I have a Nikon Monarch 880 and love it. I don't range the animal, I range spots all around me. It's amazing how distance looks in different types of woods.
good point!! If you can't open up shooting lanes at least 40 yrds you know the shots will be close if not under the stand.i don't think anybody would need one if the animal is under the stand.and a seasoned bowhunter should be able to cleanly take an animal under 40yrds with out one.i've done it and still do it t this day.i do measure 20,30,40 yrds from my stand though but don't need a range finder.i guess if you had money out the wazzoo by all means.just my opinion.oh i understand their benefits but most bowhunters choose areas with easy shooting
and once the location is chosen the hunters first order of business should be to measure his zone,
know his ranges and clearly mark off some spots.
and like i said a rangefinder is a great tool but it isn't the one tool that's going to make the hunt
better or more successful for a bowhunter,
it would make a world of difference if you saw a muley at 250 yards but a buck at 10,20,30 or 40 that's the big big difference,,
but then again if a guy has loads of extra cash and isnt going to go hungry for buying it i'd say sure, get it why not? :biggrin:
Amen Southern ManIt's a personal preference. I'd agree that if I didn't have one, I wouldn't need one 95% of the time. But if you scout and hang a stand on the spur of the moment and hunt, they can be helpful. One such piece of public ground I hunt is that way. I have few regular stands there and will hang a stand and hunt right then. I have in the past measured off distance, steppped it off, whatever, but that leaves more and more scent in the area. When gun hunting around here I seldom ever use it. I always have it with me but I bought mine for hunting out west. It was after the fact that I seen they can be helpful bowhunting also. Although they were probably intended as a long range tool, they work well at short rang also. I'd say if you have the money to spend, go for it. They're not a necessity for most folks, but can be nice in the right situation. Whatever you do, don't let a rangefinder take you away from practice at different ranges and practicing judging distance. A range finder is a tool, not a substitute.
you can confirm? how? if both are 100 from you how? you lost me.I would kinda like to have one. I can see the need if you hunt unfamiliar terrain, dont have the time to create shooting lanes or don't want to get you scent all over doing that. You cant always count on following you intended game plan anyway. they may show up in a unforeseen shooting lane and it would be nice to be able to range it quickly.
but my reasoning is also twofold. My son is going to start hunting this fall and I will be able to confirm range from his stand to the target with a range finder even if I am over 100 yds away.