Thoughts on rangefinder sights.

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  1. Styledog

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    I'm interested to know everyone's thoughts on the rangefinder sights on the market ?
    (Garmin Xero, IQ laser sight, Burris sight)

    Do you like or dislike this concept?
    Do the detract from the skill of hunting or is the main skill the stalking.

    I have no idea the general feeling and as I'm new to bowhunting, I am hungry for information from you experienced hunters out there.





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    I am hearing that in the woods, they often give false readings b/c they reflect off branches, leaves, etc.
    Also, while I do have some tech on my bow; with the exception of a rheostat which I almost never use it's all mechanical. And those rheostats have failed me more than once.

    Based on that and life in general; I just don't trust electronics in the woods. Certainly not something as vital as my sights.
     
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    I personally think they're really cool and look forward to seeing what sort of advancements they make in the future to continue improving them. Both in terms of functionality as well as size and pricing. Right now they're simply too far out of most people's price range and still bring some of that fear of not working when you need it. Although most of them have some sort of manual fallback in the event of a problem so the fear that you won't be able to shoot at all is relatively unfounded.

    For me and the way I hunt, even though I like the concept, it's really not necessary. I keep the vast majority of my shots under 30 yards on whitetails and only need a single pin set at 23-25 yards to get the job done. A rangefinding sight would only help me on further shots, which are very rare and I try to avoid at all costs. So again, for me, the cost of the product, the added weight on my bow and the "fear factor" don't outweigh the benefits and make me want to get one.

    Now I will say I talked with PJ Reilly at Lancaster Archery who said they sold an absolute pile of them when they first hit the market and haven't had any returns and very minimal negative feedback. So the people who are buying them appear to really be liking them for what it's worth.
     
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    interesting info from PJ- while I was at my local pro shop I personally heard them caution 3 different guys against buying them based on the false reading/over sensitivity concern I mentioned above. In fact that's where I heard about the issue. From what I heard it wasn't hard "don't buy" advice so much as a "buyer beware" kind of advice.

    I'm all for anything that helps people make more clean ethical shots. I'm not prejudiced against using tech as a sport purity thing; I just worry that hunting being Murphy's favorite sport he'll decide to make an appearance and the sight will die or give a false reading at the moment of truth.
     
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    Tech stuff when treated well and used in a fairly mild climate seems to work well. With that being said I’d never trust it in cold temps, rainfalls or ice/snow storms. Prove me wrong.

    This year my one and only goal is to go no tech, no rangefinder nothing. I used to practice guessing out to 40 yards I don’t see why I can’t accomplish this by shooting my lovely bow as much as possible.


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    I can't think of a situation where an animal is changing distance so fast that I'd need to have a range finding bow sight. I think a range finder is going to due just fine in 99% of hunting scenarios. But maybe that's just because I can't afford one right now :lol:
     
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    Not really sure why, but I dont like rangefinders at all. I like judging the distance under pressure. Part of the entire hunt. Maybe I'm just stupid.

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    there's enough stuff going on as a deer comes in; last thing I am trying to do is fumble around with a ranger. I just range landmarks around me when there's no action and keep that in my head when the opportunity is presented.
     
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    Buyer beware they are illegal to hunt with in some states!
     
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    range finders for archery hunting is a total waste of time and money as far as I am concerned, with the exception I suppose of some western hunts, most archery shots are 35 yards and less, if you can not range that distance you should stay home, especially with todays bows and xbows shooting so flat !!
     
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