How far can you judge yardarge accurately?

SpringM1A

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Depends on your goal really...

If you want to accurately judge out to 40 yards - doing it by ten yards has four possible points of error. If you are off by one yard each time - then you are off by four yards at 40. Not a real accurate system for long distance judging. Also difficult to do from a treestand as you "see" more of the ground.

If you only want to shoot deer out to twenty yards, then the same error will result in a slightly low or high shot - but only an inch or so. For example, if you were aiming for the center of the lungs - you would have clipped the top of the heart in addition to getting both lungs.

One of the best methods from a tree stand is to use a range finder to double check your guestimates to trees or other objects in your area. Look at a tree (at your height) or other suitable object, guess the distance, and then check yourself with your rangefinder. If you do this whenever you are in a tree stand for about 1/2 hour to an hour - you will get very good at judging yardage. The nice thing about this is it is a way to pass time in the tree stand while educating yourself on the yardage on a potential shot later in the day...
 

grfox92

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When I used to hunt the Eastern hardwoods for 20 years with lots of trees I could accurately guess yardage out to 100 within 5 yards.

Since moving out west, where everything is big and open, I'm not comfortable guessing range on anything.....even 20 yards.

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Ehunter

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We are 40 yards but we know our pace. When walking we constantly check distance we say 30 yards and pace it out and then Lazer it. But I am a old bowhunter long before range finders. Plus that is a max shooting distance for us. We prefer shorter.
 

4ckb

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It's a good way to pass slow time in the stand by brushing up on ranging skills. I'll pick a target tree, etc., guess the range, and then check with the rangefinder.
 
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