Bushnell 202206 User Manual

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Congratulations on a laser rangefinder that is tested, proven and endorsed by the world’s most successful bowhunter.

When the world leader in laser rangefinder technology and the world’s most successful bowhunter put their heads together on a project, it’s all about putting heads on the wall. Enter the finest archery-specificspecimen on the planet. Extremely lightweight and compact, the new Bushnell® BowHunterChuck Adams Edition laser rangefinder excels from tree stands and steep terrain thanks to Angle Range Compensation (ARC). Hit the FIRE button and it calculates the“shoots-like”distance based on the angle of your shot. Featuring Bow Mode, this unit simultaneously displaysline-of-sight,angle, and true horizontal distance from5-99yards so you always know what pin. And if by chance you also rifle hunt, the BowHunter will accurately provide line of sight distance from5-850yards.



Your BUSHNELL® BOWHUNTERCHUCK ADAMS EDITION laser rangefinder is a precision instrument designed to provide many years of enjoyment. This booklet will help you achieve optimum performance by explaining its adjustments and features as well as how to care for this precise laser rangefinding instrument. To ensure optimal performance and longevity, please read these instructions before using your BowHunter laser rangefinder.


The BowHunteremits invisible, eye safe, infrared energy pulses. The Advanced Digital microprocessor and ASIC chip(Application-SpecificIntegrated Circuit) results in instantaneous and accurate readings every time. Sophisticated digital technology instantaneously calculates distances by measuring the time it takes for each pulse to travel from the rangefinder, to the target, and back.


The ranging accuracy of the BowHunter is plus or minus one yard/meter under most circumstances. The maximum range of the instrument depends on the reflectivity of the target.The maximum distance for most objects is 600 yards/549 meters while for highly reflective objects the maximum is 850 yards 777 meters, and 200 yards/183 meters to a deer sized animal. Note: You will get both longer and shorter maximum distances depending on the reflective properties of the particular target and the environmental conditions at the time the distance of an object is being measured.

The color, surface finish, size and shape of the target all affect reflectivity and range. The brighter the color, the longer the range. White is highly reflective, for example, and allows longer ranges than the color black, which is the least reflective color. A shiny finish provides more range than a dull one. A small target is more difficult to range than a larger target. The angle to the target also has an effect. Shooting to a target at a 90 degree angle (where the target surface is perpendicular to the flight path of the emitted energy pulses) provides good range while a steep angle on the other hand, provides limited ranging. In addition, lighting conditions (e.g. the amount of sunlight) will affect


the ranging capabilities of the unit. The less light (e.g. overcast skies) the farther the unit’s maximum range will be. Conversely, very sunny days will decrease the unit’s maximum range.



Remove the battery cap by lifting the battery door tab and then rotating counter clockwise. Insert a CR-23-voltlithium battery into the compartment positive end first, then replace the battery cap.

NOTE: It is recommended that the battery be replaced at least once every 12 months.


While looking through the 4x eyepiece, depress the power button once to activate the in-viewLiquid Crystal Display (LCD). Place the aiming circle (located in the center of the field of view) upon a target at least 5 yards away, depress and hold the power button down until the range reading is displayed near the bottom of thein-viewdisplay. Crosshairs surrounding the aiming circle indicate that the laser is being transmitted. Once a range has been acquired, you can release the power button. The crosshairs surrounding the aiming circle will disappear once the power button has been released or a distance has been displayed (i.e. the laser is no longer being transmitted). Note: Once activated, the LCD will remain active and display the last distance measurement for 30 seconds. You can depress the power button again at any time to distance to a new target. As with any laser device, it is not recommended to directly view the emissions for long periods of time with magnified lenses. The maximum time the laser is transmitted (fired) is 10 seconds. Tore-fire,press the button down again.



The BowHunterfeatures a Perma Focus monocular optical system for viewing your target. A liquid crystal display (LCD) is mounted within the optical system and when activated, displays unit of measure, a reticle for targeting, when the laser is actively firing, when a target has been acquired, battery life indicator and Bow mode indicator. Inherent in the manufacturing process are small black spots that appear in the optical system. These are a natural characteristic of the LCD and cannot be fully eliminated in the manufacturing process. They do not affect the distancing performance of the unit. A summary of these features is presented below.


The BowHuntercan be used to measure distances in yards or meters. The unit of measure indicators are located in the lower right portion of the LCD. To select between yards and meters, the unit should be off. While looking through the eyepiece, press and hold the POWER button down for approximately 5 seconds. During this time all liquid crystal segments and icons will be displayed. As you continue to depress the power button, the display will toggle back and forth between Yards and Meters. Once the unit of measure desired is displayed, simply release the power button. The device will return to the last unit of measure setting used each time the unit is turned on.


Place the aiming circle (located in the center of the field of view) upon a target at least 5 yards away, depress and hold the power button down until the range reading is displayed near the bottom of the in-viewdisplay.


Crosshairs surrounding the aiming circle indicate that the laser is being transmitted. Once a range has been acquired, you can release the power button. The crosshairs surrounding the circle will disappear once the power button has been released or a distance has been displayed (i.e. the laser is no longer being transmitted).



Battery Indicator: Within the display is a battery icon.

Full charge

2/3 battery life remaining 1/3 battery Life remaining

Battery Indicator Blinks - Battery needs to be replaced and unit will not be operable.

ARC (Angle Range Compensation): In addition to all of the features described above, the BowHunter is an advanced premium laser rangefinder featuring abuilt-inaccelerometer-basedinclinometer that digitally displays the exact angle from-90to +90 degrees of elevation and is +/- 1.0 degree accurate.

The BowHuntersolves a problembow-huntershave been faced with for years. The problem:Bow-huntershave struggled with extreme uphill and downhill angles because of how these angles alter true horizontal distance to your target. The Solution: ARC’s integrated inclinometer provides elevation angle to allow for distance compensation when targeting objects that are either uphill or downhill.

Bow Mode (): Displays line of sight distance, degree of elevation, and true distance range from5-99yards / meters and a maximum inclination of +/- 90°.

Once the range is displayed, continue to hold the POWER button down for approximately 2 seconds while holding the aiming circle on the object and keeping the unit as steady as possible so as to allow the inclinometer enough time to measure angle. Then release the POWER button. Once you have released the power button, a degree of angle and compensated range will be displayed beneath the line of sight distance as seen in the images below.


When line of sight distances from 5-99yards are displayed, the Bow mode indicator will automatically be displayed along with angle and a compensated distance. If distances greater than 99 yards are displayed, the Bow mode Indicator will automatically turn off along with compensated distances.


Line of sight is 32 yards, angle is -44degrees, and the Angle Range Compensated distance is 23 yards. The “” means “play” or “shoot as,” so instead of shooting as 32 yards, shoot as 23 yards. If you were to shoot as if 32 yards, you would shoot over the top of the deer because of the severe angle.

The line of sight distance will display in the primary numeric display and the inclination and horizontal distance will display in the secondary numeric displays. Bushnell® determined through extensive testing and interviews with highprofile bow hunting experts that multiple bow ballistic groups were not necessary.Bow-hunterswant to know true horizontal distance because that is how they practice shooting, and once they confidently know that, they can make any necessary adjustments. Giving thebow-hunteranything else other than horizontal distance creates additional confusion and uncertainty.

Many people mistakenly believe that uphill shots perform differently from downhill shots because of gravity. However, it is not due to gravity, but more of an aberration of the sighting system used on bows. The sighting pin on a bow resides several inches above the mechanical axis of the arrow. For example, when one is aiming 23 degrees up an incline, the arrow is at a different angle.

NOTE: We took the most commonly used features and included them all in a simple to use, one button operation device. This laser rangefinder always functions in Bow mode from5-99yards. The device will provide line of sight distance only when objects greater than 99 yards are acquired.



Dimensions: Pocket Size Vertical Design, measuring 1.4 x 2.4 x 3.8 inches Weight: 5.2 oz.

Accuracy: +/- 1 yard Magnification: 4x Built-InInclinometer

ARC provides bow-hunterstrue horizontal distance from5-99yards Power Source: 3- volt lithium battery included

FOV: 430 ft. @ 1000 yards Total Eye Relief: 20mm Exit Pupil: 5 mm RainProof

5-yardminimum, 850 yards to a reflective target, 600 yards to a tree, 200 yards to a deer


Gently blow away any dust or debris on the lenses (or use a soft lens brush). To remove dirt or fingerprints, clean with a soft cotton cloth, rubbing in a circular motion. Use of a coarse cloth or unnecessary rubbing may scratch the lens surface and eventually cause permanent damage. For a more thorough cleaning, photographic lens tissue and photographic-typelens cleaning fluid or isopropyl alcohol may be used. Always apply the fluid to the cleaning cloth - never directly on the lens.


If unit does not turn on – LCD does not illuminate:

Depress POWER button.

Check and if necessary, replace battery.