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    Question Yardage Estimation

    Would like any help for any exercises for estimation yardage for 3D shoots.

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    Rusty, I am no expert on 3-D.

    I struggle with yardage estimation myself in 3-D shoots. Here is what I have learned from some good shooters.

    First, they all use a different techniques. All said that you build your own technique as you practice.

    Some said they can spot the "20 Yard" mark in a shooting lane very easily. Then they focus on the remaining yardage.

    Some said they look for the mid way point to the target and then double that.

    I am looking forward to some tips on estimating yardage myself.
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    What I do: I have learned what 20 yrds and 5 yrds look like. The first thing I do is find my 20, then work 5 yrds at a time to the target. Next, I cut the distance in half. I see where the half way point is compared to my 20. I will also work backwards from the target to myself. The biggest thing to remember is to be smarter than the target. What I mean is if you are completly stumped, make an educated guess, and believe in what you guess. Practice works best with a range finder. It helps to know what the real yardage is. Good luck, Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jefro
    Practice works best with a range finder. It helps to know what the real yardage is.
    THX Jeff....this answers a question I was intending to ask!

    Our club has 3-D targets set up all year. There are no stakes so you can shoot from wherever you wish. This has been a very good learning tool for me and a bunch others.

    We sorta play a game when we shoot the course. We rotate shooters and let the first shooter pick the spot everyone else shoots from. All that said...

    The last time we shot, I had an idea of using a range finder "after" everyone had shot to see if we had been close in estimating the yardage. Thus if we had a poor shot, we could see if it was a poor shot, or, a misjudgement of distance.

    Since range finders aren't allowed on a competition course, I thought it would be nice to verify what went on during the practice rounds. Even tho I only have an optical range finder, I see that I misjudge alot on the 30 yard plus targets.

    I had the opportunity to shoot several times with a gentleman, Butch Hall, and he has been a big help to me. He uses a double check system for judging yardage. He uses a system much like your's Jeff. He also stated to be confident about your decision.

    On a side note. Can someone recommend a fairly priced range finder for 3-D practice and general hunting?

    THX in advance,

    Pinky
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    Bushnell and Nikon both make an excellent product, for a good price.

    It's real handy to check your yardage post shot when you practice. After a while you can usually get within 3 - 4 yds, half that for the close shots.

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    Bushnell yardage pro sport. I think it's about the cheapest you can buy, and it's plenty accurate enough for archery ranges. It seems that most of the higher end range finders are more accurate out past 400 or so yards.

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    good luck

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