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5 years 13 weeks ago, 1:44 PM

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Hand Held Wind meter

You see these advertised (about $40.00)as an absolute necessity for hunting. Since,most deer are taken within 100 yards and "MOST","HUNTING", firearms are set up to shoot Game within 300 yards or less. Are the wind speed & direction meters worth it or are they just another POS to carry.
I don't know about you folks but most of my pockets are full of various paraphenalea that I never use.

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 2:03 PM

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I have wondered about this as well. You see snipers using them and since these guys are the best, is it something I should have too? I shoot across a canyon ranges start at 400 yards and go as far as 1200. I am patient enough that I can wait for the elk to come to me, usually 400-600 yard range. It makes no sense to me to know what the wind is doing where the end of my barrel is, but not down range 400 or even 100 yards away. It would make more sense to me to have windage flags down range, now if only I can convince the elk to stand under the flag...

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 2:09 PM

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You use the wind at the weapon if you don't have range flags. The wind at the barrel also affects the path of the bullet. Ideally you would have a wind meter every 100 meters with a BCS to crunch the data and give you a firing solution, but that will never happen.LOL!

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 2:30 PM

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You're in the great PNW where all kinds of shots are available (read necessary)(I never shot a Black-tail at more than 50 yards). If you don't get an early snow you go to higher elevations for elk. Or, you are looking at a meadow at 500yard. Or, even you're over Wenatchee way after mule deer. These are long shots that you don't see in the EAST (except beanfields). I've done the climbing in the PNW and I've wondered a number of times, when do I get to use this (more ounces) POS I'm carrying. I was just venturing a thought. The other thing to think about (I constantly remind myself) peering over the chasm that seperates you from the "Elk with a Crown" is "How do I get that thing out of there) !

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 3:51 PM

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HAHAHA,
I know exactly what you mean, however, we hunt at 10000 feet in colorado. If there is snow on the ground, it is a bit easier. We hook up two quads in tandem with a mile of rope down to the canyon floor. We drag the elk down to the base of the canyon, rope it up and make 50 yard pulls. It is fun watching the rope get taunt then springing back. The game warden came by one day and just sat there watching us rednecks pull this elk up the hill. Two of the other camps were there as well. We have been hunting the same canon for years, we have a pretty good system for getting our game. But do not be suprised if you do not see us up the next morning after the kill!!! You get wiped out!!!

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 3:55 PM

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Hand held wind meter

It would depend on what caliber you are shooting. If you are shooting the lighter bullets the wind will mess with them a lot.

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 4:57 PM

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fordvg, clint, ronin

I agree especially with bullets requiring a higher trajectory, more time of flight and not pointy. But then we meet with the time elapsed vs bullet weight to the target issue etc. My only point in posting the subject was "for a normal hunter, is this a $40.00 piece of equipment that weighs (X) ounces
and has to go into my peanut butter&jelly pocket". Do I generally have time to use it ? Maybe, that's why most of the hunters I know couldn't hit my pickup truck at 600 meters with the Hubble Telescope on their .06 (I've said this before).

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 5:14 PM

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To bge honest, no. It's not worth it. I have one, and have NEVER used it while hunting. However, I do a LOT more precision shooting then hunting, and trying to get more and more range. For that, It's an indespensable tool.

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 5:29 PM

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If shooting light round then wind at muzzle make difference, but ronin have good point too. This device is tool for precision shooting and not for hunting dear. Ryo agree, unless you want to do precision shooting it gadget you not need waste money on neh.

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