While enduring a long, slow, all-day hunt this past November, I remember spending a few minutes at mid-day scrolling through recent updates on Twitter, when I came across a real gem of a tweet.
An online comedian wrote, "Give a man a deer and he'll feed his family for a year. Teach a man to hunt, and he'll sit in a tree playing on his phone all day."
Wow. I immediately laughed out loud and realized that he had me pegged!
It's true, the smart phone has become a constant companion for today's hunter. On the one hand it can be a dangerous distraction, keeping you from focusing on the potential deer movement around you. But if used carefully and in moderation, the benefits of the smart phone and mobile apps for today's hunter are plentiful.
That said-and to make sure you're getting the most out of your smart phone-here are 10 of the best mobile apps for the whitetail hunter.
Credit: North American Whitetail
For a quick view at the weather and wind direction at your hunting property, it's hard to beat the AccuWeather app. Both hourly and extended, 15-day forecasts are available in this visually pleasing weather application, and each includes your usual details such as temperature, wind, precipitation, barometric pressure, etc.
Additionally, you can view current radar conditions for your area in real time. With all the weather and wind information you could need in the palm of your hand, the days of checking the flag blowing outside your window for wind direction are long gone.
Deer Tactics & Calls
If you're looking for help with your deer calling technique, check out the Deer Tactics & Calls app. Not only does the app provide 12 different calls and grunts, it also gives you tips for what situations to use them in. There's also a useful calendar tool that walks you through the different stages of the rut and connects it to calling tactics.
Google Earth is the premier mapping app for mobile devices, allowing you to view satellite imagery of basically any location in the world. Even better, though, is the fact that the Google Earth maps are 3D, taking into account topography of the land.
This allows you to easily see ridges, valleys and many other topographic features that can affect your hunting strategy. On top of that, you can also clearly identify food sources, rivers, creeks and even trails. With simple touch gestures, you can "fly" across your hunting property and view it from different heights and angles as well.
The ability to virtually "scout" hunting properties with Google Earth has made a huge impact on my hunting success, and there's not a day that goes by when hunting that I'm not checking Google Earth to think through my hunting plan.
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