If you’re an avid hunter, chances are you’re always on the lookout for new techniques and equipment that can help you better track and hit targets. While there are countless tools available that can be incredibly useful, the rangefinder is at the top of the list. Whether you’re completely unfamiliar with this technology or you’ve simply never used one before, let’s take a look at a few of the key advantages offered by these handy devices.
A rangefinder uses lasers in order to relay critical information to the user. The device works by sending out a laser that bounces off a target and returns to the unit. During this process, it is able to measure exactly how long it took for the laser to reach the target and return to its point of origin. While this information is useful for a variety of applications, it can be invaluable while hunting.
One of the most important things a rangefinder can reveal while hunting is the amount of beam divergence over a certain distance. When you aim a rangefinder at a target, only a certain portion of the beam may cover it. However, if the beam is focused so that the entirety of the laser is displayed on the target, you will be able to take a much more accurate shot. The only instance where a tight beam divergence may not be ideal is if you are trying to hit a target without using a tripod. In these situations, even the slightest movement could cause you to miss the target, compared to a situation where there is a much wider beam.
While a rangefinder can help hunters better calibrate their shots, there are a few factors that affect how far the device can measure. Lighting, vibration and weather conditions can all have adverse effects on a rangefinder’s performance. Ideally, a rangefinder should be aimed at a flat target in partly cloudy conditions. If you’re worried about vibration, you can easily correct the problem by setting up a rangefinder on a tripod.
These are just a few of the basic things to know about rangefinders when it comes to hunting. Do your own research to learn more about how this tool can help you have a more successful hunting experience. Find your next trophy with a big game hunt in Montana with Harris Hunts & Fort Musselshell Outfitters. Book your trip online today or call us at 406-429-2800 to learn more.