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This often comes up when im with my hunting buddies. Do you use a rangefinder? Why or why not?

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  • #16
    Never used one. I would like to get one someday. They would be very usefull for bow hunting

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    • #17
      Yes, but not while a deer is comming. I prerange out different trees along corridors so there is less movement when an animal is comming.

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      • #18
        No, I just can't bring myself to spend the money on one.

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        • #19
          I had rather forget my binoculars than my rangefinder. I figured out long ago that in the wide open west where I hunt no one can accurately figure the range, not even natives. The rangefinder will make a lier out of you most of the time. It also decreased the distance that a lot of people claimed they killed animals since a guy with a rangefinder could check out the shot. Just practicing with one will give you a more secure mental idea of what a specific distance looks like. Money well spent if you hunt with a rifle in open country. In the trees of the east its probably just something else to lug around.

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          • #20
            Yes, I hunt in Idaho. Open areas, and forest areas. In order to make the most humane kill, I want to know the yardage. I constantly practice on small 3-D deer targets out to 70 yards, not that I want to take a 70 yard shot. I have seen for 10-30 yds. I can use the same pin, put after that the drop is exponential. 5 yds could be the difference in a killing shot and a wounding shot.

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            • #21
              Depends. If you hunt whitetail from a treestand with a bow there is no need for a rangefinder. You will probably take no more than a 40 yd shot in the woods and you should be walking off those yardages prior to hunting that stand so you can get your bearings on what those distances look like from that stand's point of view. However if you're using a gun and will be shooting 70+ yards it would be a decent investment.

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              • #22
                Never have. My shooting lanes aren't that far so I don't really need one.

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                • #23
                  i do because i like to be sure, the only time i dont is if the deer is coming in fast and cant get them out in time

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                  • #24
                    just pace out landmarks and remember than. you will never have technology error that way.

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                    • #25
                      Yes I do!!!

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