We’ll start this review with an obvious reason owing to which you have landed here. You are looking for the best rangefinder for bow hunting and we are here to make it happen. After reviewing numerous brands and products we were able to list only 10 product that meet our criteria better than the rest.
Why do you need a rangefinder for bow hunting?
For thousands of years now, men have adopted the Bow Hunting as their primary method of hunting. Back in the days, one had to be an expert and very skill-full in not only using/ handling the bow but also understanding the hunting dynamics, the range phenomenon, and also utilizing their guess work so much so that a hunt was made possible with precision.
Now, it’s all made simple with the advent of the rangefinders in the outdoor gadgets industry. That being said, no doubt the bow hunting experience has been revolutionized and made simple. But that also doesn’t mean picking the right rangefinder that supports your hunting skills is easy, given the number of brands and dozens of products from each product.
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Our Top Picks
Vortex Optics Impact 1000
Bushnell Bone Collector
Best Rangefinder for Bow Hunting
This is a dedicated article for the bow hunting rangefinders, you can also consider these for archery rangefinders. Our team has tried its best in extensively testing dozens of brands and their products. We can say it with complete confidence that our buck stopped on these 10 rangefinders that we are very proud to disclose to you.
The article also contains best rangefinder for archery. Basically, every rangefinder that can be used for bow hunting can also be used for archery.
List of the top rangefinders for bow hunting
|Model||Magnification||Range||Battery||Price on Amazon|
|Vortex Optics Impact 1000||6x||1000 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|TecTecTec ProWild 2||6x||540 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|HALO XL600-8||6x||600 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|Bushnell Bone Collector Cam_202208||4x||600 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|Nikon Arrow ID 3000||6x||550 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|Wosports 07 Hunting||6x||700 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|AOFAR HX-700N||6x||700 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|Gogogo Sport Vpro 6X||6x||1200 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|Laserworks S7||6x||450 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
|Visionking 6×25||6x||650 yards||CR2 (Included)||Price|
1. Vortex Optics Impact Laser Rangefinders
Coming down on the list we have for you an amazing rangefinder from one of the leading brands in the outdoor optic industry. The Vortex Impact 1000 is much more capable and handy then many other brands and rangefinders that come with the same price tag. We are endorsing this rangefinder for bow hunting as well as for archery.
Talking about the stats the gadget comes with an adjustable diopter that can be rotated to get desired focus and achieve your choice of image quality. It has a magnification of 6x and the ranging power is same as its name, around 1000 yards. It is a very accurate device that performs the very purpose it was built to perform with maximum accuracy.
Moreover, the device has a red display that makes it super easy for you to read the info/ readings. Also, it is a very durable gadget that not only is waterproof but also shockproof. Hence, using it in rain and under lousy weather conditions is not an issue.
Furthermore, this cool gear comes packed with plenty of features and modes i.e. the HCD mode (Horizontal Component Distance), the LOS Mode (Line of Sight), and the Scan Mode. The HCD is an ideal mode for majority of the hunters/ shooters. The LOS provides you the distance to the targets far away from you. Finally, the scan mode triggers the continuous scanning to not only get readings of a static target/ object but you can also use it to get readings of a moving target. Impressed?? We bet you are.
Above all, the range finder works exceptionally well in low light conditions. So, dawn or dusk, light or dark, cloudy or sunny you can continue with the hunt like a pro.
The best thing about vortex products is the warranty the company is offering. If you break the device the company will repair it for you for free, If the device somehow stops working then the company will send you a new device that too for free.
For an in-depth review of the impact 1000 please click here.
2. TecTecTec ProWild 2 High Accuracy Rangefinder
Tectectec is a big name when it comes to the outdoor optics industry. The rangefinder we are reviewing now is ProWild2 and is also from tectectec.
As per the stats, this gear comes with a 6x magnification and the range it is capable of going up to is around 540 yards with accuracy.
The gear can bear some wear and tear as it is durable and water-resistant as well. It has an ultra-clear multilayered optics that means the display will be amazing, bright and clear. Not only is it light weight and compact but also it comes packed with modes and features that make your hunting experience easy, precise, and memorable.
Above all the complete package includes a wrist strap, a micro-fiber scratch less cleaning cloth, a protective case with magnetic closure, a CR2 battery that should last a good amount of time.
3. HALO XL600-8 Hunting Range Finder
Next on list is the Halo XL600-8 bow hunting rangefinder. An amazing gadget to take along, on your next hunting journey.
The device comes with a 6x magnification and a range of 600 yards as the name itself suggests. It has an ergonomic design and has a non-slip grip that makes it really easy to carry and handle it.
Moreover, the rangefinder not only has the ability to measure the accurate elevated distance to objects as it has angle intelligence but also with a simple click of the button it measures distance to multiple targets at different yardages owing to the availability of the scan mode on board.
Finally, the gear comes with a lens cloth, a lanyard, and a CR2 battery to power it up.
For a dedicated article on best halo rangefinders please visit here.
4. Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Bone Collector Cam_202208
Coming down to our list we have Bone Collector Cam_202208 from the tech giant Bushnell. It is a product that has been extensively put into test initially by the company and later on by our team.
The rangefinder is beautifully designed, and is durable enough to last some wear and tear. It displays the accurate distance up to a range of 600 yards and has a 4x magnification. The minimum ranging distance is 10 yards. We are endorsing it for bow hunting and archery. This device is specifically designed for hunting, that’s all it knows and that’s all it does.
You would want a rangefinder, or be it any outdoor product, to be lightweight and compact to be carried around easily and be handled with comfort. That’s exactly what you will get with this product. It is compact, lightweight, has Realtree Xtra camo pattern, is rugged, and rainproof and above all, the device has ultra-clear optics.
For an in depth review of this product please visit bushnell bone collector review.
5. Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 3000 Bowhunting
Coming down, we have a rangefinder from Nikon. Under review is the Arrow ID 3000 and needless to say it is one fine rangefinder that made us include it in our list of the top 10 best rangefinder for bow hunting owing to its fine quality and bundle of features.
According to the stats, this device has 6x magnifications and the maximum distance it can range up to is 550 yards while minimum distance being 6 yards.
The device has a very ergonomic design, is lightweight and compact. So, it fits your hand and pocket perfectly and is super portable.
Talking about the best of features of this gear, it has the Nikon’s advanced Incline and decline technology that measures distances to the objects at elevated surfaces. Also, it comes with an incredibly long eye relief that makes it easy to see and use the screen while ranging for targets.
Finally, the device has a very innovative feature called the Tru-Target Technology. It has two sub-modes, the First target priority mode and the distant target priority mode. What the Tru-Target Technology does is that it enables you to choose either of the two modes whenever you want. The device is water-resistant and rainproof and the company is offering two years of warranty.
6. Wosports 07 Hunting Range Finder
Wosports 07 hunting rangefinder is a versatile performer across the board but, here we are endorsing it for the bow hunting. Although we believe it may not be the best rangefinder on our list but one sure can expect it to serve the very purpose the company claims it to serve and that is, providing support in your hunting.
The device comes with a 6x magnification and it ranges up to a distance of around 700 yards. This is probably the cheapest rangefinder that we have reviewed or included in our list of the top 10s till date and yet it comes with plenty of features that one expects in pricy rangefinders. Although, these features wouldn’t be as refined, precise and accurate as the ones in a premium rangefinder but we are just saying, having these features on board is a big thing in itself.
The device comes with a continuous scan mode which gets triggered once you hold down the power button as you aim towards your target. It shows live data of your target spontaneously on your LCD.
We would like to add one more thing here; this gear is not designed for lousy weather conditions. So, when the weather goes south on you it is better to not use it as the rain and fog will affect the measurements.
7. AOFAR HX-700N Hunting Range Finder
Next on our list of the top 10 best rangefinder for bow hunting is the Aofar HX-700. We highly recommend this gadget for bow hunting and archery.
The rangefinder made it up to our list because it not only is affordable but also has plenty of useful features, i.e. the 6x magnification, auto shut-off feature, continuous scan mode, and is lightweight and super easy to carry around.
We have already reviewed this rangefinder in one of our articles, to read the complete review please jump on to this Aofar HX-700N detailed review.
8. Gogogo Sport Vpro 6X Hunting Laser Rangefinder
Coming down to our list we have Gogogo Sport Vpro 6x that is a versatile rangefinder and performs well in more than one areas. But, that being said we are recommending this rangefinder for bowhunting.
The rangefinder comes with a 6x magnification and it ranges up to 1200 yards distance. It comes with a fully multi coated optic lens that produces brighter and clearer image by improving the light transmission and decreasing the reflected light.
Moreover, the slope feature works really fine and measures the elevated distances to the targets for both incline and the decline. Along with the linear distance and slope adjusted distance it also show the deviation angle. The device is very lightweight and has an adjustable. You can rotate the diopter to get desired focus and clear image.
Along with the rangefinder you get 1 CR2 battery to power it up, a microfiber cleaning cloth that cleans the gadget without making any scratches, a carrying bag, a strap, and 1 year warranty from the company.
9. Laserworks S7 Rangefinder for Hunting
Next on list is the Laserworks S7 rangefinder for bow hunting. We’ll be looking at this gadget from top to bottom and will discuss its highlighting features which made us include it in our list of the best rangefinder for bow hunting.
The device comes with a 6x magnification and the ranging distance it has is 1000 yards to the trees and 450 yards to the deer. It comes with an ergonomic design and also has a non slip rubber grip that makes it super easy to handle/ use/ carry. Also, it is durable and water-resistant which means it can endure some wear and tear. Hence, taking it along in the wilderness or anywhere for that matter and using it in slight rain (not too heavy rain as it is not 100% water immune) shouldn’t be an issue.
Moreover, it not only measures distance to multiple targets on a straight line but also works perfectly for targets at an elevated angle, it doesn’t matter if they are on an inclined surface or on a decline. You can adjust diopter on this thing, rotate it to suit your choice of image view.
Furthermore, the rangefinder can measure in both yards and meters and you can easily switch between the both. The complete package includes an S7-1200 rangefinder, a CR2 battery, a user manual, neck and wrist strap, a micro-fiber cleaning cloth for lens, and a soft pouch.
10. Visionking 6×25 Rangefinder Hunting
Last on our list is the Visionking rangefinder for bow hunting. Lets get straight to the features now.
The device comes with a 6x magnification and it ranges up to a distance of 650 yards. It has the ability to measure and provide the reading in both yards and meters and you can switch between the two units by pressing and holding down the mode button for more than 3 seconds.
It would have been better if the device had a red display as you need some backlight in order to read the measurements. If the ranging target has small objects such as the branches or leaves then there is a chance that the readings you will get are probably compromised and not 100% accurate. But, as far as the objects in the line of sight matter or lets say in a clearer view it works perfectly.
Moreover, the range finder comes with continuous scanning mode to range and measure distance to multiple targets. It is lightweight and also water-resistant.
The complete package has a rangefinder, a carrying pouch, a case and lanyard, a micro-fiber cleaning cloth for the lens, and a quick start guide.
Thing you need to consider before buying a rangefinder for bow hunting and archery.
Rangefinders have been designed to serve a lot of purposes, i.e. golf, different types of hunting, long range shooting, etc. When it comes to the buying guide, the things you should be looking for vary depending up on the purpose you need the rangefinder for and also the budget you want it in.
This article is dedicated to bow hunting rangefinders, and when we say that we mean archery as well. Now lets get straight in to the things you should be looking for in an archery rangefinder.
This sure is one of the best features any bow hunter or archer can get in a rangefinder. Having angle calculation feature on-board helps improving your hunting experience big time.
With this feature you are not only provided with the angle of the aimed target/ object but also get the angle adjusted distance to that target/ object.
What you need to understand about the range of a rangefinder is that its not always what the company claims it to be. See, the thing is company claims the range under the perfect and most suitable/ ideal situations and how often do you think you get the ideal most conditions out in the wilderness?? Very rare right? Hence, lets look at it with a bit more realistic prism.
Coming to the part where we discuss the range of a bow hunting rangefinder. Since you are here for either the best archery rangefinder or the bow hunting one, in either of the aforementioned cases if you are getting a 300 yards to 450 yards of range than that should be more than enough for you.
But there is one more thing we want you to understand. Although, range of 1000 yards doesn’t concern you/ your game directly but you’ll be amazed to know that the more the range is the better it performs even for shorter ranges such as 300 yards or 450 yards. Simplifying it for you, even for shorter range a rangefinder having a range of 1000 yards is expected to perform slightly better than a rangefinder having a maximum range of 500 yards.
Its a simple equation, you spend money and get features equivalent to the amount you spent for the purchase of a rangefinder. The best way to go about it is to first decide how much money are you willing to spend, then look for the best archery rangefinders that fall under that price tag.
Good thing is, we have reviewed the rangefinders having dynamic price ranges, from cheapest to slightly pricey. So, regardless of the budget you decide to go for, we have a rangefinder for you in our list of the best rangefinder for bow hunting.
In life we all follow a simple phenomenon, we tend to tilt/ drift towards the trust over anything else, and that is the right approach. It takes time to become a brand and gain trust. People are smart, so if a large number of audience has opted/ vouched for a brand then that means you can too.
Most of the things in a rangefinder are somehow linked to the price either directly or indirectly. Same goes for the features, it is possible that you have same features in a cheap finder as well as in a pricey one. But, if a certain feature is good in a cheap rangefinder then it must be better or at its best in a premium one.
The features you should be looking for in an archery rangefinder include slope adjusted distance, battery should not drain fast and should last for quite a fair amount of time, range should be at-least 300 yards and not below that, the magnification should be 4x or more.
Since you will be taking it to the wilderness as well so it should be able to endure some wear and tear. Also, the screen display should be wide enough for you to easily read it. Display should have clear view and light should be balance neither too bright nor too dull.
You are looking for a rangefinder for archery/ bow hunting so a magnification of 4x or more should do the task excellently. We normally don’t suggest a magnification as low as 4x, as it is not up to the mark for long range shooting, or other methods of hunting or golfing. But, since our primary agenda here is to get a rangefinder for bow hunting so 4x magnification is more than enough.
Out in the wilderness you can never know when things go south on you, obviously its wilderness not our drawing room so things can be a bit harsh at times. Hence, in order to be prepared and eradicate the very possibility of your game/ hunting getting affected by the hard conditions, you should pick a rangefinder that can endure some wear and tear.
The best brands we have selected for you.
Although we had initially listed down several brands for the review but after trying and testing the brands/ products we ended up settling for only these ten.
The brands we have reviewed the products of are Vortex, Tectectec, Halo, Bushnell, Nikon, Wosports, Aofar, Gogogo, Laserworks, and Visionking.
Tips for the Rangefinder
You should try and get familiar with your rangefinder by using it in certain conditions. Try ranging it in different places wherever you get a chance. Why are we suggesting this? Because the more you use it the more you know its limits.
- Protect your rangefinder, keep it in case when you are not using it.
- Learn about the pros and cons of your gear.
- While you are aiming at the target, you can use your rangefinder to know if you have a clear shot.
- Keep the batteries charged if rechargeable.
Most Frequently Asked Questions.
Is there a difference between bow hunting and archery?
Both bow hunting and the archery follow the same general principle, and same technique but different motives. The archery can be for playing the sport/ game or maybe for leisure in order to have a good time, whereas, the bow hunting purely means hunting of animals.
Is it necessary to have a rangefinder for bow hunting?
No it is not necessary to one for archery or bow hunting. But, it is recommended because it can uplift your hunting skills by saving your time from guess work and by swiftly providing you the accurate measurements to the aimed targets.
This article is dedicated to the bow hunting and also to the archery rangefinders. We have tried our best in bringing to you diverse range of options so to make it possible for you to pick the best rangefinder for bow hunting for yourself, it also is the best rangefinder for archery.
We cannot begin to imagine the level of hard work and time it takes for one to go through dozens of brands and several products from each of those brands. That right there is the very reason why our team has taken this burden off your shoulders and have extensively tried and tested numerous brands and products. Needless to mention the rangefinders we are disclosing to you are the ones that met our criteria of selection better than the most.
To help you out in your buying decision we are endorsing two of the products that we found best, the Vortex Optics Impact 1000 and the Bushnell Bone Collector Cam_202208. We have done the best we possible could and are very excited to bring to you this list. So, regardless of which rangefinder you decide to go for, as far as its making your life easy and uplifting your skills we are happy for you. Best of Luck for your next hunt!