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Whether you’re fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting, knowing the wind’s direction and velocity is critical. You don’t have to throw a handful of dirt in the air and hope for the best when you can use a handheld anemometer (wind meter) to take precise readings. Look for models with large, easy-to-read displays. If you’re going to use your anemometer in cold temps when you’ll be wearing gloves, larger function buttons are always a better choice. Here are three options to consider when choosing a model that’s just right for you.

Budget Friendly

This simple anemometer measures wind speeds from 1 to up to 67 miles per hour. PiscatorZone

If all you want to do is measure wind velocity then an easy-to-use, inexpensive anemometer will do the trick. Many models in the lower price range also provide a readout that measures wind temperature, which is handy. Big, easy-to-read displays are a plus.

More Features

Simple multi-function anemometers like this cost only slightly more than basic anemometers and give you more useful information with each reading. HOLDPEAK

Spend just a bit more and you’ll get an anemometer with a lot more features. Wind speed, temperature and wind chill are accounted for in one LCD display and you have the ability to measure winds in meters per second, kilometers per hour, feet per minute, knots, and miles per hour. Built-in memory functions allow you to recall readings.

Max Features

This ballistic anemometer is drop-proof, dust proof, and waterproof. It measures environmental conditions at your target and plugs them into a ballistics calculator to deliver precise elevation and windage solutions tailored to your cartridge and firearm. It also has bluetooth connectivity and an ‘Easy Mode.’ Proster

If you’re a serious recreational long ranger or an open country hunter, simpler anemometers may be less well suited for your uses. Look instead for models that read wind, temperature, humidity, elevation, and other factors that influence your point of aim. The most expensive versions plug these variables automatically into ballistics calculators that output exactly where you need to hold and will connect with your phone to help you track your shots.