Taylor Johansson

The Best Hunting Rangefinders According to Taylor

For many, hunting is a way to spend quality time in the great outdoors, and, when successful, a great way to put food on the table.  Adding a quality rangefinder to your trusty rifle can increase your chances of coming home with more than a story about the ones that got away.

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When looking for a new rangefinder, the three main factors to consider are clarity, accuracy, and range.  Once you’ve established your needs in terms of these areas, you can decide what, if any, optional features speak to you.  Quality rangefinders can start at a few hundred bucks and go all the way up to over a thousand dollars, so understanding your budget limitations is important, too.  No need getting your heart set on a model that you just can’t afford.

Clarity, as you’d probably guess, refers to how clearly you can see targets through the rangefinder lens.  Exceptional clarity means you can make out more details, which can help you line up your best shot.  Some models lose clarity at greater distances, even if those distances are within the advertised range.

Accuracy is a pretty simple concept, too.  A rangefinder that claims you can see a target from 1,500 yards away doesn’t seem so great if it only offers an accuracy level of about 70%.  Does it really help if you can see that big ol’ buck but can’t rely on your rangefinder to accurately tell you how far away he is?  Paying more for a longer range is a waste if you can’t get matching accuracy.

Range, of course, refers to how far away the rangefinder can “see” potential targets.  Most models offer advertised ranges of between 500 and 1,500 feet.  The type of hunting you intend to do will determine whether you need the longest range (combined with great clarity and accuracy, of course) or if you can get by with less range.

Once you’ve got these areas squared away, consider how models handle different ambient light situations.  Some models will perform well in lower-light situations like expeditions into the woods and dusk or dawn hunts.  Other models are best suited to bright sunshine or snowy whiteout conditions.  Still others are great for nighttime hunting.  Be sure you research how any models you consider will handle your lighting needs.  There are definitely some high-quality models that work in any light conditions, so you should be able to find a model that works for you even if you’re the type who likes to hunt anywhere, anytime.

If you often find yourself hunting in snowy or rainy weather, make sure to look for models that are water resistant, or even waterproof.

More advanced rangefinders feature the ability to make compensations for ammo, slope, and wind.  Ballistics compensation features make recommendations that correspond to basic data you input about the ammo you’re using.  Since you aren’t always level with your target, some rangefinders are able to calculate the angle between you and the target to help you get the best shot lined up.  Since wind can definitely affect trajectory, hunters who often face windy conditions often opt for rangefinders that take wind speed and direction into account when making calculations.

In addition to functionality, consider a rangefinder ease of use and portability, too.  Some models have to be mounted on a tripod–certainly not ideal for every hunter.  Some are very small, but too small can be a problem, too.  Cold or gloved hands can have a hard time fishing a small rangefinder out of a pocket or gear bag.  Making sure your new tool is easy to carry and use can mean the difference between a new tool that you actually use and just another piece of equipment that gets left behind.  If you want a rangefinder/scope combo, you can find a reliable model that will mount to your rifle.  Just be sure to know what configuration your rifle can handle and whether the mounting kit is included or will need to be purchased separately.

Armed with good knowledge about what makes a rangefinder effective is a great way to get what you need without wasting your hard-earned dough. Now go to bestrangefinder.reviews to find the best rangefinder for hunters.

Natural Pest Control Solutions

Let’s state the obvious upfront. If you don’t want pests in your house, don’t make it easy for them. Don’t leave any food or water (aka tasty looking treats) casually lying out for them, clean up after yourself. When the trash can is full, take the bags out. Don’t leave food and drink containers open for bugs to discover, keep them sealed up. Every living thing needs water so make sure your home is bone dry. And finally, shut down all potential ingress and egress routes.

ANTS

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Clean up after yourself. Make sure you clean up after yourself and that you remove every last trace of crumbs and sticky jam. Honey and sugar containers (even chocolate spread) should have lids replaced properly and wiped down to remove any spillages.

Repellants. There are a few natural repellants you can use to dissuade ants from coming into your home. Firstly, they have an aversion to cucumber, so leave some cucumber peel or slices around your kitchen or where you know the ants come in. They also don’t like mint, so leave a few used mint tea bags in areas where you know they frequent.

Close the roads. If you know where the ants gain access to your home from there are a number of household products you can lay down that they will not cross: lines of cayenne pepper, lemon juice or used coffee grounds all deter them.

Don’t set patterns. Ants don’t like having their routine changed, so if you know where they like to frolic when you are not around, leave a light on in that area for a few nights, they will quickly be discouraged from returning.

Clean up after them. Ants like to let other ants know where they have been by leaving a scent trail. If you know where they go, wipe down after they have been there and remove any trace of them. Use a vinegar based cleanser: 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water, 12 drops peppermint, clove, eucalyptus oil to thoroughly scrub down the surfaces.

MOSQUITOS

This 2006 photo made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The Chikungunya virus, spread by mosquitoes such as this and the Aedes albopictus species, causes fever and agonizing joint pain that can last for months. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, James Gathany)

Don’t let them in. We all know that mozzies come out during early morning and dusk and that their favourite places have warm, still air. Keep windows and doors closed, particularly during these times, and get mozzie nets up if you don’t want unwelcome visitors.

Don’t give them access to water. Mosquitos thrive in standing water so make you regularly change your pet’s water, empty the bird baths and don’t leave the paddling pool full. Make sure all gutters and drains can flow freely.

Make your environment unappealing. Mosquitos don’t appreciate strong smells so if you are cooking outdoors throw rosemary or sage on your barbecue; you will enjoy its pleasant aroma, the mozzies won’t. They also don’t like garlic: hang garlic bulbs up as a deterrent.

FLIES

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Repellants. Flies don’t like strong smells like mint, clove or eucalyptus so make up small sachets with a combination of these and hang them around the house. Flies also don’t like sweet basil, so either hang up bunches of it or bring in plant containers and leave them next to open doors.

Homemade fly paper. If you find the shop bought ones aren’t as effective as they could be, you can supplement them with homemade papers. In a bowl make up a solution of corn syrup and granulated sugar. Dip strips of brown kraft paper into the sugar solution and leave them to go tacky overnight. Punch a hole in them in and hang them up where needed.

SPIDERS

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Repellants. Spiders really don’t like peppermint or citrus oils, so spray these oils on webs, around doors or in dark places where you know they like to hide. Spiders taste with their feet so they will avoid standing in these oils.

Good luck!