Rangefinders – For Hunting and Golf

While the same rangefinder can be used in both situations, we are finding more and more that in the type of rangefinder, they want the hunter and the golfer are more selective. Typically, hunters (who may be in a blind or sitting in a tree stand) prefer the type range finder that ignores close-up items like tree limbs or brush, focusing only on the more distant game. On the other hand, golfers generally have nothing to do with the green and hole, so they tend to select the type rangefinder that reads the first object in their sight.

If you know the exact distance to your game or flag, your success rate in either field will greatly improve. The vast majority of rangefinders have a plus or minus 1-yard accuracy rating. Human yarding assumptions, without prior mark-offs, can be off by as much as 10 yards per 100 yards evaluated.

Although range finders are helpful to help, it is necessary to understand their shortcomings and the factors influencing their readings. Three major items influence the capability of rangefinders; the target size, the target color or surface, and the ecological environment in which the rangefinder is used.

A large white structure represents a more accurate reading than on a small animal at a greater distance. A bright-colored object is much better to reflect than a dark-colored object. A rigid structure usually reflects a living body from a distance. So cold, cloudy days should generally produce stronger and farther readings than those obtained on a dry, hazy day.

A range finder rated at 1000 yards can accurately reflect the distance measurements of a large white building 1000 yards away under perfect atmospheric conditions, but only return the distance on a black vehicle 700 yards away, or a tree in the field 500 yards away, a deer standing at a distance of 350 yards in the meadow, or the flag on a 200 yards away golf green. Rangefinders have their range limits dependent on the ranging object’s form, color, and texture.

It is particularly important for hunters to recognize the general distance they will be observing their target, and to realize that rangefinders are usually accurate to game out to only one-third of the total specified length of the rangefinder.

A hunter who is interested in placing game 200 yards out and closer should have a range finder with at least 600 yards of maximum rating.

As features of their designs, many rangefinder manufacturers already provide ranking distances such as reflective surfaces, forest, deer, and flag. For range rankings, don’t let yourself below. When you purchase a 500-yard rangefinder and hope to range game out to 300 yards, you will have wasted money and get limited range finder results. Note the one-third law (the total distance of 500/3= 167 yards).

Rangefinders come with various targeting modes, usually scanning mode, eye mode of bulls, brush mode, and/or rain mode. There may be any combination of these modes on a rangefinder.

Scan mode is good for both the shooter and the golfer as you can scan over a distance from left to right and get different readings as the rangefinder moves through different objects. For e.g., the golfer might scan over the green area from left to right, get a reading on the trees just beyond the green, then have the test move to a closer measuring as the scan reaches the marker, then drop back to a longer reading as the scan moves.

Bull’s eye mode is typically used for close range, target shooting, or when larger targets or smaller players are shot.

Trees are usually a feature of shooting range finders as it avoids hits such as tree branches, trees, or stones on close-up items and returns readings only against reference artifacts such as deer or wolf.

A rain mode is a function needed by most hunters as it compensates for air humidity (rain or snow) and still returns an accurate reading of length. Waterproof rangefinders are also a prerequisite that hunters often order since they face wet weather much more often than a golfer.

For the shooter, the rangefinder’s scale is more critical than for the golfer. The hunter wants a finer compact range that can be placed in a jacket pocket, but at a moment’s notice is still readily available. The shooter wants to be able to take out the range finder quickly as the player comes into view to scope the path to the target. The golfer’s tolerance to scale and time is not as important. Rangefinders are generally placed in the golf bag or on the golf cart and used only once over the shot to assess the remaining yard to the green and flag.

Be assured in your calculations of the distance. Rangefinders can immediately return to your match, to a specific object, a true yard metric, or provide the remaining distance to the green or flag. Eliminate the conjecture.

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