10 good reasons tostart using a hunting rangefinder today

Nowadays, the advanced and innovative technology is easily accessible at the press of a button, and in the middle of nowhere, there is no reason not to have a laser range finder with you. Despite the right functions in the right places, you still need the expertise to make the most of your rangefinder. Despite its simple and user-friendly operation, it requires the ability of the hunter to make the most of his unit.

To improve your game and make sure you fill the label during this hunting season, follow these tips to make sure you do not get caught in the dust of your prey with a good quality rangefinder.

Many skeptics believe that angular compensation functions are a waste of money. Keen hunters know that their prey can carry them on different types of terrain. Even a 40-degree incline on a hill can lead to significant measurement errors on the forecourt, which can lead to knockout and scare the target.

Whenever you need to descend from a cliff or towards the steep side of a hill, the actual horizontal distance always differs from the line of sight, and the right angle can make all the difference.

Use the scan mode

If you do not have fixed targets, a scan mode feature is required. But again, solid prey would not make you a hunter. Most good quality rangefinders now have the low-priced and entry-level gauges with the option of scan mode to help you keep up with your moving target like this deer jumping that quickly leaves your target's range.

If you have not saved landmarks nor have excellent range estimation, you need to use your scan mode for constant distances on your mobile target.

Make sure it is waterproof

Depending on your hunting activities and your commitment to the sport, you may find that your waterproof rangefinder works well. But for those of you who do not discriminate against time, you want to make sure that the rangefinder can survive as long as possible in a terrible climate.

Think of the moment when you accidentally put your phone in a sink or fell into the bathroom. The rangefinder does the same when it falls into a pond or even into a puddle. Most waterproof rangefinders have submergence in water that can survive. It is a function that you should not endanger.

Simple changes to reduce the noise

Staying as quiet as possible can be difficult if the rangefinder does not have sufficient rubber armor to reduce the noise due to bumps and unintentional jolts, such as lightning. You can buy a good quality rangefinder, which already has anti-noise equipment, or you can be creative.

If you want, you can always wrap your rangefinder with thick cotton fabric for softness and durability or electric tape that will not freeze and stay flexible at temperatures below zero degrees. Do not be afraid to change where you need it.

Familiarize yourself with the screen

It is a truism. Each rangefinder will display its readings a little differently, especially if you have an intelligent search engine that has many features that show more than just the distance. For this type of device, you need to use online video tutorials or read the manual.

To familiarize yourself with the device, you must also know which key to press when you need it. There's nothing worse than believing that you're queuing up the whitetail, but you're getting to the menu screen instead.

Use Sight-in Scopes

Bring the rangefinder, and desired weapon to range or hunting position, which you can see with your fingertips. By inserting goals, landmarks or references at different distances you can save any guesswork.

Personalize the distances in your area. If you use a good quality rangefinder to specify exact distances, you have to do all the hard work. What else do you have? The aim, advance, and shoot.

Pay attention to your perspective

Many users of the rangefinder who have not achieved the functions of their device often do not realize that the screen has a brightness setting. Before you complain that you cannot see the reticle during noon, when the sun is rising or too bright at night and destroying the night vision, check the adjustable brightness setting. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Also, pay attention to the diameter of the exit pupil. The larger the number, the larger the light collection for the human eye, resulting in a brighter image.

Do your due diligence

A good quality rangefinder works flawlessly, and you can manage it. Take care and know how your rangefinder works and what it can offer you by reading the manual, viewing the tutorials, and most importantly, completing and practicing the program.

Carry a standby battery at all times

This advice is by no means trivial, as you can consider this. Think of the following scenarios. You have just placed yourself in a blind tree that is ready for your evening. Turn on the device, and the odometer battery indicator starts flashing. It goes that the shorter the life of the battery, the more difficult it is to operate the device. Think about how it works without coffee. So the rangefinder is without power: slow. It promises that you would like to have a spare part for you.

The chances are low. That's pretty self-explanatory. Always carry a standby battery with you.

Use the accessories

It may seem irrelevant to invest the extra money in high-quality accessories, but you need it if you want your good quality rangefinder to be hard, accessible, and strong in your search. Most come equipped with cases, and accessories that are attached to belts or bags. Be sure to use the accessories supplied with the rangefinder.

If the case seems too narrow or too big, throw it away. If the cable is too long or too short, use an adjustable cable. Rangefinders have a very compact design that can easily put in any pocket. The idea is to simplify management, access, and storage. If you like long-distance shooting, make sure you have the right accessories or mounting accessories to incorporate into your shotgun, bow or tripod.


A good quality rangefinder must be one of the highest priority devices that should get worn while planning hunting. If you know the details, your game becomes mediocre to impressive.

Mark Lamplugh Jr. is a fourth generation firefighter and former captain with the Lower Chichester (PA) Fire Company. He is now the Vice President of Business Development with Solid Landings Behavioral Health. He is nationally recognized in Crisis Stress Intervention through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Mark has placed and referred hundreds of firefighters, police officers, EMS personal and civilians nationwide. He can be reached for comment at mark.lamplugh@solidlandingsbehavioralhealth.com