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Old 09-21-2019, 02:26 PM   #1
bcj jones
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I hunt in central Texas, from a bow stand and a feeder. Typically set about 20 yards apart and I probably wouldnít take a shot past 30-35 yards. Is a rangefinder necessary? Do yíall use one often enough to justify buying one?
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Old 09-21-2019, 02:31 PM   #2
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I have one, but I generally range objects around me and pretend that I can remember how far they are. I’ve used it a lot coyote hunting though.
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Old 09-21-2019, 02:34 PM   #3
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I always have one with me. If the feeder is a known 20 yards without an option to shot much further than you probably donít need one. I have had plenty of shot chances at 30-40 yards and really needed that range finder.
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:59 PM   #4
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Take mine just in case
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Old 09-21-2019, 04:33 PM   #5
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I range my shooting spots/lanes and put rocks, logs, corn piles, or some other kind of marker at known distances. This way I don't have to have any excess movement when deer are in shooting range. Can adjust my sights accordingly.
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Old 09-21-2019, 04:38 PM   #6
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I range my shooting spots/lanes and put rocks, logs, corn piles, or some other kind of marker at known distances. This way I don't have to have any excess movement when deer are in shooting range. Can adjust my sights accordingly.
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Old 09-21-2019, 05:13 PM   #7
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I always carry mine!
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:21 PM   #8
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I always carry one...if not just to test my own ranging abilities while i'm bored haha.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:44 PM   #9
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I have always carried one with me no matter if bow or rifle was in hand. BUT, last year during Archery I had two 8ís and a 10 walk in on me and I got popped ranging one of them at 18 yards. In my head I was thinking 20 but ranging said 18 because of elevation in stand. Either way my gut Range would have done it. Too much movement got me so I changed to a rangefinder sight on Bow. If you get one, Range points of interest and remember them so you donít have to move around outside of letting one fly!

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Old 09-22-2019, 10:59 PM   #10
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A lot of money is spent to bow hunt to not have a $150 range finder. People did it for a long time without one, but that’s because they were unavailable. At least with a range finder, you’ll know it was shooter error.

Last year I missed my target buck because I didn’t range. It was past prime time and the sun had come up so I stood up to take my vest off, and when I did, I had to take off my range finder since I have it strapped around my neck and under my armpit. I forgot to put it back on after I took my vest off. Low and behold, my target deer came in behind me and caught my wind. By the time I saw him, he had just started to turn and walk away. I reached down to grab my range finder and it wasn’t there. CRAP!! Too late now, he’s moving. I stopped him and guess him at around 40, settled my pin and let it fly. It went right over his back. I got down and ranged and it was 32 yards. Had I been able to use my range finder, that deer would be on my wall. Never saw him again.

I say all this because you just never know and it’s better to be sure than sorry.
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Old 09-23-2019, 01:46 PM   #11
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I use mine before the season starts. I know how far it is to the feeder and just the other side. I keep my shots to within 25 yards so I don't really need one. Now, if I was spotting and stalking or if I felt comfortable taking longer shots then I most certainly would. no doubt.
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Old 09-23-2019, 01:48 PM   #12
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I have mine with me. Sometimes the big buck stands outside the feeder area and you might not know the range.
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Old 09-23-2019, 01:49 PM   #13
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Carry mine on every hunt I ever go on.
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Old 09-23-2019, 01:50 PM   #14
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A lot of money is spent to bow hunt to not have a $150 range finder. People did it for a long time without one, but thatís because they were unavailable. At least with a range finder, youíll know it was shooter error.

Last year I missed my target buck because I didnít range. It was past prime time and the sun had come up so I stood up to take my vest off, and when I did, I had to take off my range finder since I have it strapped around my neck and under my armpit. I forgot to put it back on after I took my vest off. Low and behold, my target deer came in behind me and caught my wind. By the time I saw him, he had just started to turn and walk away. I reached down to grab my range finder and it wasnít there. CRAP!! Too late now, heís moving. I stopped him and guess him at around 40, settled my pin and let it fly. It went right over his back. I got down and ranged and it was 32 yards. Had I been able to use my range finder, that deer would be on my wall. Never saw him again.

I say all this because you just never know and itís better to be sure than sorry.
x2 Happened to me last year except that this deer popped out of no where and didn't have time to range him. Ended up shooting under him
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:01 PM   #15
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I range spots where most traffic is from before the hunt so I know the distances. I always take one with me in case a target is at a unknown distance and I can range it without being seen.
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:06 PM   #16
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Always. I know my feed pens like the back of my hand but it never hurts to verify.
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:06 PM   #17
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Depends on your setup really. Anywhere I'd shoot a deer at my setup is a max 25 yards or closer, depending on where deer are relative to the feeder. I just bring my bag target and practice shots at various angles, but since there are no potential long shots, it's not really an issue.
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:08 PM   #18
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Must have for a serious bow hunter!!
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:19 PM   #19
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I've never regretted using one. I have regretted not using one.
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:22 PM   #20
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I've never regretted using one. I have regretted not using one.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:02 PM   #21
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If you only have a couple stands with feeders then it’s pretty easy to remember distances and not really necessary. I have 15 or so stands available to hunt plus a pop up that’s easy to move around. I also walk to stands and frequently see hogs and occasionally a doe or cull buck I might want to shoot. To me, a rangefinder is right up there with my release. Your setup sounds like you could get away with objects to mark distances pre-hunt.
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