As a gear minimalist—a guy who likes to carry a light load in the field to remain mobile—I appreciate when a company is able to combine two products to offer dual functionality in one package. During a whitetail hunt in Missouri this year, I was able to test the Bushnell Fusion 1-Mile ARC binocular with a built-in rangefinder. It’s a legit piece of equipment.
I envy a hunter who can get by without a rangefinder and rely on pure skill to range game; however, I have yet to meet someone who can do so with unfailing certainty at a variety of ranges. It’s difficult to estimate how far critters are from the end of your gun muzzle or broadhead, so that’s why I carry a rangefinder. And almost always, I carry a binocular. Bushnell has successfully merged these two pieces of gear in the highly advanced Fusion 1-Mile ARC. It’s not much of a surprise, considering Bushnell was the first company to offer a laser rangefinder to hunters and shooters in 1995.
From sunup to sundown, I glassed my surroundings in the Show Me State, hoping it would show me a mature buck. I never saw a big boy, but I did see a lot of other deer and a collection of marvelously subtle sights through the lenses of a Fusion. Hey, what better time to test the limits of a binocular than when you’re desperate for action, spending hours upon hours in the field? I glassed a spike buck long enough to believe it might suddenly transform into a Booner when it stepped out of the brush for the 10th time. I glassed and ranged a crow harassing a flock of hen turkeys at 273 yards, considering for a moment that I should perhaps end the bullying while testing the accuracy of the Fusion … and my Ruger American rifle.
In a nutshell, after my 3-day experience with the innovative Bushnell Fusion, I give it a thumbs-up. The lens clarity was solid in a variety of lighting conditions and the rangefinder worked as advertised. Pick one up and you’ll realize it’s got some mass to it, but it’s worth its weight in features and the body can surely take a beating. For “about a thousand bucks, give or take,” the Fusion line offers a lot of value at a reasonable price point. And if you buy a Fusion and don’t agree with my assessment, the Bushnell Bulletproof Guarantee allows you to send it back for a full refund within 1 year of purchase.
Want more specifics about the Fusion? There’s no need for me to spit a bunch of specs at you when you can get the info directly from the Bushnell website. Otherwise, watch the video below for a quick Fusion fix.