pick­ing an archery rangefinder

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

RANGEFIND­ERS FOR BOWHUNT­ING don’t re­quire lasers that reach to dis­tant hori­zons, and they don’t need a li­brary of bul­let bal­lis­tics. In­stead, they need to have ac­cu­rate an­gle-com­pen­sat­ing soft­ware to com­pute the true dis­tance to a tar­get that might be at an ex­treme an­gle to the shooter—say, a deer be­low a hunter in a tree­stand. The other key at­tribute of an archery rangefinder is what is called last- or far-tar­get pri­or­ity mode. This fea­ture tells the rangefinder to re­port the far­thest of a series of dis­tance read­ings. For a bowhunter rang­ing a deer through a screen of leaves and limbs, for ex­am­ple, the last-tar­get func­tion should mea­sure the dis­tance to the deer, not to the dis­tract­ing clut­ter. Far-tar­get mode is also use­ful when hunt­ing in mist or rain. Archery rangefind­ers should have pre­cise close-tar­get sen­si­tiv­ity—cer­tainly in­side 10 yards—with read­ings dis­played in frac­tions of yards. Look for units with fairly low mag­ni­fi­ca­tion (in the 5X and 6X range) with a dimmable red LED dis­play that is easy to see in a dark or clut­tered en­vi­ron­ment.

Shoot­ing ed­i­tor John B. Snow test­ing the Full­draw2’s scan mode.

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