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The bow is your weapon of choice and it definitely takes skill to hit your target with the arrow.
When looking for a bow hunting rangefinder, you’ll benefit greatly from angle compensation features that can allow you the flexibility to range in steep and rugged terrain or from a blind.
Ease of use is always a point of focus in bow hunting – you don’t want to miss your prey because you’re fumbling around with equipment when taking the bow outside of target practice to real life hunting.
Below we reveal 6 bow hunting rangefinders that we love for their user-friendliness and extra features.
2020’s Top Bow Hunting Rangefinders
|Vortex Impact 850||
|Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC||
|Vortex Fury HD 10x42||
|Nikon Arrow ID 7000 VR||
6 Best Rangefinders for Bow Hunting in 2020
1. Vortex Impact 850 Laser Rangefinder
The Impact rangefinder will make a big impact on your bow hunt. It’s affordable, high-performing, and made like a lightweight tank.
- HCD mode
- Eye relief
According to a handful of buyers, the Impact cannot acquire readings up to 850 yards. According to most buyers, it does what it says it does. One thing to remember is to steady the rangefinder as much as possible when trying to acquire long distances. The Impact can acquire readings on soft targets as far as 400 yards.
It has fully multi-coated optics, 6x magnification, and a very wide 341 feet FOV. However, the 15 mm of eye relief will be a deal breaker for those who wear glasses and it will be just right for everybody else. It’s very small at 3.8 x 3” in size, and it’s light as a feature at 5.5 oz.
Even though this is an entry-level model at an entry-level price point, it goes above and beyond in providing three distance measuring modes: LOS, HCD, and Scan. HCD is the angle compensation mode so tree stand hunters and bow hunters in unpredictable terrain can still make accurate shots despite steep angles.
Why mess with more features that can prove to be a hindrance in the field? Sure, you could probably use an illuminated reticle, so you’ll miss out on that with this model. But, at this price point, it provides more than what you can ask for.
2. Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder
Another of the best bow hunting rangefinders would have to be the Bushnell Scout DX 1000 with ARC. Bushnell pumps out some pretty decent bow hunting optics. With 1000 yards to range, it’s magnetic attachable system makes it a great bow mounted device to have in your pack.
It also sports E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) technology that gets you precise accuracy within -/+.5 yard. Its three targeting modes: Scan, Bullseye, and Brush allow you to make sure you make quick target acquisition whether it’s right in front of you or hundreds of yards away – even if it’s leaping through a field.
It’s ARC Bow Mode gives you true horizontal distance out to 99 yards which should be plenty far enough to snag your Thanksgiving Day turkey.
3. Vortex Fury HD 10×42 Rangefinder Binocular
When you need magnification and a distance reading on what looks to be an approaching trophy rack, a rangefinder binocular is the order for the day. The Vortex Fury HD is the top of the line rangefinder for the American brand, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to afford it – maybe just a leg.
With HD/ED glass, you’ll have a crystal–clear sight picture to make out fine details on your prey, even with last legal light. Controls are one-sided so you can easily use the binoculars with one hand while you keep your bow ready in the other.
The Fury has a very close focus and a minimum of 10-yard rangefinder readings for bow hunters who like to get as close as possible. Those in tree stands can get an accurate distance to use the right pin or reset the slide for a deer with Vortex’s angle compensating HCD mode.
The Fury HD is ready for long or close range bow hunting. With 10x power, 1000-yard readings to deer, and an illuminated display, you’ll have the best sight picture out in the timber to the plains out West. You don’t need to own or carry multiple equipment for the sake of it, just arm yourself with the Fury.
4. Nikon Arrow ID 7000 VR Rangefinder
For quite a few bucks more in the $300-400 range, you can get yourself a Nikon ARROW ID rangefinder for bow hunting that’ll get you as far as 1000 yards. This unit has slightly more powerful optics at 6X magnification and 21mm objective diameter lenses than the previously mentioned Bushnell rangefinders.
The Arrow has Nikon’s Tru Target technology that enables you to switch between first and distant target priority modes. This means that when you have the bow in hand, you can get accurate distances for the moving rabbit that’s 20 yards from you or the lingering stag that’s 300 yards away.
But the notable feature is the Vibration Reduction technology that is unique to Nikon. This technology works to stabilize your image and reduce shakiness by up to 80%! Trust Nikon to provide ‘unshakeable’ confidence when it comes to rangefinding.
5. AOFAR HX-700N Laser Rangefinder
- 【HIGH PRECISION FUNCTIONAL RANGEFINDER】：Advanced pinsensor technology, 6x magnification, accuracy with ±1 yard.
This is one of the best budget rangefinders in the market for hunters. It’s waterproof, has a camo wrap, and most importantly, it’s accurate.
- 4 Range Modes
- 6x magnification
- 700-yard range
- Defective models
Let’s face it. Not every bow hunter is up in a tree stand using coverage as an advantage. You may be hunting from a blind, or you may have rigged up a hole in the ground, so you don’t cramp out your knees. If you’re hunting from the ground, you may not need fancy angle compensated distances, and if that’s the case, this may be the unit for you.
It’s a simple but sophisticated and well-built rangefinder that has four ranging modes: Range, Scan, Fog, and Speed. Range mode is self-explanatory as it works to acquire the distance of targets that are obscured by brush and the like. Scan mode can be used to pan the field, or it can pull distances off targets that are in front of brush like a pin-finder mode used in golf.
Don’t forget that Fog mode allows you to cut through fog and still acquire a reading, and Speed mode will measure the speed of your fast-moving target.
Most buyers get very accurate results having tested it out prior to taking the HX-700N out on the hunt. However, there have been defective models that don’t turn on or they provide very inaccurate readings that mean ethical issues for the bow hunter. If that’s the case, the rangefinder comes with a 2-year VIP warranty from AOFAR.
It has 6x magnification, 700-yard reading range, weighs 6.3 oz, and is 4.3 x 3 x 1.8” in size. It’s waterproof with an IPX4 rating, and it comes with a bunch of accessories that adds to portability and protection.
Low price. No frills. Performance quality where it should be. Sounds like a great deal.
6. TecTecTec ProWild Rangefinder
- HUNTING LASER RANGEFINDER; Tired of cheap rangefinders with short ranges of measurement? Our PROWILD Laser Rangefinder is a premium product, measuring up to 540 yards...
The ProWild Hunting Rangefinder is the solution when you have a tight budget but you still need something dependable. With a distance range of 5 to 540 yards, it’s the perfect, all-purpose rangefinder for bow hunting and shooting.
It doesn’t sport a bow mount, but that shouldn’t stop you from wielding this fast and fancy gadget. While it has all the usual specs you’d want to see on a laser rangefinder, it also measures the speed of your target. We did already say that this rangefinder is fast right?
The ProWild is very easy to use. Don’t be surprised if you end up ditching the manual to get started because you didn’t need it. “It’s so easy a caveman could it.” With an entry level price tag, this TecTecTec rangefinder has fantastic value! Why get more complicated or expensive than this?
What to Look for in a Bow Hunting Rangefinder
When it comes to finding a rangefinder that’s specific for bow hunting, there’s a few custom features that you’ll want to look out for. You mightn’t need a rangefinder with extreme yardage distance, but you may want angle compensation. You mightn’t need an LED display for illumination, but you may want a scan mode. In the same manner, you might also want a special bow mount to have your rangefinder in your sights every time you nock that arrow. Without further ado, let’s narrow down on the bull’s-eye to make every nocked arrow worth the shot!
- Coatings: Any coatings that improve light transmission and/or weather, scratch, and debris resistance is a bonus.
- Distance: For bow hunting only, you don’t need extreme yardage distances. If you’ll also be rifle shooting with the same unit, look for longer distance rangefinders.
- Durability: You definitely want to look for a fully armored body for ultimate protection. Accidental drops down rocky terrain and from tree blinds happen all the time.
- Angle Compensation: Addressing the angles takes geometry, incline/decline, and height into consideration. You only need basic math skills if you have an angle compensating rangefinder.
- Additional bow features: Look for features that specifically cater to bow hunters to negotiate obstacles. That twig, brush, or deflective vegetation can make or break an entire hunting season. Ex. Bushnell’s ClearShot.
Stand, Kneel, Duck, or Pass!
Getting a precise measurement on the hide of your game can be a tricky maneuver, especially if you’re in a tree stand. Instead, range your landmarks and use every appropriate feature to predict your target’s movements. If you’ve gotta take a few steps back, kneel, or duck, to get that clean shot, do it.
Understanding your bow hunting rangefinders shortcomings and keeping your measuring skills sharp is what will have you filling your tag every hunting season. A quality rangefinder is only as useful as the hands who have mastered all its bow hunting features!