In the world of big game hunting, the accuracy of the shot is vital. In that moment, you have a couple of seconds to line things up and take your shot. Hopefully, you will bag that buck or bull or whatever you are hunting. In order to take that shot, you need to take a few factors into consideration. One of the most important of these is the range.
This is where hunting range finders come into play. Acting like a hand held telescope, these devices tell you how far off that target really is. Using laser technology, the distance to a targeted object is calculated and displayed directly in the lens via an LCD display. Accuracy of the calculation is within +/- 1 yard.
Sometimes, a range finder is combined with another device like a scope or binoculars. This helps the hunter carry fewer items into the woods with him. Other times, they may be a small hand held device that can be small enough to fit in the pocket. But the major benefit is knowing the distance to a target. So here is a brief, non-technical explanation of how laser hunting range finders work.
First, hunting range finders are mainly laser range finders. Another type of range finders are the digital type, but these are mostly found inside digital cameras. The digital portion of range finders are incorporated into laser hunting range finders. A laser is directed at a target and bounced back to the range finder. Digital technology makes the calculation automatically.
Laser range finders utilize a safe laser beam (Class 1 per the FDA ). This laser is reflected off of an object at the push of a button. A built-in digital measuring device calculates the time it takes the beam to hit the target and reflect back. This information is instantly analyzed by on board electronics to calculate the distance to within 1 yard and send the result to the LCD display. This entire process takes all of a single second.
Once the hunting range finder gives you the distance to the target, you can make your adjustments for elevation, windage and conditions. All this adds up to greater accuracy for you and a successful hunt more often. In addition, some hunting range finders have other features that enhance your experience.
A few of these features are:
* “SCAN” – Allows the shooter to scan across a field of vision while continuously displaying the distance of distant objects.
* “BULLSEYE” – Allows the shooter range finding ability at close range. This feature acquires the distance of small objects while ignoring surrounding possible targets like trees and brush. If more than one target is acquired, the nearer of the two is displayed on the LCD screen.
* “BRUSH” – Completely ignores foreground objects and calculates distances on the target only.
As you can see, hunting range finders are great for big or small game hunters. Like all things, the cost is dependent on what you want the range finder to do, the features you want and the type. For the budget minded hunter, consider a scope/rangefinder from a known manufacturer. A simple Google search for “hunting range finders” will yield more than enough info to assist.
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