The Nikon 16224 bow rangefinder is designed with the bow hunter in mind. It builds on the reputation and features of past Nikon models. It’s also similar In size and appearance to the popular Nikon Aculon budget 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 16224 bow rangefinder
The Nikon Arrow ID 3000 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 3000 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.
The Arrow ID 3000 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 3000 bow 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.
More field of view and easier ranging and location of large or moving animals
Combining the ID and Tru-Target priority technology with 4x magnification is new for a Nikon 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. Having an x4 magnification gives the bow hunter a greater field of view making it easier to locate, track and range a potentially moving target. 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.
Setting Up and Using the Nikon 16224 Arrow ID 3000 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. The Nikon Arrow ID 3000 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 3000 features a black LCD display. The measured distance is displayed directly underneath the reticle. 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. TheArrow Id 3000 maximum range of 550 yards easily covers all bow hunting ranges
Weight: 4.8 oz
Dimensions (L x W x H): 3.6″ x 1.5″ x 2.9″
Max Range:Reflective – 550 yds
Angle Compensation: Yes
Battery: CR2 Lithium
Warranty: 2 Year Limited
The Nikon Arrow ID 3000 packs in all the features including the famous Nikon optics technology that a good bow hunting rangefinder needs. Also, for steep angle shots, the angle compensation is ideal. Target priority modes for ranging through cover combined with the 4x magnification offering a wider field of view. This helps to locate large targets quickly at close ranges. Furthermore, the combination of all these features with a great price point at around $190 is all you could ask for in a bow rangefinder for the archer.