Learn More About Hunting Rangefinders
A rangefinder can be an invaluable tool on the hunt, letting you know the exact distance to your target. At Field & Stream, you’ll find top- performing rangefinders for your hunting tradition, whether you prefer bow hunting, rifle hunting or both. Choose from premier brands like Leupold®, Nikon®, Bushnell® and more.
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It will help to understand the following terms to make sure you get the rangefinder that’s right for you:
- Magnification: Basically, this is amount of times an image is magnified through the rangefinder. A magnification around 6x or 7x is perfectly adequate.
- Measurement Range: This describes the maximum distance at which the rangefinder can focus on an object. However, the maximum distance listed usually pertains to perfect conditions—it could be significantly less if the conditions are tough (very bright, rainy, humid, etc.). Consider your hunting conditions and type of hunting. Typically, you’ll be able to spot deer at no less than 75 percent of the maximum measurement range; if the max range is 1,000 yards, for instance, you should be able to focus on a deer at 750 yards despite the conditions.
- Angular Compensation: One of the most useful features of a rangefinder is its ability to compensate for shots across uneven terrain or from unusual angles—like a shot from a treestand. Most rangefinders come with this technology, though it will be called different things depending on the manufacturer. Simply put, make sure your rangefinder has this feature, and don’t be shy about using it in the field