What Is A Bow Rangefinder?

So, you may be asking yourself – what is a bow rangefinder, and why do I need it? Well, let me tell you why.

Archery is a gift that requires great reflexes, strength, and precision – but to master it, you need raw input. Your skill as an archer is dictated by your ability to perceive your environment, and act upon what little input you get back from your inquisitions – but just how deeply you can inquire on your surroundings is entirely dependent on your own, limited senses.

A bow rangefinder is designed to be a complete, portable package with which any and every archer can do a better job at doing what it is they do best – hit their mark, every time.


Leupold Bow Rangefinder, a quite famous brand

The first and most obvious perk of a bow rangefinder is its lens. You need to see your target to shoot it, and while we’ve got pretty good eyes (better than cats, but way, way worse than eagles), they’re not exactly good enough to ensure we get the best input before notching the arrow and letting it loose.

Vision is the primary sense you’ll be working with when using a bow – so it’s your most important one. One thing to definitely look for in bow rangefinders is their magnification level – some rangefinders might help you see thrice, or four times as far, while others will take your sight as far as 30 times. Now, you’ll most likely not need that level of magnification with a bow (that’s more of a hunting rifle binoculars sort of thing), but a certain level should be expected.


Rangefinder Magnification Level

  • To Better Shoot With

A bow rangefinder is much more than a light, glorified scope – its primary use is to check the range between you and your prey, and in addition, help you calculate how much of an angle you need to hit something. The further away your prey is, the higher you need to aim to make up for the arrow’s drop over distance – and even an experienced archer needs to know exactly how far his or her prey is before confidently loosening an arrow into the air.

Some archers complain that using a bow rangefinder dulls a hunter’s senses, and teaches them to rely on their tools rather than their skills – but the key is in using the tool, without letting it use you. There are limits to our general physical ability, and a simple piece of technology will let us get past our senses.

  • To Better Save With

Saving money and time is another aspect to consider when wondering what a bow rangefinder is, and whether or not this contraption has any use for you. To put it bluntly, notching an arrow and watching it hit its target is a miniscule fraction of a hunt – the rest involves actually tracking and following your target, and rangefinders cut out a lot of time by helping you determine a good shot that you might’ve not taken without the extra input.

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