The Best Range Finders for Hunting

By Kristen May , last updated January 17, 2012

When you are out hunting, having one of the best rangefinders with you helps keep you from messing up that perfect opportunity. When you know exactly how far away your prey is, you can compensate for the distance when shooting so your bullet or arrow arrives on target. Most of the top rangefinders use laser technology that measures how long it takes the laser beam to get to the prey. Choose one of these top options to ensure that you know how far your prey is and can make the best possible shot.

Bushnell Legend 1200 ARC Bow and Rifle Modes Laser Rangefinder

This laser rangefinder is like two products in one because it gives you output based either on bow hunting or rifle hunting, depending on the setting you choose. When you are hunting with a bow, the rangefinder tells you exactly what horizontal distance the target is. When you need information for a rifle, the rangefinder lets you know where to hold the scope to get the perfect shot. It also has Angle Range Compensation features that will let you know what you need to do if you are uphill or downhill from your prey. The rangefinder is accurate to within a yard on any distance of up to 1,200 yards, so it should meet all of your hunting needs. In addition, it has a waterproof casing and technology to help it resist fogging up in humid weather.

Nikon RifleHunter 550 MAX-1 Camouflage

When you only hunt with a rifle, this rangefinder from Nikon is a great choice. Its camouflaged exterior helps keep you from getting spotted by a reflection off a shiny surface while you are using it, and the six times magnification helps you see prey at a distance. The rangefinder can tell you within 1/2 yard how close your target is if it is less than 100 yards away. And although it only guarantees accuracy of within a yard for targets closer than 550 yards, it will measure the distance to targets as far away as 733 yards. One of the major strengths of this rangefinder is that it works even on very small targets that are far away. Plus, it is very easy to use, so you can get a measurement before you lose your prey.

Leupold RX-1000 TBR Digital Laser Rangefinder

One more great option to consider is this digital rangefinder from Leupold. This one has a range of 1,000 yards and a very compact design, so you can fit it into a pocket easily. It has seven settings for use with a rifle and three for use with a bow, so you can be sure you are getting the right measurement for your equipment and hunting style. One of the perks of this rangefinder is that it has optical magnification to six times regular size to help you track your prey through the scope, and it continually updates the range as you move with your prey. The display has plenty of settings and a prominent battery indicator so you will always know when to replace the battery.

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