Any ideas on a decent rangefinder? I never had one before and am thinking about picking one up this year. I maybe going antelope hunting in Colorado next year and it's probably something I should have for that. But would use it most of the time in PA.
both the bushnell yardage pro and Nikon Prostaff are good for the money. You will pay more for angle compensation rangefinders and for antelope and normal treestand hunting i don't think it is necasary. If you range a tree base and that same tree at eye level its only a difference of 2 to 3 yards
I suggest the bushnell bow hunter. Ive got the camo chuck adams edition. Ive had it for about 3 years now and usually only use it to pre range land marks at treestand sites so i know where everything is at before i hunt the area. If im using my climber i will take it with me though. Mine went through the washer and dryer without a mark on it last year and it still works like a charm. If you are getting it for bow hunting then you definately want the ARC.
Jack,go big and get a Leica.I've owned a couple $200 Bushnells and Nikons.They range as good as anything but the one's I had were worthless at dusk and dawn.I was hunting elk in Colorado and the guide had a Leica.I couldn't get over the difference in low light.As soon as I got home,I bought one.They're expensive but you can find decent deals if you search.In the long run,they're worth the etra money.
Save your money on the angle compensation, but spend the money on the ones with rain feature. More times than not, my Nikon gives me fits in even the slightest fog in the early season. Keep getting readings like 4.5 or 6.5 until the fog burns totally off.