Beats the heck out of a string with different yardages marked in electric tape or a 100' tape measure.....thats how I used to do it. Then I bought a coincidence type, then a Yardage pro was on clearance for under $100 and I bought it. I range different trees landmarks, a perimeter like area, then put it away...I do guess at the distance first, then range it, to keep myself calibrated....
The Nikon Rifle Hunter 550 is my choice, have had it two years; rain, mist, snow, fog, and true readings through ground bind windows.
Love the Nikon 550 and the retractable cord, won’t leave it in the woods, hooked to my Primos bow vest that has a pocket designed for the range finder.
I love my Nikon, nice big readings, easy to read. I use it more for practice than hunting, not a lot of time to mess with it when deer are around. I use it when I first get into the tree to earmark reference points.
i have a nikon 400 and it is awesome for what i need, bout the size of a pack of cigerettes, fits right in my front pocket. i've found it gives me a TON of extra confindence regardless of the length of the shot...'94
Except another expensive thing to carry in the woods that needs a battery and might get lost.
Once you get past that they're awesome. Mine has already paid for itself by saving arrows at the range when practicing on 3d targets at unknown distances. I also use mine to calibrate myself on distances. I force myself to estimate the distance, then use the rangefinder to verify. If you do this a lot you get very good at estimating distance. Also works great to pre-range trees or other objects in your hunting area.
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