August 10, 2011 at 8:45pm
Shark, the biggest thing I can tell you about rangefinders is that they are like cars. You get what you pay for. Like the guys are saying its gonna be tough to find a good deal right now because season is so close but they are out there. My suggestion is the Nikon Archers choice for bow hunting. They have angle elevation compensation and it is very easy to switch from the angle mode to shooting on the ground. The is an older version that is going pretty cheap right now because it only ranges out to 99 yards in the angle mode but it will range out to 200 when not in the angle mode. The real key though is in how high your stands are and how hilly is the area you hunt. Anything with over 5 degrees has to have some kind of compensation and that doesn't really matter if you are on the ground or in the air. It is very tricky but if you practice it and log your shots on a note pad you will learn it quickly and then a rangefinder isn't really necessary. Man I could go on for days on this topic but I will cut it short. If you can do it get you a range finder that will calculate elevation and give you the correct pin to shoot and then after the season is out get into shooting some 3d tournaments. It is cheap and a lot of fun and you will learn a ton!