Top 6 Best Cheap Bow Hunting Rangefinders

Bow hunting is a popular outdoor tradition throughout the world, especially in the U.S. and Canada. One that uses complex angles and distances for tracking prey. To help gain an advantage when hunting, smart bow hunters use a rangefinder.

This special optical device provides range outputs so hunters can make aim adjustments. For bow hunters, their distance needs are much different to those of a rifle hunter. Instead of huge distances, bow hunters would rather have excellent accuracy at the best price.

Today’s archers not only have access to a rangefinder but also models that fill a spectrum of budgets. From the low-end, mid-range and up to high-end military grade rangefinders.

Looking for the best cheap bow hunting rangefinder? Don’t assume cheap means bad quality. Low-end bow hunting rangefinders may seem “basic” in comparison to high-end models. Yet, the models in this article will be provide quality readouts with clear optics.

What are best cheap bow hunting rangefinders?

This is a rangefinder, priced under $250 that is compact, lightweight and simple to use. It should be fast and accurate with a range from 5 to 1000 yards. Some will be very basic and some will come with added features. Which one you choose will be dependent on where and what you hunt.

Included in all of our gear reviews is the handy tabbed comparison table, to scroll through the products, just click the tabs at the top of the table. Also for ease of reading there is also a navigable table of contents or to get fully informed read the whole article. Let’s get started.

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Table of Contents

Comparison Chart

Preview
Editor's Choice
Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 3000 Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder
Vortex Optics Impact 850 Yard Laser Rangefinder
Top Marks
Sig Sauer SOK10001 Kilo1000 Laser Range Finding Monocular, 5X20MM, HT
Product Name
Nikon Arrow ID 3000
Vortex Optics Impact 850
SIG Sauer Kilo1000
Verdict
Best All-round Model
Dependable Performance & Simple To Use
Upgraded & Newer Version Of Popular Sig Kilo850
Weight (ounces)
4.8
5.5
5
Magnification
4x
6x
5x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm)
20
20
20
Eye Relief (mm)
20.3
15
17.78
Range: Min-Max/Reflective/Deer (yards)
6 min up to 550 max
5-850/550/400
5-1200/800/600
Angle Compensation
Color(s)
Dark Green
Green
Black & Flat Dark Earth
Item Dimensions L x W x H
3.6 x 1.5 x 2.9 inches
3.77 x 2.95 x n/a inches
4.3 x 1.4 x 3 inches
Included Components
CR2 Battery, Neoprene Case & Strap
Lens cloth, Strap, Soft Carry Case, CR2 battery
Soft Carry Case
Warranty
2 year Limited
Lifetime
5 Years
Editor's Choice
Preview
Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 3000 Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder
Product Name
Nikon Arrow ID 3000
Verdict
Best All-round Model
Weight (ounces)
4.8
Magnification
4x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm)
20
Eye Relief (mm)
20.3
Range: Min-Max/Reflective/Deer (yards)
6 min up to 550 max
Angle Compensation
Color(s)
Dark Green
Item Dimensions L x W x H
3.6 x 1.5 x 2.9 inches
Included Components
CR2 Battery, Neoprene Case & Strap
Warranty
2 year Limited
Preview
Vortex Optics Impact 850 Yard Laser Rangefinder
Product Name
Vortex Optics Impact 850
Verdict
Dependable Performance & Simple To Use
Weight (ounces)
5.5
Magnification
6x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm)
20
Eye Relief (mm)
15
Range: Min-Max/Reflective/Deer (yards)
5-850/550/400
Angle Compensation
Color(s)
Green
Item Dimensions L x W x H
3.77 x 2.95 x n/a inches
Included Components
Lens cloth, Strap, Soft Carry Case, CR2 battery
Warranty
Lifetime
Top Marks
Preview
Sig Sauer SOK10001 Kilo1000 Laser Range Finding Monocular, 5X20MM, HT
Product Name
SIG Sauer Kilo1000
Verdict
Upgraded & Newer Version Of Popular Sig Kilo850
Weight (ounces)
5
Magnification
5x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm)
20
Eye Relief (mm)
17.78
Range: Min-Max/Reflective/Deer (yards)
5-1200/800/600
Angle Compensation
Color(s)
Black & Flat Dark Earth
Item Dimensions L x W x H
4.3 x 1.4 x 3 inches
Included Components
Soft Carry Case
Warranty
5 Years

Preview
Budget Friendly
Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Bone Collector Cam_202208
Leupold RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder 120464
Budget Friendly
TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder - 6x24 Laser Range Finder for Hunting with Speed, Scan and Normal Measurements (Camo)
Product Name
Bushnell Bone Collector Edition
Leupold RX-650
TecTecTec ProWild
Verdict
Bushnell Name + Cheap Price = Okay Performance
Good No Frills Rangefinder
Very Cheap, Popular, Varied Performance
Weight (ounces)
7.2
6.3
6.5
Magnification
4x
6x
6x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm)
21
20
unknown
Eye Relief (mm)
n/a
16.3
unknown
Range: Min-Max/Reflective/Deer (yards)
10-600
6-650/600/575
5-540
Angle Compensation
Color(s)
Realtree Xtra Camo
Black
Woodland Camo
Dimensions L x W x H
4.5 x 3 x 1.5 inches
3.6 x 1.4 x 2.9 inches
4.1 x 2.8 x 1.6 inches
Included Components
9-Volt Battery & Carry Case
CR2 Battery, Lanyard & Сordura Case
Carrying Pouch, CR2 battery, Wrist Strap, Lens Cloth
Warranty
1 Year
2 Year
2 Year (Dependent On Distributor)
Budget Friendly
Preview
Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Bone Collector Cam_202208
Product Name
Bushnell Bone Collector Edition
Verdict
Bushnell Name + Cheap Price = Okay Performance
Weight (ounces)
7.2
Magnification
4x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm)
21
Eye Relief (mm)
n/a
Range: Min-Max/Reflective/Deer (yards)
10-600
Angle Compensation
Color(s)
Realtree Xtra Camo
Dimensions L x W x H
4.5 x 3 x 1.5 inches
Included Components
9-Volt Battery & Carry Case
Warranty
1 Year
Preview
Leupold RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder 120464
Product Name
Leupold RX-650
Verdict
Good No Frills Rangefinder
Weight (ounces)
6.3
Magnification
6x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm)
20
Eye Relief (mm)
16.3
Range: Min-Max/Reflective/Deer (yards)
6-650/600/575
Angle Compensation
Color(s)
Black
Dimensions L x W x H
3.6 x 1.4 x 2.9 inches
Included Components
CR2 Battery, Lanyard & Сordura Case
Warranty
2 Year
Budget Friendly
Preview
TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder - 6x24 Laser Range Finder for Hunting with Speed, Scan and Normal Measurements (Camo)
Product Name
TecTecTec ProWild
Verdict
Very Cheap, Popular, Varied Performance
Weight (ounces)
6.5
Magnification
6x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm)
unknown
Eye Relief (mm)
unknown
Range: Min-Max/Reflective/Deer (yards)
5-540
Angle Compensation
Color(s)
Woodland Camo
Dimensions L x W x H
4.1 x 2.8 x 1.6 inches
Included Components
Carrying Pouch, CR2 battery, Wrist Strap, Lens Cloth
Warranty
2 Year (Dependent On Distributor)

1. Nikon Arrow ID 3000 - Best Overall

Purple label with gold anchor stating Editor's choice
Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 3000 Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder
  • Nikon's advanced ID (Incline/Decline) Technology provides the horizontal distance to the target, even when ranging at various incline or decline shooting angles
  • Incredibly long, 20.3mm eye relief makes viewing and ranging your target fast and easy
  • Displays in 1-yard increments with a 6-550-yard ranging capacity
  • Class 1 laser product, power output not exceeding .0975 milliwats
What We Like
  • Ranges Up To 550 Yards
  • Super Fast & Accurate Ranging
  • Simple To Use
  • Large Ocular Lens
  • Includes Angle Compensation
  • Long Eye Relief
  • Distance & Priority Target Modes
  • Reasonable Price
  • Water Resistant
What We Do Not Like
  • Black Color Output Hard To See In Low Light

Nikon Arrow Id 3000 Review

This is Nikon’s entry for the best cheap bow hunting rangefinders. It is a very popular laser rangefinder for bow hunting and archery shooters alike.

In my hand the compact shape and ergonomic design feels comfortable and lightweight. In fact, Nikon designed it for bow hunters in mind. I like that that it operates via a single button, when held, it will scan and measure for up to 8 seconds.

For hunters who wear glasses you will love the long eye relief. The massive 20.3 mm area provides comfortable and natural viewing. As well, the ultra clear optics display in 1 yard increments up to a range of 550 yards.

Plus if you hunt in mountainous terrain, it also has angle compensation technology. This switches the horizontal distance and actual distance display according to elevation changes. As a result the Nikon Arrow ID 3000 will auto-calculate angles for you.

I tried out Nikon’s “Tru-Target Technology, which works well. This is two ranging modes, one to focus on targets obscured by brush. With another to focus on the closest target when there are several overlapping targets. The only downside I found was that due to the black output, it is hard to target in low light.

Generally speaking, the Nikon Arrow performed the best throughout all my testing. Readings were blisteringly fast and very accurate up to around 500-550 yards. For the price, it’s the best bang for your buck laser rangefinder.

2.Vortex Optics 850 Laser Rangefinder

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Vortex Optics Impact 850 Yard Laser Rangefinder
  • The Impact Rangefinder features a non-illuminated display and highly intuitive menu in a compact and lightweight package. Added magnification brings targets in for a closer look and more accurate...
  • The primary HCD mode displays an angle compensated distance that is ideal for the majority of hunters and shooters. An advanced LOS mode provides the option to calculate long distance, high angle...
  • A scan feature gives continuous range readings to pan across a landscape or track a moving target. All modes can be set to read in yards or meters.
  • The Impact runs on a common CR2 battery and the battery life indicator is always visible in the display.
  • Fully multi-coated optics enhance light transmission in low light settings. Waterproof and shockproof performance keep you in the hunt no matter what the conditions.
What We Like
  • Precise Ranging Up To 850 Yards
  • Amazingly Clear Optics
  • Easy One Handed Operation
  • Durable Construction
  • Angle Compensation Included
  • Fog Proof
What We Do Not Like
  • Higher Price Than Others
  • Wish The Output Color Was Red
  • Some Ranging Mistakes In Heavy Brush
  • Included Lanyard & Carry Case Could Be Improved

Review Of The Vortex Optics Impact 850

Are you a budget minded bow hunter looking for a rangefinder to pair up with your trusted bino’s? Well, the Vortex Impact 850 is a great choice.

Out of the box this is a small rangefinder, although for most users it will feel comfy and durable. The green colored body is smooth with an decent 15mm eye relief. With this in mind, hunters who wear glasses may find it’s a bit short. Yet it’s easy to adjust diopter, and anti-reflective lens coatings do give sharp images.

Like the Nikon model, you can also operate the Vortex with one hand and make continuous scans. As well, it has it’s HCD mode or Horizontal Component Distance. This auto-compensates for shooting from elevated stands or in steep terrain. It was swift to range a deer from a tree stand at 362 yards alongside my Vortex Vanquish bino’s. In total, it measures ranges from 5 up to 850 yards, although ranging over 600 yards was slow.

For bow hunters targeting in moderate brush it performs perfect. Although I did experience some problems ranging targets in heavy brush. This was a one-off experience but I felt compelled to mention it.

Keep in mind, this is an entry-level laser rangefinder, so the display isn’t illuminated. As a result the output is black and not the higher end red display. Thus ranging in very low light can be a nuisance. While the Vortex wasn’t as fast as the Nikon it did have one huge advantage over it. This is the Vortex VIP warranty, which is a lifetime warranty.

On balance, the Vortex Impact 850 is a reliable performer and more than enough for most bow hunters.

3. Sig Sauer Kilo 1000 = Upgraded Sig Kilo 850

top marks label in blue with yellow check mark
Sale
Sig Sauer SOK10001 Kilo1000 Laser Range Finding Monocular, 5X20MM, HT
  • 5x20 mm monocular with SpectraCoatTM anti-reflection coatings for superior light transmission and optical clarity
  • Revolutionary Lightwave TMDSP Technology for the fastest and longest distance rangefinder engine
  • HyperScan provides 4x range updates per second in scan mode
  • RangeLock reports the last range result when ranging distant targets
  • Features line of sight or angle modified range
  • Units in yards or meters to tenth Y/M resolution
  • High Transmittance LCD display for superior low-light performance
  • Compact, lightweight polymer housing with eyecup and diopter adjustment
  • Simplified user interface with RANGE and MODE buttons only
What We Like
  • Like A Sig Kilo 850 Only Better!
  • Huge Ranges Up To 1200 Yards
  • Super Accurate & Fast Readings - .25 Seconds!
  • Latest Sig Sauer Technology For Precision targeting
  • Superior For Long Range Bow Hunting
  • User Friendly & Compact
  • Good Eye Relief
What We Do Not Like
  • Black Color Display

Review Of The Sig Sauer Kilo 1000

New for the 2019-2020 hunting season is the Sig Sauer Kilo 1000. Consider this as the newest version or upgraded Sig Kilo 850. This is a 5x20mm laser rangefinder with a range span of 5-1200 yards. For ranging reflective surfaces, it will range up to 800 yards and for deer up to 600 yards.

This is a top bow hunting rangefinder, but it isn’t the best overall because of its’ newness. Although I did test it, I found little to no information/secondary reviews and this is not a long term review. As a result, it fell down to my second choice for the best cheap bow hunting rangefinders. Although at the next update, it won’t surprise me if this takes top spot.

Handling it I notice that the body is a mixture of textured bits for my hand and smooth areas for easy pocketing. The lenses have anti-reflection coating and superior clarity. The diopter adjusts smooth and the eye relief is a respectable 17.78mm. Which is great, if you wear glasses.

Out on the range I was able to get readings super quick. Another bonus for bow hunting, that I love that it has increment readings at a tenth of a yard or meter. Moreover it has line of sight and angle compensation that is flawless in operation. Sig Sauer uses “HyperScan” which gives 4 range updates per second in scan mode. This further proves the speed and accuracy of the Kilo 1000 performance. For example, I was out in a open field area and ranged a coyote at 579 yards. I took 3 readings; the first was at 578.4, second at 579.2 and third at 579. Those are precision readings if you ask me.

One Of The Best Cheap Bow Hunting Rangefinders

For peace of mind it’s water resistant, lightweight, and the batteries last forever. Plus, it is super cheap in comparison to all of the amazing tech packed inside. As more people use the Sig Kilo 1000, I imagine it may leapfrog the Nikon to take top spot. Only time will tell, but I believe this will be one of 2020’s best cheap bow hunting rangefinders.

4. Bushnell Bone Collector Edition Rangefinder

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Bushnell Laser Rangefinder Bone Collector Cam_202208
  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity; 100 percent quality materials used and tested extensively
  • beautifully designed with durability Built to Last: Simple single button operation in a compact, lightweight housing
  • Displays exact distance to target from 10 to 600 yard with +/ 1 yard accuracy
  • Bright, crystal clear optics for targeting in low light; Magnification x Objective Lens: 4x 21 millilitre
  • Realtree Xtra camo pattern; Rugged, rainproof housing
  • Class 1 laser with <1mW average power output
What We Like
  • Automatic 4x21mm Magnification
  • Optics Are Crystal Clear
  • Super Compact Lightweight Camo Body
  • Simple One Hand Operation
  • Comfortable Eyecup
What We Do Not Like
  • Lacks Compensation For Incline/Decline
  • Range Promises Not Met
  • Wish Warranty Was Longer

Bushnell Bone Collector Edition Review

Before receiving the Bushnell Bone Collector I had an impossible time finding info on the max ranges. After reading the box, Bushnell states the following ranges:

  • Reflective = 600 yards
  • Trees = 400 yards
  • Deer = 200 yards
  • Min range = 5

(With 1 yard increments)

Sounds decent for bow hunting right? Unfortunately, out in the valley during daytime I couldn’t range a tree beyond 240 yards. This doesn’t match what Bushnell promises but for the low price it isn’t a surprise. Likewise, don’t expect angle compensation from the Bushnell Bone Collector at this price point either.

Where the Bone collector does shine is its price, how compact it is and how basic it is. It weighs under 8 ounces and feels comfortable in my pants or jacket. Plus, using the rangefinder is simple with one handed single button operation. For example, to switch between yards and meters you click and hold for the button for 3 seconds. Similar to the others, the black display is difficult to see in low light. For ease of use it has 4 times magnification via auto focusing.

I did find a couple nuisances to this rangefinder. Including the small battery housing that uses the hard to find 9-volt battery. Finally, Bushnell won’t cover it under their “Bullet Proof” warranty. Instead, you get a one-year warranty, although the customer service is excellent.

Why Buy The Bushnell Bone Collector?

Buy the Bone Collector if you need a cheap short range (under 200 yards) bow hunting rangefinder. One that while very basic will do an decent job at the archery range or targeting white tail from above in a tree stand.

5. Leupold RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder

Leupold RX-650 Micro Laser Rangefinder 120464
  • Absolute waterproof and fog proof integrity, each is ready for a lifetime in the field, in all conditions.
  • 6x magnification gives you plenty of power, while maintaining a wide field of view to track game on the move.
  • Powered by the readily available CR2 lithium camera battery, the RX-Rangefinders with DNA feature a convenient battery power indicator.
  • Includes fast-focus eyepiece with precision clicks for quick adjustments in the field.
  • A fully multicoated lens system ensures a bright, pristine image.
What We Like
  • Famous Leupold Optics For Budget Price!
  • Excellent Body Construction
  • Flawless, Fast Readings Under 650 Yards
  • Lightweight But Tough
  • User-Friendly Operation
What We Do Not Like
  • High Price Compared To Others
  • No Angle Compensation
  • Lacks Target Priority Modes

Leupold RX-650 Review

The Leupold RX-650 is an easy to use budget laser rangefinder. Hunters who don’t want to spend a lot but want an entry level rangefinder from a trusted brand will like the RX-650.

As a cheaper rangefinder it has a good max range span for bow hunters. For reflective targets it has a max rang of 650 yards, 600 yards on trees, and 575 yards on deer.

Out of the box the Leupold RX-650 is modest in size and feels durable. It has a great textured rubber on top to reduce slippage from wet hands, while the body is smooth. Next, the single red operation button sits on top. On the rear there is an adjustable eyepiece to focus the reticle to the shooter’s eye. As well as a battery housing beneath that opens via a rubber screw. In total, it is a user-friendly set up.

Moving on to the operation of this laser rangefinder, it’s simple. The ocular lens is 20mm with a somewhat short 16.3mm eye relief. The display is black and reports in yards or meters. During ranging you can either make a single range or scan to track a moving object. What it doesn’t do is angle compensation or target priority modes. But for great speed and accurate readings under 650 yards the Leupold RX-650 is flawless.

I like that you get 6x magnification in a budget rangefinder with good field of view for close targets. While getting enough magnification on distant targets.

What I dislike is the lack of angle compensation and target priority modes. The Nikon, Vortex and Sig Sauer models all come with these modes, so choose one of those for these features. Next, the price on the RX-650 is a bit on the high end of the budget rangefinder scale.

Pick The Leupold RX-650 If:

You are a novice bow hunter ranging targets under 600 yards or want a budget no frill’s rangefinder. Choosing this one you get a compact, simple and accurate short range unit. Another reason to pick it, is if you love Leupold products but can’t afford their high end models. While it isn’t the best bow hunting rangefinder, it is without question a good basic entry level choice.

6. TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder

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TecTecTec ProWild Hunting Rangefinder - 6x24 Laser Range Finder for Hunting with Speed, Scan and Normal Measurements (Camo)
  • HUNTING LASER RANGEFINDER; Tired of cheap rangefinders with short ranges of measurement? Our PROWILD Laser Rangefinder is a premium product, measuring up to 540 yards with continuous scan mode,...
  • SPEED, SCAN and HUNT TECHNOLOGY; Provides fast measurement with +/- 1 yard accuracy.
  • THROUGH THE LENS DISPLAY; Premium, ultra clear, multilayered optics with easy read, through the lens display with distance and battery meter, and continuous measurement mode for fast, convenient...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND PORTABLE; (Eye-safe rangefinder Class 1 laser with <0.5mW average power output) measures just 104 x 72 x 41 mm and weighing just 185g, with a water and dust resistant, durable body,...
  • FULL PACKAGE; Complete rangefinder package for quick setup, including carrying pouch, CR2 battery, strap, microfiber cleaning cloth, quick start guide, TecTecTec Happy Guarantee for 2 Years (Online...
What We Like
  • Inexpensive
  • Ranges Well At 100-500 Yards
  • Great Shape & Comfort
  • Scan & Speed Modes
  • Includes Battery, Carry Case, Lanyard and Lens Cloth
What We Do Not Like
  • Buttons Too Close Together
  • Clustered Display
  • Poor Readings In Low Light
  • Unreliable Measurements Under 70 yards

TecTecTec ProWild Review

What can I say about the TecTecTec ProWild Rangefinder? It’s cheap, small, lightweight and is somewhat accurate up to 500 yards. Although at close range it’s inconsistent, it messed up so much that I lost patience with it many times while testing it.

Like the others, after unboxing the ProWild I appreciated its small size and the fit in my hand. That is where personal comfort ends, because the ProWild uses two buttons to operate. One for power and the other switches modes. But the buttons sit to close to the other. As a result, I would push an unintended button, which is a nuisance.

The optical lens is clear enough and appears coated which is nice. Yet, I find the black LCD display really busy. Another problem is the display is difficult to see in a wooded area or low light settings. It does have a scan mode and speed mode but doesn’t compensate for angles.

I admit that ranging with the TecTecTec Prowild is good at distances from 220-420 yards. Where it is unreliable is reading for short distances. For example, it overestimates measurements at 3-45 yards and underestimates at 46-65 yards. When bow hunting these discrepancies could lead to missing your targets. but where it excels is at the archery range, outputs are quick and if you press the right button, accurate.

Why Choose The TecTecTec ProWild Laser Rangefinder?

Choose this rangefinder if you are training at an archery range. Or if you plan to range for targets between 100-500 yards. For hunters that are engaging in either of these options you get an inexpensive popular rangefinder.

In Conclusion:

Sometimes your budget can’t stretch to get a high-end rangefinder and that’s okay. As of now you should be able to find the best cheap rangefinder to meet your needs. Remember that if you hunt in mountainous areas having angle compensation is vital. Another feature often only found in higher end models is target priority, the models which have it are a real bonus.

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