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The Best Laser Rangefinder for Bow Hunting (Top 6 you will love)

A laser rangefinder is a nifty little tool that I use to correctly read the true distance of my game from my treestand or ground blind. This is especially important if I’m aiming at targets at farther distances, since it’s usually harder to make accurate shots without some sort of visual aid.

There are a lot of different rangefinders out there, but are all of them reliable? Here are my top 6 best laser rangefinders for bow hunting, plus some quick tips on how to pick the right model for you.

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Best Laser Rangefinders Comparison Table

Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC 4x20mm Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder with Clear Shot

Editor’s Pick

Nikon 8397 ACULON AL11 Laser RangefinderBushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder, Realtree Xtra Camo, 20mmTecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder - 6x24 Laser Range Finder for Hunting with Speed, Scan and...Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 Laser RangefinderLeupold RX-850i TBR with DNA Digital Laser Rangefinder, Black/Grey

Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC

Nikon 8397 ACULON AL11

Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition

TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder

Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinders

Leupold RX-850i TBR

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$239.99from $154.99 $117.30 $99.99 from $249.99 $259.99

Magnification

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850 yd

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Last update on 2019-04-23 PST – Details

Quick NavigationBest Laser Rangefinders Comparison TableHow to Pick the Right Laser Rangefinder for Bow HuntingLaser Rangefinder for Bow Hunting Reviews1. Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC Review2. Nikon 8397 ACULON AL11 Laser Rangefinder Review3. Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition Review4. TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder Review5. Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinders Review6. Leupold RX-850i TBR ReviewThe Best Laser Rangefinder for Bow Hunting

How to Pick the Right Laser Rangefinder for Bow Hunting

While choosing the right laser rangefinder for your next bow hunt may sound tricky, you actually just need to remember five key features when making your decision:

Accuracy. Because you will use the rangefinder in the hunting grounds, you need to get a model that can accurately compute the true distance and angle of your target from you.

I can personally attest that it is not easy aiming at a deer or turkey that is almost directly below me while I’m up in a treestand. But with the help of an accurate laser rangefinder, I can increase my chances of getting a good shot it, even with difficult angles.

Reticles. A reticle is an aiming point (sometimes a circle) you see when you peek into your laser rangefinder. For me, a good rangefinder has a reticle that I can easily see, no matter what my hunting environment is.

While some rangefinders have reticles that are hard to see in dark backgrounds, others have aiming points that are too bright. Having either makes it harder for me to aim accurately at my target. Usually I look for a model that has a black reticle so I can easily see it in daylight, but also has a backlighting feature so that I can still see it in low-light settings.

Priority Mode. Another important feature of a laser rangefinder for bow hunting is its last-target priority mode. This feature allows you to get the correct distance of your target, since the rangefinder will report the distance of the farthest object in its line of view.

For example, if I aim at a whitetail that is 100 yards away, my rangefinder will ignore all the clutter that is in between me and the deer (e.g., branches, large leaves, low-lying fruits). Instead, it will prioritize the last target in its line of sight, which in this case is the whitetail I’m aiming at.

Speed of Scan. Chances are, you may need to use your laser rangefinder to aim at a moving target. When this happens, you need a reliable unit that can scan that turkey or whitetail at the quickest time possible.

As a bow hunter, I would go for a model that not only scans targets at the shortest possible time, but also show the target accurately through its lens. After all, there isn’t really any point of scanning the position of that turkey in less than 10 seconds if I can’t see its vital points, right?

Target Sensitivity. While you will be using your rangefinder to aim at targets from a distance, there may also come a time where you need to aim at something from less than 10 yards. If this happens, you will need a rangefinder that can precisely detect your target at such close range.

I recommend going for a model that has precise close-target sensitivity, with at most 5x or 6x magnification. This helps improve focus on closer targets, especially those in cluttered hunting environments.

Laser Rangefinder for Bow Hunting Reviews

1. Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC Review

Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC 4x20mm Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder with Clear Shot
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Class 1 laser with <0.5mW average power output

Last update on 2019-04-23 PST - Details

Top of my list for the best laser rangefinders for bow hunting is the Bushnell 202442, also known as The Truth Laser Rangefinder. I find that there is something beautiful and elegant in its design, which is just icing on the cake. What I really like about this model is its features and functionality that makes my job as a bow hunter a whole lot easier.

For one thing, it has the innovative ClearShot technology, which provides instant feedback on my shots. I also don’t have to worry about accidentally hitting branches and other obstacles between me and my game, because I can calibrate my rangefinder so that it corresponds with my bow’s speed via its sight system.

For a reasonable price, this Bushnell model can read distances of up to 850 yards clearly. All these can be viewed thru its very bright lens, which surprised me because the unit is built so small and compact.

The main thing I want Bushnell to improve for this model is that sometimes I have to restart the unit for it to range properly. I also sometimes hear a faint buzzing sound when I’m using it, but not enough to alert a deer or turkey I’m targeting.

PROS

  • Features advanced ClearShot technology for instant shot feedback
  • Ranges and reads distances of up to 850 yards
  • Easy to operate
  • With bright lense and an easy-to-view display
  • Small, compact, and very lightweight
  • Reasonable mid-range price

CONS

  • Sometimes needs restarting to range properly
  • Emits a soft buzzing sound

2. Nikon 8397 ACULON AL11 Laser Rangefinder Review

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Nikon 8397 ACULON AL11 Laser Rangefinder
  • At 3.6"x2.9"x1.5" in size, the ACULON Rangefinder is Nikon's most compact laser rangefinder,...
  • An uncluttered, easy-to-read screen displays ranges in 1-meter/yard intervals;Eye Relief :18...
  • Class 1 laser product, power output not exceeding .0975 milliwats

Last update on 2019-04-23 PST - Details

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3. Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition Review

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Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder, Realtree Xtra Camo, 20mm
  • Accuracy: +/- one yard
  • Simple one-button operation
  • Magnification x objective: 4x 21mm

Last update on 2019-04-23 PST - Details

If you’re looking for an alternative rangefinder, then I recommend another Bushnell product: the Bushnell 202208, also called its Bone Collection Edition Rangefinder. While it may not have as many cool features as the other Bushnell model in this list, I find that it works effectively for regular bow hunting sprees.

I think my favorite feature of Bushnell 202208 is its camo design. I find that it’s easier to hide it in plain sight since it blends with what is usually found in hunting grounds. This camo housing is also weather resistant, so I don’t have to worry about ruining it when a sudden drizzle happens while I’m in the field.

I find this Bushnell model very convenient to use, featuring a simple one-one button operation for easy distance ranging. I think its optics clear and easy to see view, and with a 4x magnification, it’s good for ranging close-distance game.

I did find some issue ranging small targets past 200 yards, especially in low-light settings. And perhaps because it’s not as expensive as other brands, it might not be as hardy as them. Still, for the price you’re paying, I’d say you’re getting a pretty good deal.

PROS

  • With an accuracy of +/- 1 yard and 4x magnification
  • Features clear optics for easier viewing
  • With a simple one-button operation
  • Features a good camo design
  • Comes with weather resistant housing
  • Comes with a handy and durable case
  • Very affordable

CONS

  • Readings on smaller targets sometimes get less accurate over 200 yards
  • Not as durable as more expensive brands
  • LCD display is harder to view in low-light settings

4. TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder Review

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TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder - 6x24 Laser Range Finder for Hunting with Speed, Scan and...
  • HUNTING LASER RANGEFINDER; tired of cheap rangefinders with short ranges of measurement? Our...
  • SPEED, SCAN and HUNT TECHNOLOGY: provides fast measurement with +/- 1 yard accuracy
  • THROUGH THE LENS DISPLAY; premium, ultra clear, multilayered optics with easy read, through the...

Last update on 2019-04-23 PST - Details

If you’re a bit low on budget but you still want a reliable laser rangefinder, then I think the TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder may be a good fit for you. For a very budget-friendly price, you’ll reap the benefits that other efficient but more pricey rangefinders may offer.

For instance, it can provide fast measurements with +/-1 yard accuracy, all thanks to its speed, scan, and hunt technology. It also features multi-layered optics that are super clear and easy to read. I find it really convenient to check my measurements because of its big display.

I also like that it’s portable and lightweight, especially since it’s made with a durable dust- and water-resistant body. Additional bonuses are the free lanyard and casing, so it’s easy to bring it along during my hunts.

My main issue with this rangefinder is that I can’t seem to read targets clearly from long-range distances. I noticed that the farther my target is, the less accurate its readings become. Also, the batteries do not last as long as other premium brands.

PROS

  • Provides fast measurements with +/-1 yard accuracy
  • Comes with super clear multi-layered optics that are easy to read
  • Made with a dust- and water-resistant body
  • Lightweight, portable, and durable
  • Comes with a case and lanyard
  • Very cheap and affordable

CONS

  • Reads less accurately on long-distance targets, especially on small targets
  • Batteries drain fast

5. Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinders Review

Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 Laser Rangefinder
  • The Ranger 1000 rangefinder is easy to use and features a clean, illuminated display and highly...
  • The primary HCD mode displays an angle compensated distance that is ideal for the majority of...
  • A scan feature gives continuous range readings as you pan across a landscape or track a moving...

Last update on 2019-04-23 PST - Details

If you don’t mind spending extra on a premium item, then I suggest checking out the Vortex Optics Ranger Laser Rangefinder. It’s more expensive compared to other laser rangefinders, but it makes up for it with its cool features.

For me, its best feature its advanced LOS mode, because it gives me the option to calculate long-distance, high-angle shots with increased precision. It also has a primary HCD mode, which displays distances at a compensated angle, which most hunters prefer.

I also love its innovative scan feature, which gives me continuous range readings as I pan my rangefinder across a landscape or as I track and follow a moving whitetail or turkey. And did I mention it has three brightness settings? These allow me to see the display no matter what the light condition is in my hunting ground.

Other cool features of the Vortex Optics Rangefinder include its multi-coated lenses, a textured rubber armor for a no-slip grip, and waterproof and fogproof lenses that allow me to see through in harsh weather conditions.

Sadly, I find that this model takes too long to read long distances so there’s always a chance my target has moved on before I get a good bead on it. I’m also a bit miffed that it takes me three clicks to get one reading.

PROS

  • Features a basic HCD mode and an advanced LOS mode for long-distance, high-angle shots
  • Has an innovative scan feature for continuous range reading
  • Features three brightness settings
  • Comes with multi-coated lenses that are fogproof and waterproof
  • Made with a no-slip textured rubber casing

CONS

  • Expensive compared to other brands
  • Takes longer to get readings for long-distance targets
  • Requires three clicks to get one reading

6. Leupold RX-850i TBR Review

Leupold RX-850i TBR with DNA Digital Laser Rangefinder, Black/Grey
  • 100% waterproof and fog proof: absolute waterproof and fog proof integrity - each is ready for...
  • 6x magnification gives you plenty of power while maintaining a wide field of view to track game...
  • The durable aluminum housing is shrouded in a rubber armor coating that provides a positive...

Last update on 2019-04-23 PST - Details

Often hunt on humid or rainy hunting grounds? Then you’ll probably enjoy using the Leupold RX-850i TBR Rangefinder. It is 100 percent waterproof and fog proof, so you won’t have to worry about looking into a display with moist in the lenses, or having your unit short circuit because it got wet.

Aside from that, this Leupold model features a 6x magnification, which I find works well in reading both short-range targets and long-range ones. Its built-in inclinometer allows me to calculate the ballistic range of my target, which makes it easier to make my shots.

I also love its hardy and durable aluminum casing. But the rubber armor coating is what really makes me happy, since I can easily grip it without worrying that it would slip from my hand. Another bonus is that it comes with a CR2 lithium camera battery, so you could immediately use it as soon as you remove it from its box.

What I don’t like about this model is that I think the reticle is too heavy. This makes it harder for me to view smaller targets and pinpoint their vital points well. The display sometimes appears dim, too, especially in partially covered forest settings.

PROS

  • 100 percent waterproof and fog proof
  • Features a 6x magnification to accurately read short-distance and long-distance targets
  • Comes with a built-in inclinometer with TBR
  • Strong and durable aluminum casing with a rubber armor coating
  • Comes with a CR2 lithium camera battery
  • Reasonably priced

CONS

  • Display might appear dim on some weather conditions
  • Reticle is a bit heavy and might partially cover smaller targets

The Best Laser Rangefinder for Bow Hunting

Bushnell 202442 The Truth ARC 4x20mm Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder with Clear Shot
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Class 1 laser with <0.5mW average power output

Last update on 2019-04-23 PST - Details

My clear favorite is the Bushnell 202442 Rangefinder. I love its ClearShot technology because I can quickly get feedback for my shots. I can easily read targets that are up to 850 yards away, and view them in its large and clear display. Elegant and beautiful, the Truth Laser Rangefinder comes at a very reasonable price for the features it’s offering.

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Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder, Realtree Xtra Camo, 20mm
  • Accuracy: +/- one yard
  • Simple one-button operation
  • Magnification x objective: 4x 21mm

Last update on 2019-04-23 PST - Details

My other favorite is another Bushnell product: the Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition Laser Rangefinder. It has an accuracy of +/- one yard, has 4x magnification perfect for short-range distance readings, and uses a simple one-button operation. Plus its camo design allows it to blend well in different hunting areas.

  • Updated April 7, 2019
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Jennifer Walls
 

Hey there, I’m Jennifer, a mother of two sons, and I really enjoy the outdoor world. I take advantage of my spare time to hunt the deer with a bow. I founded BuckWithBow blog so that I can share my hunting experiences in the woods and thus help you discover a couple of tricks, tips and essential skills that will make you a successful bow hunter.

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