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Okay, I went out and set up my 15 foot ladder stand. I put the target 20yards from the base of the tree. I then ranged it from the stand it read 23 yards. Used my 20 yard pin holding right on with no compensation and hit the mark. Moved to 30 yrds from base of tree, ranged 31 yards from the stand. Same results as at 20 yards. Moved to 40 yards from base of tree, ranged 41 at 15 feet up, same results as at 20 yards. Did not compensate, held right on the mark and the arrow landed where I was aming.
Bingo!:pickle:

You can get the same result by using the range finder from the tree stand but instead of spoting on the ground pick a tree the distance you want to check but check it at the same hieght you are in the tree.
 
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:pickle::pickle:I like BINGO. If you had gone by the range finder, 23 yards, the shot would have been high. but you went by the level distance in other words you compensated for the 23 by shooting 20 or shot lower than what you ranged from in the tree stand.:w00t::w00t:
 

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I'll join in as everyone else has. I don't use rangefinders. I bowhunt 20 ft 100% of the time and never take shots beyond 30 yards...just not comfortable at those ranges. I always aim slightly low. My simple little mind puts things in 10 yard increments. I use little orange markers on trees out to 30 yards to help gauge distances. These markers are located where I believe the deer will come through. It's kinda of like primative range finding for me. I don't get caught up in the gadgetry. I try to keep it simple. Maybe that why my bow is 12 years young. Not faulting anyone who uses range finders... great debate though. Should be 40 pages by the time it wraps up
 

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Im with you on this rozman those range finders are expensive,and i also dont shoot past 30 yrds,i also pace off the distances and use markers in my kill zones.never wanted to spend 300+ for a gadget i would probably drop from my stand anyway and break.I also dont shoot more than a 100 yrds for gun hunts so i feel my scope thats sighted in for that distance will do the job.But to each his own .i can see where out west they could come in handy
 

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:pickle::pickle:I like BINGO. If you had gone by the range finder, 23 yards, the shot would have been high. but you went by the level distance in other words you compensated for the 23 by shooting 20 or shot lower than what you ranged from in the tree stand.:w00t::w00t:
Then what's the use in having a range finder? I can do what I have done for the last 25 years and pace it off from the base of the tree. Like I said in an earlier posting, I don't use mine for ranging deer. I mark landmarks from the ground before I hunt. 3 yards doesnt mean squat to a bow shooting 300 plus feet a second. There's barely an 1/8 inch between my 20 and 30 yard pin as it is.
 
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thats the way i did it before the range finder. the point is that you don't need to walk out and mark it. leaving scent out there. range it. plus you could do it from up in the stand by ranging level out to different trees. like pacing it out 20 ft in the air. or use a compensating range finder. how much does 1/8 inch on the pin make?? good hit or wounded deer. downward angle quartering away it doesn't take much to go over and forward or go low and back. anyway again if your system is working for you do it.
 

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Then what's the use in having a range finder? I can do what I have done for the last 25 years and pace it off from the base of the tree. Like I said in an earlier posting, I don't use mine for ranging deer. I mark landmarks from the ground before I hunt. 3 yards doesnt mean squat to a bow shooting 300 plus feet a second. There's barely an 1/8 inch between my 20 and 30 yard pin as it is.
I range landmarks after I get in the tree as well. There are allways shooting lanes you can't see from the ground. But not every body shoots fast bows and it could be the difference in a good hit and a bad one.
 

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Im with you on this rozman those range finders are expensive,and i also dont shoot past 30 yrds,i also pace off the distances and use markers in my kill zones.never wanted to spend 300+ for a gadget i would probably drop from my stand anyway and break.I also dont shoot more than a 100 yrds for gun hunts so i feel my scope thats sighted in for that distance will do the job.But to each his own .i can see where out west they could come in handy
I paid $200 for my Nikon and other than the binoculars it is the most used tool I have in the bag. It really comes in handy during Muzzle loader season where the difference between 100 and 130 yards through the trees is a shoot / don't shoot decision.
 

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the range finder is a real help when you get in a stand you havent been on in a while...the further you range out the more accurate it will be ,less of an angle...range a tree at eye level,,,then range the base of the tree,,
 

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Im not knocking them i have no use for them i dont take long shots i hunt in timber
 

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I agree with what Joel is saying, rangefinders are great for those who hunt where they would be more beneficial.
 
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Do the Math. Personally I hang my stands at 15 ft. so the math for that to find the straight line distance rather than the horizontal distance is done with the pythagorean theorem. At 20 yards the straight line distance is roughly 1 yard different, at 30 yards it would be around 2 feet different, and at 40 yards roughly 1 foot. I'm not saying that you don't have to practice out of an elevated position, just stop using the compensated distance as an excuse for missing a deer.
 

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height of trees stands has many variables i.e. cover,type of terrain,visibility,there is no perfect height.however i no many amateur archers who go up 25ft,shoot their bow 3 days before season and wonder why they wound deer.height is great if needed but the higher you go the smaller the vitals get.
 
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this is a rehash thread that was dug up by someone. i climb high 25 or more. in these mountains i want to be well above the deer before they are in range. deer uphill thing
 
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Hey John, I just threw a few bucks your way. It's on my mom's (Lorna Heisie) credit card, that's why you won't rizngoece the name. It's not much, but hopefully it helps! Thanks for all the thrills, Mr. K!Josh Heisie
 
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