable gear became the most important tool for modern bowhunters.  Using laser range finders, you can increase the efficiency of your bowhunting.

Tips on Using Your Hunting Rangefinder

1. Accessories required

There are several accessories that you need when using a rangefinder. Your rangefinder must be easily accessible. You must also make sure the accessories which come with the rangefinder are worthy. Most of them come with neck lanyards and some attachments to strap, belts and pockets.  

If you are into long-distance shooting, you’ve to be ready with the right mountable accessories like a tripod to mount your weapon so that it would be easy for you to handle.

2. Learn the Scan Modes

The scan mode feature shows you the range of moving spots from a longer distance. It gives different shots in a single target within minutes. Without the scan mode option, it delivers a single laser pop.

To make your range faster while bow hunting, practice using scan mode to get a clear focus on the moving target.

3. Understand the defects in Rangefinders

Most of the laser rangefinders operate using Time of flight technology. This means the rangefinder sends out a laser beam to capture its reflection.

If there is a delay in the reflection, the process stops automatically, because the laser rangefinders do not operate well in thickly covered areas. This is why some bow hunters have trouble using it.

4. Marking the angles

Generally, distance changes with the change in angle and height. There are two different angle ranges i.e straight-line and vertical. Choose the place for shooting whether in steep terrain or elevated stands and then mark the angles. For example, standing in steep terrain and aiming a straight line angle range will give you a high hit.

Always have a range finder with an angle compensation feature to have a perfect range shot. Otherwise, it will lead to measurement errors during your shooting.

5. Reduce Noise

Some of the rangefinders do not have rubber armor for noise reduction. So it would be tough for you to handle the situation in the wild. Because staying quiet in the shooting spot will give you a great hit. So always choose the rangefinder that has rubber armor to absorb noise.

Wrapping up

Laser rangefinders are a major tool to help you work with difficult hunting adventures. It is used not only to measure the distance but also to help you to escape from the obstacles between you and the target.    

Before purchasing a rangefinder, make sure it is waterproof so that you’ll be able to work in different climate conditions. We hope the above tips will you for easy operation in the wilderness.