By Steve Wall
Do you have a smartphone? Are you using your smartphone to improve your odds of harvesting an animal? That’s right, that phone that we all carry might just help you harvest your next animal. I will share with you some of the hunting apps that I have installed on my smartphone and how I use them.
ScoutLook Weather DeerLog
If you were only going to install 1 of the hunting apps that I share with you, make sure it is this one. ScoutLook Weather DeerLog is by far the most important hunting app that I have installed on my phone. This app has so many great features! ScoutLook DeerLog app will allow you to check weather and moon information based on your stand location. You can also log deer activity based on your stand location and weather data for that exact time will be saved automatically! One of the best features though is the ScentCone. The ScentCone feature shows the current wind direction and the wind direction for the next 36 hours! I don’t step foot in the woods without first checking the ScoutLook app!
The Pocket Ranger fish and wildlife app is a very useful tool for finding state wildlife agency information. You will have to see if this app is available for your state. I find this app very useful for looking up questions I may have on any regulations. This app can also be used to find public hunting areas and also look up the cost of a permit. The app also has GPS features built in! One of the most useful tools in this app for me is the sunrise/sunset calculator! If you have your phone’s GPS enabled, the app will tell you the legal shooting hours for your exact location!
Have you ever wondered who owned the land across the fence? Do you want to find private lands available for public hunting and recreation? OnXmaps will allow you to do all of that. If you hunt public land there is always a chance the deer you shoot may cross onto private land. This app is very useful for finding landowner names so you can possibly contact them to gain permission to find your animal. This also shows land that may have possible public access. In Wisconsin, these lands are mostly managed forest lands and managed crop lands. These are programs that offer the owner a cheaper tax rate for allowing public access to their property.
The Earthmate app by Delorme is a great GPS app. It has a built in compass and allows you to mark waypoint and create routes. I have an Earthmate PN40 handheld GPS from Delorme and I am able to import my waypoints from my GPS to my phone or vise versa! Delorme has always been a leader in the mapping industry and I have always found their products very helpful and easy to use!
Facebook and Twitter
I know what your thinking, Facebook and Twitter are not hunting apps! I would have to disagree! Facebook and Twitter are great tools to use to find out real-time deer information. On almost any hunting page people are talking about what deer they are seeing and when. This information can be especially useful in timing your best hunting days during the rut. Of course not all areas are going to be exactly the same, but it can give you pretty good idea when deer activity is increasing! So “LIKE” as many hunting pages as you can and “Follow” as many hunting related people that you can!