Welcome to our article about the best rangefinder for bow hunting! Let’s go through a quick introduction about why you might want to consider a rangefinder for your next bow hunting expedition, before getting into the pros and cons of our top 6 models.
Best Bow Hunting Rangefinder – Introduction
A rangefinder is a device that can help hunters measure the distance between a target and themselves so that they can optimise their aim before firing.
Bowhunting rangefinders allow you to view your target without having to get closer physically and possibly frighten it away. They usually have a maximum range of 800 yards to 1 mile, which means you don’t have to be close to your target at all to make accurate shots.
Some high-end rangefinders are so good they might even be able to replace binoculars because of their higher magnification and wider field of vision, providing deadly accuracy and giving you 2 advantages for the price of 1.
There are a lot of rangefinders on the market, so to make it easy for you, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 10 rangefinders that are specifically suitable for bowhunting.
We’ve also included models from every price range, so no matter what your budget it, you should be able to find the right one for you below.
The Best Bow Hunting Rangefinders Are:
- Wosports Hunting Rangefinder
- Gogogo Sport VPro Laser Hunting Rangefinder
- TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder
- Halo XL450 Rangefinder
Between $100 and $300
- Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Bone Collector
- Bushnell Prime 1300 Laser Rangefinder
- Vortex Optics Impact 1000 Laser Rangefinder
- Leupold RX-Fulldraw 3 Rangefinder
- Vortex Optics Ranger 1800 Laser Rangefinder
- Leupold RX-Fulldraw 4 Rangefinder
Out of the list above, here are our most recommended rangefinders from each price range!
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If you want to quickly choose a rangefinder, we recommend opting for the ones above. We found each model above to have the best quality and value for money in it’s respective price range.
Now let’s get into the pros and cons of each individual rangefinder.
Price Range: Under $100
WOSPORTS Hunting Range Finder
The Wosports Hunting Range Finder is a multi-function laser rangefinder suitable for not only bowhunting, but also golfing, target archery, and 3D shooting. This makes it a great option for those who do lots of activities that they might need a rangefinder for.
It measures 1.97” x 0.79” x 1.57” and weighs 9.6 oz. It has 6x magnification, a 7-degree field of view, and a maximum range of 5 to 700 yards.
It is powered by a single CR2-3V battery with a measuring time of 0.5 to 1 second.
It accurately measures distances from 5 to 700 yards with flagpole locking up to 150 yards and is equipped with a golf mode and a scan mode.
It also has a lightweight, weatherproof, non-slip, and extremely durable design, making it suitable for use in any outdoor conditions.
This is the most affordable rangefinder reviewed in this article. At well under $100, it’s accuracy, durability and functionality is outstanding for the price.
For those on a tight budget, the Wosports hunting rangefinder is our #1 recommended model for bowhunters in this price range.
Gogogo Sport Vpro Laser Hunting Rangefinder
The Gogogo Sport Vpro Laser Hunting Rangefinder is packed with advanced features yet priced very competitively.
It measures 4.17” x 1.57” x 2.83” and weighs 6.49 oz. It has a measuring time of 0.5 to 3 seconds, a field of view of 7 degrees, and 6x magnification. Its maximum distance range is 5 – 650/900 yards.
It comes with 3 modes, depending on the application:
- The Scan Mode is for measuring all objects within its scope of 5 to 900 yards.
- The Golf Mode has a 170-yard pin seeker range, a 350-yard flag-lock, and slope distance correction.
- The Speed Mode has a 20 to 300 km/h range of speed, perfect for hunting fast-moving prey.
We like all the different modes this rangefinder can offer – it makes it a great option for those who enjoy golf as well as hunting, and want a rangefinder that is suitable for both.
We also found this rangefinder to be simple and easy to use, and really liked that it came with a sturdy case.
We think the Gogogo Sport Vpro is another quality yet affordable rangefinder that does the job well.
TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder
The TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder is an affordable, crystal clear rangefinder perfect for bow and rifle hunting.
It measures 4″ x 2.8″ x 1.6″ and weighs 6.5 oz. It has a magnification of 6 x 24 mm objective lens with a maximum range of 10 to 540 yards with +/- 1 yard accuracy.
It runs on a single CR2 3V battery and has an energy-saving feature that shuts the device off after a few seconds of inactivity.
This rangefinder has a polished camo design on a water- and dust-resistant body. It also has an easy-to-read lens display that provides distance, speed, and battery status continuously.
We were impressed with the optics on this rangefinder, and how clean and simple it is to use. Another gem at an affordable price.
Halo XL450 Range Finder
The Halo XL450-7 Rangefinder is a handy rangefinder that may be the hunter’s ultimate gadget for success.
It measures 6” x 5” x 3” and weighs 7.2 oz. It has 6x magnification and a maximum range of up to 450 yards with a +/- 1 yard accuracy.
It has a water-resistant and ergonomic non-slip grip design. It is powered by a CR2 battery that lasts a substantially long time because of the rangefinder’s auto-off feature after about 20 seconds of inactivity.
The feature we liked the best in the Halo XL450 is its Angle Intelligence Technology, which enables you to compensate for slopes and inclines, helping you make clean shots even in rough and uneven terrain.
As such, this rangefinder is our pick for bowhunters who often hunt in mountainous or hilly areas.
Price Range: $100 to $300
Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Bone Collector
We found the Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Bone Collector to have incredibly high quality optics and clarity for a rangefinder of it’s price range.
It measures 3” x 5” x 5.5” and weighs 7.2 oz. It has a magnification of 4X 21 mm objective lens and has a maximum range of 10 to 600 yards with +/- 1 yard accuracy.
It is powered by a CR2 9V lithium battery, a feature that sets it one notch higher against its rivals as most of them run on just 3V.
It features a water-resistant, lightweight, and compact construction in a Realtree Xtra camouflage scheme designed to blend into any environment.
Bushnell Prime 1300 Laser Rangefinder
The Bushnell Prime 1300 Laser Rangefinder has a unique two-lens system typically found in more expensive, high end rangefinders, making it excellent value for money.
It measures a very compact 1” x 1” x 1” and weighs a mere 5.96 oz. It is equipped with 6x magnification, 2x light transmission, and a laser diode powerful enough to give you far yet precise distance measurements.
It comes with a standard all-glass optical system with an objective lens that is fully multi-coated and 40% larger than standard models to give you more detailed views.
However, it’s best feature in our opinion is the ARC or Angle Range Compensation Technology, which enhances accuracy on uphill and downhill targeting, making it perfect for hunting in hilly or mountainous areas.
Vortex Optics Impact 1000 Laser Rangefinder
The Vortex Optics Impact 1000 Laser Rangefinder is a high quality, intuitive gadget and our top pick for bowhunters in this price range.
It is 3.8” in length, 1.4” in width, and weighs 5.5 oz. It has a 6x magnification and a field of view of 341 feet @ 1000 yds at 6.5 degrees. Its maximum range is 500 yards to 1,000 yards with +/- 1 yard accuracy.
It features HCD or Horizontal Component Distance technology, a unique angle-compensating system that provides the crucial ranging data bow and rifle hunters need to make precise shots.
It also has a high tech scan feature that allows you to range moving and/or small targets, which we love for two reasons.
Firstly, it means that you don’t have to wait for your target to stop moving before you can take aim, and secondly, it greatly enhances accuracy on small prey such as rabbits or squirrels.
It is equipped with tough O-ring seals that make it waterproof and resistant to dust and debris that can otherwise affect its performance.
Considering the functionality of the Vortex Impact 1000 compared to it’s price, for those who want to invest a little bit more into their rangefinder, this is the one we recommend!
Price Range: $300 to $500
Leupold RX-FullDraw 3 Rangefinder
The Leupold RX-FullDraw 3 rangefinder was designed to give bowhunters exceptional accuracy whether it be over short or long distances, meaning that you’ll be able to make accurate shots no matter how close your target is.
It measures 4” x 1.3” x 2.5” and weighs 7 oz. It has 6x magnification and a field of view of 315’ @ 1000 yards at 6 degrees. Its maximum range is from 900 yards up to 1,300 yards.
It is equipped with 2 impressive features;
- Bow mode, which calculates the distance and angle of a shot, very similar to ballistics, to provide excellent accuracy during uphill and downhill shooting
- Trophy Scale, which can indicate the size of the animal in the rangefinder’s view so that you can ensure you’re targeting correctly.
This rangefinder is a great option for experienced, enthusiastic bowhunters who regularly go hunting and want that extra edge while out in the field.
Vortex Optics Ranger 1800 Laser Rangefinder
The Vortex Optics Ranger 1800 Laser Rangefinder is a simple yet high-performing rangefinder, and was voted our top model for bowhunters not only in this price range, but in this article overall.
It measures 3.9” long, 3” wide, and weighs 7.7 oz. It has 6x magnification, a field of view of 315 feet @ 1000 yards at a 6-degree angle.
Its maximum range is 10 – 1,800 yards at +/- 3 yards @ 1000 yards accuracy, which is one of the longest ranges we’ve come across in our testing and research, making it excellent for long distance hunting.
It is equipped with a horizontal component distance mode just like all the Vortex optics, but it also has a Line of Sight or LOS mode that shows the precise line of sight, and a scan system that shows distance data continuously as you sweep across a landscape while tracking your target.
All of this means that you can accurately measure and shoot no matter where your target is in relation to you (and even if it’s moving!) as the rangefinder will compensate for any effects that elevation or angles would otherwise have.
The multi-coated lenses, waterproof o-ring seals, 3 brightness settings and adjustable utility clip combine to make this not only a clear, easy to use, and easy to transport rangefinder, but also the best rangefinder we’ve reviewed in this article.
If you have the money to invest, we recommend the Ranger 1800 as the best rangefinder for bowhunters overall.
Leupold RX-FullDraw 4 Rangefinder
The Leupold RX-FullDraw 4 is a rangefinder packed with features and software that is so high tech, it puts it at the high end of the rangefinder market.
It measures 3.8” x 1.4” x 3” and weighs 7.5 oz. It has 6x magnification and a field of view of 315 ft @ 100 yds. Its maximum range is 1,200 yards with a 0.5-yard accuracy.
Its most excellent features include:
- Archer’s Advantage ballistics software that calculates steep angles and long distances using the weight, velocity, and peep height of your arrow
- Flight Path system that shows the highest point of your arrow’s flight, and a 3-reticle option to give you confidence on those tight shots.
These features not only increase the accuracy of your shooting immensely, but also make this rangefinder great for beginners who can use the information this rangefinder provides to not only learn how to set up their aim properly, but to also start shooting accurately right from the get-go.
If you regularly go out bowhunting and are into high tech gadgets, you will really enjoy owning this rangefinder.
Best Bow Hunting Rangefinder – Conclusion
We hope that this article has been helpful in clarifying the best rangefinders available for bowhunters. As you can see, it’s not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on a rangefinder as there are a lot of affordable models on the market that offer incredible accuracy, quality and durability.
However, if you do have the money and would like to invest in a high tech rangefinder, the extra features can improve your shooting accuracy immensely.
Ultimately, the right choice for you will come down to the functionality that you want, and your budget!
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About The Author:
Hi! I’m Will Scott, the author of this post. I’m an outdoor enthusiast with over 10 years experience. I love trying out new gear and reviewing it so that other adventurers can get the most out of their experiences. I hope you’ve found my website informative, educational and helpful.