The fall hunting season is right around the corner, and that means any good hunter is stocking up on equipment to make it the best season yet. Bow hunting will be great this season, but before taking a new bow hunting range finder out on the hunting ground, here are some helpful tips that any good bow hunter should know.
1. Become a master of different modes. When you buy a new range finder, take time to understand it and become familiar with it before actually taking it out. Experiment with the different mode settings to see which will work best for different ranges and situations. Different modes and settings work for different weapons and purposes, i.e bow or rifle, clear skies, fog or rain. Becoming familiar with the modes ensures you are comfortable with the finder before taking it out for a hunt (and more likely to make the shot!)
2.Carry it the right way. The usefulness of a range finder depends on a number of different caretaking methods, one of which being carrying it properly. Most cases that come with them aren’t really suitable for long-term or for heavy weather. It is best to buy a case that can withstand any type of weather a hunter is taking on. A range finder should be taken care of and protected while not being used, but also easy to grab if needed in a split second. Aside from carrying an extra case along with, it is possible to find a great pair of binoculars with a built-in rangefinder, for two-in-one efficiency.
3. Think about the angles. Again, back to the modes, rangefinders offer settings for vertical-compensated and straight-line. This mostly affects hunters that will be shooting from an elevation or incline, but it is all about the math. Lining up angles on the right setting makes for a much easier shot and better use of the rangefinder.
4. Every hunter faces problems that are inevitable with taking a shot. For example, a hunter could have the perfect angle lined up and a clear shot at his prey, but then he steps on a twig and the season ends on a sour note because now the game is lost. Using a rangefinder can help to negotiate these dilemmas to make it easier for a hunter to navigate around anything that has the potential to ruin a shot. So, use the rangefinder to work around obstacles.
5. Trust your instincts. Even the best, most expensive and technological rangefinder can make a mistake. Keeping eye-judging skills sharp may have slipped once a purchase was made, but it’s best to keep those skills sharp in case of a malfunction or improper reading. Every master bowhunter should have these skills mastered before trusting everything to a piece of equipment, and after. Once a rangehunter has been mastered and all of the features are understood, it will make the job a lot easier, but that isn’t to say a hunter can’t misplace it or the technology won’t make a mistake, so it’s best to keep a keen eye always.