Bow mounted laser range finder! really?

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  • July 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm #496443 Back to Top REPORT
    develobear
    develobear

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    Bow mounted laser range finder! really? I can’t beleive this is legal in any state. But I sure wish I had this a time or two.

    http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-shooting/products/rangefinders/vendetta-archery-rangefinders/vendetta-archery-rangefinder/[/url:1gnjovtt]

    July 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm #530760 Back to Top REPORT
    bigfoot
    Bigfoot

    Joined: 3/24/2005
    The Vendetta is illegal in some staes already. [=}=]
    July 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm #530761 Back to Top REPORT
    wvbowhunter
    wvbowhunter

    Joined: 1/12/2009
    Why shouldn’t it be legal????
    A clean kill shot is what we want right??????
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    July 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm #530762 Back to Top REPORT
    letem-sling75-2
    Let'em sling75

    Joined: 1/28/2010
    I voted for legal….but maybe should of put not sure….I would love to hear nothing but clean kill storys….but think it could be unfair for all the deer that could be completely missed…But I guess just cause you know the range dont mean your gonna make the shot….I guess your either gonna hit the deer or miss the deer regardless if you know the range so I guess I’m for it!
    July 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm #530763 Back to Top REPORT
    archery-assasin
    archery assasin

    Joined: 5/13/2010
    Its no differant than scopes with range finders or lines for yardage. Just another tool to make an ethical shot! :thumbup The deer not wondering if is fair they smell or see better than us :^O
    July 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm #530764 Back to Top REPORT
    bowhunter843
    bowhunter843

    Joined: 8/12/2007
    Not that it affects me either way, but it disqualifies your for P&Y. It would not supprise me if eventually game cams dont disqualify you for P&Y as one state has already made it illegal and usually P&Y follow suit.
    July 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm #530765 Back to Top REPORT
    chopperpoe
    chopperpoe

    Joined: 11/26/2006
    correct me if i’m wrong but you still have to make the shot :-k
    July 29, 2010 at 12:01 am #530766 Back to Top REPORT
    blood-bath2006
    Blood Bath2006

    Joined: 10/14/2006
    I can’t see a reason it should be illegal. It isn’t any different than already knowing your yardage before the animal shows up. I think it is a great idea. It helps people make a more accurate yardage call. You still have to be able to make the shot…..
    July 29, 2010 at 12:03 am #530767 Back to Top REPORT
    ikedogg
    Ikedogg

    Joined: 11/4/2009
    Not that it affects me either way, but it disqualifies your for P&Y. It would not supprise me if eventually game cams dont disqualify you for P&Y as one state has already made it illegal and usually P&Y follow suit.

    Yeah jake i just read the Fair Chase P&Y guidlines. I think it’s ridiculous that it doesn’t count if you have and electric range finder attached to your bow. If thats the case then range finders shouldn’t count at all. Your not gaining any advantage if it’s attached to your bow.. Who makes these rules

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    July 29, 2010 at 12:22 am #530768 Back to Top REPORT
    bowhunter843
    bowhunter843

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    Not that it affects me either way, but it disqualifies your for P&Y. It would not supprise me if eventually game cams dont disqualify you for P&Y as one state has already made it illegal and usually P&Y follow suit.

    Yeah jake i just read the Fair Chase P&Y guidlines. I think it’s ridiculous that it doesn’t count if you have and electric range finder attached to your bow. If thats the case then range finders shouldn’t count at all. Your not gaining any advantage if it’s attached to your bow.. Who makes these rules[/quote:y2u72jwm]liberal plants. :whistle

    July 29, 2010 at 12:44 am #530769 Back to Top REPORT
    chopperpoe
    chopperpoe

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    Not that it affects me either way, but it disqualifies your for P&Y. It would not supprise me if eventually game cams dont disqualify you for P&Y as one state has already made it illegal and usually P&Y follow suit.

    Yeah jake i just read the Fair Chase P&Y guidlines. I think it’s ridiculous that it doesn’t count if you have and electric range finder attached to your bow. If thats the case then range finders shouldn’t count at all. Your not gaining any advantage if it’s attached to your bow.. Who makes these rules[/color:7drjeytc][/quote:7drjeytc]

    p&y is a club their club their rules it does not mean anything to the rest of us. i personally would never submit anything to them anyway.

    July 29, 2010 at 1:10 am #530770 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

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    I voted ‘Not Sure’ because I’m undecided.

    On one hand, I hate seeing things get outlawed that could actually reduce the wounding and the “not recovered” rate.

    On the other hand, the purist in me thinks that bowhunting should be a challenge … the ultimate test of skill and senses, man vs dinner.

    It is already outlawed in Colorado, so I don’t really have to commiserate on it. [-(

    July 29, 2010 at 1:18 am #530771 Back to Top REPORT
    arnej
    Arne

    Age: 54
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    It shouldn’t matter either way. If you can already use a hand-held laser rangefinder the technology isn’t the issue. And if it helps you make an ethical killing shot with a bow, why not? It just eliminates the step of taking a range reading first, then raising the bow and shooting.

    If the issue is a laser dot projected onto the deer to give an aiming point (along with the range in yards), it still wouldn’t make the bow automatically shoot – so why not also?

    The problem seems to be that knowing the exact distance at the instant of arrow release is “unfair”, or that having an electronic aiming point somehow helps guide the arrow – also “unfair”. Neither of these laser applications can make a poor shot a good shot or somebody that already shoots beyond their effective range change their behavior (one way or the other) IMO.

    Take Maryland as an example of irrational archery hunting rules:

    It appears to be illegal to use a bow-mounted laser rangefinder. The wording in the hunting regulations is:
    It is unlawful to “Use laser sights when attached to any firearm or bow used for hunting game birds or mammals. Laser sights are those that project a beam of light from a hunting device onto the target. Range finding devices not attached to a hunting device are not considered laser sights.”

    Since rangefinders project a beam of light that is invisible to humans, it’s unclear what the advantage is to projecting this beam of light from the weapon rather than from your hand. To me it seems like they really want to outlaw tactical type laser sights (with a visual laser that projects a red dot on the actual target). However, the wording makes all laser sights illegal to attach to a hunting weapon. #-o

    And since this year the state allows crossbows during the whole archery season, they now say “Draw locking devices are legal on all vertical bows except when hunting waterfowl”.

    So you can’t mount a laser rangefinder on your bow, but you can install a device that holds it at near/full draw – making it similar to a crossbow. No need to worry about drawing anymore – just don’t try to get away with knowing the exact range when you shoot your Frankenstein bow. ](*,) :thumbdown

    Makes my head spin!

    July 29, 2010 at 1:37 am #530772 Back to Top REPORT
    pa_mathews_man
    PA_MATHEWS_MAN

    Joined: 2/22/2005
    FWIW… I have an old rangefiner sitting in the Garage made by Bushnell ( If I remember right ) that mounts in the Stabilizer hole…. No one made a big deal about them then…. It’s gotta be about 12 years old [=}=]
    July 29, 2010 at 4:16 am #530773 Back to Top REPORT
    vince71969
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    I have one and love using it.

    Actually, you can’t get a distance confirmation and then fire the arrow while you’re holding on the animal.

    How it works is you pre-determine the pin that you want to use (usually the 20 yd or top pin) to be the range finding pin. At full draw you put that particular pin on the animal and then press the button to get the distance readout. Then you switch sight pins accordingly to whatever need be.

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