The Technological Advantage

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The Technological Advantage

 

photo (2)  There is no doubt we are living in the technological era. It seems there is an app for everything and most people spend more time talking on their phone and updating their social media profiles than talking to the people beside them. Most kids would rather spend time indoors on their new high tech gadgets than spend time outdoors. For that very reason technology and hunting aren’t usually associated with one another. Here is why that is a mistake.

Spending too much time on a phone or tablet is a problem that is all too common but the truth is that if used properly these new gadgets have their place in the deer woods. Actually, not only do they have their place, they may give you can edge. For example, I carry a hard copy aerial map of the land I am hunting but I also have the app on my phone that allows me to view the lay of the land. Actually I’d rather use my phone’s map than the hardcopy. Not only does the app show the elevation, it is easily viewable with its backlit screen, and it even tells me what direction I am facing and the distance to my marked destination. The maps can be switched out between satellite and topographical views allowing me to see the elevations in the terrain. These are invaluable tools to use when trailing wounded deer. GPS units are also now state-of-the-art and some of the top end models can do things that most smartphone apps cannot, but unless you are trekking out into the great unknown the simple smartphone app will suffice for the average hunter.

There are also apps that show the current and future weather conditions. The Mossy Oak Scout Look app allows you to mark an individual location, such as a tree stand, and get the weather at said spot. Other apps just predict the weather in the nearest city, leaving plenty of room for error if you are on the back forty, miles from a nearby town. It also enables you to check the barometric pressure along with the moon phases. The sunrise and sunset times are also included in the app along with hourly forecasts. My favorite feature is the scent cone which shows your location, wind activity, and the suspected scent dispersal.

There are many new brands of software made specifically for personal computers and laptops that allow you to sort out your trail camera photos. The pictures can be organized by date, time, stand location, or even individual bucks. As you can see this is highly beneficial when patterning a specific buck, or even general deer activity. This is even applicable for the trail cam enthusiast who may not be a hardcore buck hunter but wishes to keep all of his photos organized and filed. Lastly, there are now attachments that plug into smartphones that read SD cards which permits you to pull the card from your trail cam and immediately see what was captured on film via your smartphone. This is a huge advantage when deciding on where to hunt and allows you to check the cards in the field, without toting around a laptop.

There are various types of apps available from many different GPS manufacturers and smartphone software developers. Some are free or offer a free trail and others charge an annual or monthly fee. In the long run I have found that the price is well worth the benefits. While smart phones and high tech gadgets should not take the place of spending time outdoors they do deserve a place in your hunting pack. Try incorporating technology into your hunting this year. You could very easily set yourself up for your best season yet.

~ Andrew Walters  Mossy Oak Properties

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