There is nothing like the relationship between an outdoor enthusiast and their gear. Technology and advancements in innovations have brought some pretty neat stuff to the world of hunting, fishing and travel. In the month of July, we will look at some of these amazing gadgets and hope to give you some insights that just might help you save some dollars in your quest to get the edge over the outdoors.
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The importance of this device cannot be overstated...ever. I have a pretty good eye for distances. But, if you are off by only a few yards, it could be the difference between a wounded animal and a harvested one. It is always better to know than to guess.
A trip to Bass Pro or any other local sporting goods shop will reveal that the cost for these pieces of hand held gold is reasonable. They start at prices just under $100 and stretches up to many hundreds of dollars. The trick about what is "best" is to first ask the right questions: What will it be used for? Do you need one that accounts for angle compensation for shots out of a tree stand or from a mountain ridge down into a valley? Are you shooting in thick brush or wide-open country?
If you are needing to pin-point something the diameter of a golf flag at 350 yards, prepare to drop a wad of money. For most hunters, it is going to depend on your terrain and whether or not you need a rangefinder that is completely water-proof as opposed to water-resistant.
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Lets talk candidly for a moment. How many of you typically take shots on animals at a distance greater than 200 yards? If you are a responsible hunter and are wanting to take a deer, hog, elk or bear humanely, most rifle shots are going to occur under 200 yards and likely under 100. If you use a bow or crossbow, your shots are normally inside 40 yards. If you hunt from a ground blind, like I do, your shots are all flat. So, no angle compensation is required.
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The other thing I like about a rangefinder is if you choose to setup in a new spot on a whim that has a lot deer sign around. You don't have to soil the area with having to walk the distances off to guestimate the yardages for your shots. You just get set up and pull out the rangefinder. After a few minutes shooting different objects to know the distances, you're good! No smells left behind!
Whether you are the kind of person that has to spend a lot of money to feel good about your purchase or you squeeze the nickel so hard the President screams uncle, there is a model of rangefinder that will fit your needs and take the guess work out of your distance control on your next shot.