Rangefinders: A Hunter’s Best Friend

by Justin on August 29, 2008

Buckmasters Tip of the Week: Range finders: A Hunter’s Best Friend

In recent years, the proliferation of the laser range finder has given hunters a tremendous tool to hunt more responsibly and increase their success. Laser range finders give hunters previously unheard-of ability to accurately measure distance to ranges of a half mile or more. This allows all hunters, whether they shoot rifle, bow or muzzle loader, to determine if an animal is in range.

With practice and knowledge of a particular weapon’s trajectory, shot placement should be more accurate, producing quicker, cleaner harvests. When employed by a responsible hunter, a rangefinder should greatly reduce the chances of wounding and losing game.

Another benefit of using a range finder is that, with practice, the hunter will learn to judge distance better without it. This will aid when shots need to be made quickly and there is no time to employ the device.

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I think the last paragraph sums it up. Use one and get good at predicting range so you do not need it. One thing less to carry out into the woods. Oh, and I think if range finders are a hunters best friend then their hunting dog comes in a very close second 🙂

4 comments… read them below or add one

Steve August 30, 2008 at 9:31 am

I wonder if anyone uses a range finder for decoy sets when hunting waterfowl. I used to measure my farthest, comfortable range by putting a single goose decoy out about forty yards from the blind and then my duck set-up in closer. It was always a guess and rarely accurate. But then, neither was I…



Matt September 4, 2008 at 8:54 pm

You make a great point about these devices helping hunters take more responsible shots. Even if you don’t have a range finder, it’s a good idea to borrow one if you can and take ranges from your favorite stands to various landmarks. That’s what I do, since I can’t afford one at the moment.


Cory Glauner September 25, 2008 at 7:46 am

You’re right, rangefinders are truly a bowhunters best friend. I use mine all the time. By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday.

Cory Glauner’s last blog post..More Idaho Bull


Brandon Cox June 12, 2016 at 10:10 pm

I definitely agree with you!
Thanks for your sharing thought


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