10 Top Tips to Maximize the Best Hunting Rangefinder

When it comes to using your hunting rangefinder, there are steps one must take in order to maximize the efficiency, as well as optimize it for your specific needs. Here’s a list of 10 ways to maximize your hunting rangefinder.

  1. Know how your lenses work
    Pay attention to the what type of coating your rangefinder’s lens has, the size of the lens itself, and what type of lens your rangefinder has. The more you know, the more you can utilize it with your hunting gear.
  • The color of your rangefinder is also important
    You want to choose a display color that will be visible in whatever weather and time condition that you are using it to hunt.
  • Know when to hunt and use your rangefinder for maximum visibility
    You will get better rangefinder functionality if you hunt during dawn or dusk, as compared to the middle of a sunny day.
  • Use the rangefinder on more “reflective” objects
    This means use your rangefinder on objects that allow you to see it better. Use it on a tree trunk, near a n oak tree where you know deer will feed on the acorns for example, to help better your distance judgment.
  • Know your surroundings
    It’s imperative that you know about everything around you, not only the weather, but know that other elements (such as snow on the ground, wet grass, etc.) can cause problems with your range finding abilities. For these times, you can increase your chances by choosing to range solid objects above the levels where environmental issues may cause visibility problems of your rangefinder.
  • Don’t just pick the lowest or highest price rangefinder
    Make sure that the rangefinder you choose is optimal for what you need it for. If you’re bow hunting, choose one that’s dedicated for that. If you’re rifle hunting, then use one optimized for rifle hunting. This will ensure that you hit your target more often than not.
  • Have a way to put your rangefinder aside quickly
    Should you need to raise your gun or bow fast. Many times, even in the blink of an eye, an animal can detect you, and you need to be able to have a way to “drop” your rangefinder without actually making a sound or without actually dropping it.
  • Get a rangefinder that includes angle compensation
    Many rangefinders have this feature which will help you when you’re in a more elevated (or less elevated) area from your target. With angle compensation, you can ensure that you get a more precise measurement when up a hill or tree from your target, as compared to one that doesn’t have this feature.
  • Make sure your rangefinder is waterproof
    Many times, you’ll be hunting in weather where there is moisture, from rain to snow, and more often than not, you will be hunting where there are puddles, pools, and even just very wet ground. Make sure your rangefinder has a waterproof case.
  1. Use scanning mode for animals on the run
    When you’re using your rangefinder, there are numerous times when what you are hunting will be on the move. They may not be sprinting, but even when walking, the scan mode on your rangefinder will help you be able to follow your target easily.
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