According to MSNBC, smartphone users admit to “secretly” using their devices in theaters, meetings, classrooms, places of worship and, yes, even the bathroom.
The top uses for smartphones among younger male and female bowhunters include text messaging, flashlight apps, weather apps and moon-phase calendars. And let’s not forget the all-important social media. “I’m going to sit in my “hashtag” treestand, and get a “hashtag” trophybuck because I’m a “hashtag” bowhunter.”
With over 2.4 billion apps in the App Store and Android market combined, the smartphone’s possibilities for enhancing hunts are endless. Which raises this question: Which bowhunting apps offer the most “bang” for your “buck”?
10 Apps for Smart Hunters with Smart Phones
- Trimble GPS Hunt Pro (formerly Cabela’s Recon Hunt): This app lets hunters track blood spots, find their location, navigate with a digital compass, view topographic and street maps, and access sun- and moon-phase information. Hunters can even set waypoints of favorite spots for easy navigation. And by geo-tagging photos and videos to exact locations on the map, hunters can do simple, interactive journaling. Price: $4.99 in the App Store and Google Play.
- iHunt Journal: This is the “ultimate all-in-one hunting app.” Users can catalog pictures, GPS locations, current weather, and recollections about sights, scenes and kills. This app’s CSV and email exportability simplify tracking wildlife and planning hunts. Price: $8.99 in the App Store and $5.99 in Google Play.
- ActInNature: Want to keep up with your hunting buddies without the buzzing and beeping of text messages? This app’s GPS technology lets you arrange groups by sharing hunting zones, points of interest and weather information. It also uses the camera to measure distances and identify direction. Price: free in the App Store and Google Play.
- Scoutlook: Never again agonize about picking the wrong stand. This app lets you catalog multiple stands on a map, and then check each location for wind and weather conditions. Price: free in the App Store and Google Play.
- iHunt Hunting Calls and Fishing Times: This free app provides weather information, almost 600 wildlife hunting calls, GPS-linked solunar time data for wildlife activity, and an activity log to track your most prized trophies and their locations on a map. Price: free in the App Store and Google Play.
- iSolunar: This app provides peak feeding and activity times for hunting and fishing in any location. It also uses GPS technology to deliver weather, sun- and moon-phase information. It’s available in the App Store in a free version and a $4.99 enhanced version.
- iHunt Fall Call: This new technology from robinsonoutdoors.com can save your life. If you fall from a tree stand, this gadget – which connects between your safety harness and the tree tether – pulls free to activate a micro USB. It then sends a Bluetooth message to your smartphone, and the iHunt Fall Call app automatically dials your emergency contact. Price: Free in the App Store, but the Fall Call system costs about $100.
- Primos Hunting Calls: Don’t worry if your bleat call falls out as you climb into your stand. This Primos app includes over 20 calls, including elk, deer, turkey, predator, waterfowl and specialty calls. Just open this app and you’re fully prepared. Price: $1.99 in the App Store and Google Play.
- Hunting Light and Blood Tracker: This app provides screen lights of various colors to improve nighttime visibility for easier blood-tracking. Price: $1.99 in the App Store and Google Play.
- Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration: Access real-time reports of migration patterns, as well as state hunting regulations, sunrise/sunset calendars, and a built-in flashlight. You can share the migration reports via Facebook, validate previously submitted reports based on your own observations, and submit your own reports of waterfowl sightings. Price: 99 cents in the App Store and Google Play.
The next time you have time in a tree stand, check out these apps, try some of these tactics, or log in to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter and tag Archery 360 to tell us how you use your smartphone in the woods. “Pics, or it didn’t happen!”