I also like the pointer a lot. You just need to learn on how to use it efficiently.
Don't stay too close to the pointer when he's about to approach its target (he'll warn you), so you won't spook it. Also you can leave a certain distance between you and the pointer, and after he has found its target try to see it from different angles than the most obvious one, from behind the dog. Just use the pointer as a general direction indicator and try to make visual contact from another angle. When you're hunting something specific, because the pointer has multiple options on a single branch from the radial menu, wait until you hear a call or find some fresh tracks from that specific animal you're after.
Elmer Fudd is the ultimate hunter. He never catches the wabbit, but he never gives up