Nikon Forestry Pro Multi-Use Laser Rangefinder (Waterproof)

nikon-forestry-proYard Range: 11-550 yards
Magnification: 6X 21mm objective lens
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 130 x 69 x 45 (mm)
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes
Angle Compensation: Yes
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Actual, Height, Horizontal, 2 & 3 pt angles
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Hunting, Target Shooting, Forestry

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Nikon Forestry Pro Laser Rangefinder Review

The Nikon Forestry Pro is a one of a kind type of rangefinder that incorporates a side LCD screen for additional measuring statistics. It also has a 3 point measuring system that you can use when you’re either in First Target or Distant Target Priority Modes. For a versatile and multi-use tool, the Forestry Pro is worth some serious consideration.

Although the Forestry Pro is larger in size than other smaller Nikon laser rangefinders, it’s still toted around just fine for an ultimate rifle shooting experience or forestry work. This enhanced version of the older Nikon Forestry 550 is still new, but it’s raking in a ton of reviews and holding a solid star rating.

With all the same high-tech features as the above devices, it definitely has some added flair with the extra measurements and side LCD screen.

PROs:
  • LCD external display
  • Multiple measurement readings
  • HYPER READ technology
  • Tru Target technology
  • Waterproof/fogproof
CONs:
  • LCD external display

 

Forestry Pro Q&A:

How is the Forestry Pro powered?

Just like many other rangefinders it’s powered by a CR2 lithium battery that’s conveniently bought from many retail stores and online. You can practically get them anywhere and they’re easy to keep on hand to replace. However, it may not be necessary to have these batteries in bulk since reviewers have stated that the CR2 battery it takes can last well over a year, even with continuous use.

 

Is this Nikon hunting rangefinder waterproof?

Yes. Unlike others that are only water resistant, this Nikon hunting rangefinder has the upgrade of being waterproof so it can survive that unexpected bad weather that caught you in the middle of hunting.

Accidentally dropping it in a puddle and even some submersion wouldn’t put you out, as long as the battery chamber hasn’t been penetrated too bad. The battery chamber is water resistant, but it doesn’t mean you want to go test how waterproof it really is by throwing it in a lake.

 

Why is the LCD screen on the side?

The side screen on the Forestry Pro is a feature unique to this device. Along with its bright yellow color, it’s a big factor in why it’s so popular. The viewing eye reticle allows you to line up your target and take your shot while also displaying basic results.

A lot of consumers of this rangefinder really like the side screen option since there are added measurement features of this product. The side screen simultaneously displays readings such as the measurement unit, height, actual distance, horizontal distance, and angle all at once. Very convenient for several uses.

 

Can I use the Forestry Pro for more than just rifle hunting?

It is equipped for not only being useful in your hunting experience, but it’s also useful for many other users in various industries, specifically the forestry industry. While rifle hunting, you’re still getting quality readings to help hone in on game.

In addition you’re also able to get two-point and three-point measurements with angle calculations to determine heights of trees, distances between points, and slopes of an area. These features make it extremely popular not just among rifle enthusiasts, but surveyors and foresters too.

 

What are the limitations of this rangefinder?

The minimum range is 11 yards which is the same as the minimum of 32 feet or 10 meters. This seems to pose an issue for those wanting to range a closer distance. This could pose an issue and might be something to consider when purchasing the Forestry Pro since most other rangefinders have a minimum range of either 6 or 8 yards.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Waterproof/Fog-proof
  • First Target Priority and Distance Target Priority Modes
  • 14-122 degree Fahrenheit temperature tolerance
  • 6X monocular with multi-layer coated optics
  • Actual, height, and horizontal distance readings
  • Additional angle and vertical separation, two-point and three-point measurements

 

Our Verdict

The aim of it is, the Nikon Forestry Pro is a versatile tool for more than just hunting. If you dabble in forestry or you want to know the distances between various points to safely cut down a hazardous tree overhanging your house in the backyard, you’ll want the Forestry Pro. However, its LCD side display means you’ll have to take your eye off the ocular lens to read the measurements.

For a more traditional alternative with multiple measurement readings is the Nikon Prostaff 7i. You’ll have angle compensation, selective targeting modes, extra yardage, and ballistic info to maximize your hunt.

This is a very out of the box type of optic, and it’s definitely the most unique laser rangefinder in the Nikon line – there’s no comparing it. So, to fairly put it up against a rangefinder with maximum measuring systems and features, we’re putting it head to head with the Bushnell G-Force DX with ARC. Guess what? It costs less than the Forestry Pro so check it out now.

Nikon certainly knows how to use lenses in a variety of optic styles for the hunter in a multi-purpose manner. Are you up to the challenge of thinking and hunting out of the box? It might be just the kind of variety you need to finally get the right distance!

 

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