picking an archery rangefinder
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.