Bow Hunting Rangefinder – Nikon Arrow ID 5000 Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder

Bow Hunting Rangefinder - Nikon Arrow ID 5000 Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder
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The Nikon bow hunting rangefinder 16228 is specifically designed for the bowhunter. It builds on the reputation and features of past Nikon models. It’s also similar in size and appearance to the popular Nikon Arrow ID 3000 rangefinder. But it includes some more advanced features similar to those found in the Nikon Prostaff and Riflehunter models. So in this review, we explore these features and ask if they combine to make a winning archery rangefinder?

The Nikon 16228 bow hunting rangefinder

The Nikon Arrow ID 5000 bow hunting rangefinder also has a dark green compact body like the Aculon model.  On the top of the device are two buttons for controlling its operation. The power-range button is nearest the eyepiece, while the mode control button is nearer the objective lens.  An adjustable eyepiece to focus the rangefinder is located at the rear of the unit. Below that is the battery compartment.

Nikon’s ID Technology For True Horizontal Range

The Arrow ID 5000 incorporates Nikon’s ID (incline/decline) angle compensation technology. Thi gives the user a true horizontal range to the target. This feature is most useful when the angle of the shots are large. Bowhunters often encounter these severe angle shots when hunting from a treestand for example. For the archer small differences in line-of sight and true horizontal ranges can make a big difference to the success of a shot. This feature is what makes this Nikon an ideal bow rangefinder.

Nikon Arrow 5000 bow hunting rangefinder Target Priorities

The Arrow ID 5000 uses Nikon’s Tru-Target technology. This feature allows the hunter to select what target to prioritise when faced with a split range reading. This is possible when for example an archer is aiming at a distant deer through closer branches or bushes. By setting the target priority to “Distant Mode” the device will automatically read out only the range to the target deer. The  Arrow ID 5000 bow hunting rangefinder is ideally suited to the archer. This will be the most common mode used for the archer. A shooter, on the other hand, may want to use the “First Mode” where the target may appear in front of a background of trees etc.

Less field of view than the Arrow ID 3000

The Arrow ID 5000 has an x6 magnification. The upside of x6 magnification is that this rangefinder could be used for general hunting. Many people have used 6x or higher power rangefinders successfully for archery hunting. But it makes sense to design a bow rangefinder with x4 magnification specifically for bow hunting. The Nikon Arrow 3000 has an x4 magnification but lacks the waterproofing of the 5000. In all other respects, the Nikon Arrow ID 5000 has near identical features to the 3000 but is more expensive.

Combining the ID and Tru-Target priority technology is what we want to see in an archery rangefinder. Having extra magnification when trying to range small targets at larger distances can be a great thing. But when bow hunting this can be a disadvantage because we are usually ranging a larger target like a deer at close range. So having an x6 magnification for the bowhunter makes it harder to locate, track and range a potentially moving target.

Setting Up and Using the Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 5000 Bow Rangefinder

Use the “mode” button near the lens to set up the device options which include:

  • range in yards or meters
  • angle to read line-of-sight or angle compensated distances
  • target priority to  First or Distant target priority.

Most people will set the unit up to measure in yards. Set angle compensated distances and Distant priority and not need to change these settings. To use the rangefinder you simply press the power-range button once to turn on the display. Press once more to range a target and its distance will be displayed. Like the Nikon Arrow 3000, the Nikon Arrow ID 5000 also has a continuous scan mode which is activated by pressing and holding the power-range button. In this mode, the display will update the range data as you move between targets for up to eight seconds.

The LCD Display

The Arrow Id 5000 features a black LCD display.  The reticle displays the measured distance directly underneath the reticle center. The display screen is also typically uncluttered and displays ranges to the nearest yard or meter with a +/- 1-yard accuracy up to 100 yards. The display shows a “Y” or “M” icons next to the range distance to show the measurement units. The Nikon’s ID (incline/decline) angle compensation feature when enabled displays an  “ang” icon. Similarly, the First or Distant target priority mode has its own icon in the display. The Arrow Id 5000 maximum range of 600 yards which easily covers all range requirements of a bow hunting rangefinder.

Specifications

  • Display Black LCD
  • Magnification: 6x
  • Weight: 6.2 oz
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.4″ x 1.5″ x 2.8″
  • Max Range: Reflective – 600 yds
  • Angle Compensation: Yes
  • Battery: CR2 Lithium
  • waterproof
  • Warranty: 2 Year Limited

Our Verdict

The Nikon Arrow ID 5000  has Nikon’s famous optics technology. Also, the angle compensation is ideal along with the ability to set target priority modes for ranging through cover. The 6x magnification offers a narrower field of view than the Arrow 3000 which has the advantage that it helps to locate large targets quickly at close ranges. However, the waterproofing of the 5000 model is a good feature to have for the archer. Based on your needs you will have to decide whether the 3000 or the 5000 is best. The Nikon Arrow 5000 will cost around  $220. It has all the features needed in a bow rangefinder for the archer.