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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
They would be very specific circumstances and longer distances.
I've had angle finding RF's and have looked purposely for situations where the angle of the shot made for a effective difference that would make or break a hunting shot. I really never found any...high stands, steep hills, I never found anything under 40 yards where it would have really mattered. I'm sure some folks hunt steeper terrain....but it'd have to be real steep or your shots real long.
As for why we're including non-archery features...it seems to make sense to buy an RF that can pull all types of duty one might as of it. Having a very short range capable RF is fine if you ONLY hunt with a bow.
And there are more uses of an RF than planning a shot. I use mine a lot to make sure I can find the exact spot an animal was when I took my shot. Take the shot, game takes off....range the spot it stood, get some land marks. Go over there and everything looks different. Is that white rock the one I was looking at, or is it that one over there?
I'll actually take a compass bearing (use my phone if I don't have a compass), then a range. Go down there, get on the right bearing, get to the right distance (by ranging back to my stand/spot), and I'm in the right spot. I use this as much, or more, for rifle hunting, than I do for bow hunting actually, especially if the animal was out in a field. It's near impossible to get the exact spot of the animal when shot when it was out in a field...but with a compass bearing and range, you're gonna get that spot.
Back to the angle thing for moment...I will range trees at my height so as to remove the angle issue. Sometimes for kicks while things are slow, I'll range the marker trees high at my height, then again at their base. I've never found much inside 40 yards where it was off by more than a yard. Maybe 2.