Can You Use a Hunting Rangefinder for Golf?

One question we hear occasionally is “Can you use a hunting rangefinder for golf?”.

“Nikon LRF600

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The quick answer is yes, but it’s not always as easy as using a rangefinder designed specifically for golf. Almost all name brand golf rangefinders are designed to pick out the pin from background objects by locking onto the object that is the closest to you. Bushnell calls it Pinseeker, Leupold calls it PinHunter and Callaway/Nikon refers to it as First Target Priority Mode. These technologies definitely make it easier and faster to get a reading about which you’ll feel confident.

Many hunting rangefinders are designed to do the opposite. They easily pick up the more distant objects, rather than closer objects. That eliminates the problem of leaves and brush in the foreground for hunters. Even so, there are some hunting rangefinders that golfers find work pretty well and the Nikon LRF600 is a great one to try as the price is right and the feedback from golfers is generally good.

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On the other hand, if you’re looking for a rangefinder designed to work for both hunting and golf, the Nikon Monarch Gold 1200 has the ability to switch between golf and hunting modes. It’s on the pricey side, but it might be better than buying one of each!


  1. They do make a few that will do both they are pricey but cheaper than buying two different ones. Theres a fair amount of golfers that pick up the hunting one and can’t get them to read the flags and the golf ones are no good for hunting because hunting is based on FPS calculations to target and the golf ones are more based off of the slope & trajectory calculations. You could get readings from either or but will have a harder time trying to get readings off the poles with a hunting range finder and while hunting could be off with your shot with a golf rangefinder. I suggest to find one that will do both or buy them seperately especially for hunting and theres too much potential to wound wild game.

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