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Get the Most Out of Your Rangefinder

Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W Rangefinder (Photo courtesy of Leupold)
Leupold RX-1600i TBR/W Rangefinder (Photo courtesy of Leupold)

Archery legend Randy Ulmer gives his thoughts on today's high-tech rangefinders – and what you need to look out for before the season begins

Some of the most expensive rangefinders available today aren’t accurate enough to be functional for bowhunters.

Let me explain: Let’s say a rangefinder is off by three yards. If you’re a rifle hunter, it really doesn’t matter if your rangefinder tells you the distance is 200 yards when the distance is actually 203 yards. You’ll still hit the deer in the vitals.

However, if you’re a bowhunter and your rangefinder reads 50 yards when the actual distance is 53 yards, you might be in trouble.

This is especially true if you are using a less-than-speedy bow. Theoretically, under the circumstances just described, you could miss the mark by as much as seven inches at 50 yards – even if you make a perfect shot.

However, if you happen to bobble low at the instant of the shot, you could completely miss a deer-sized target.

Because there are so many more rifle hunters than bowhunters, most manufacturers design their rangefinding products with firearm hunters in mind. This is where bowhunters often get short changed.

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