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Smart Phones While Hunting???
Posted: 12 December 2011 01:38 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I just got a new Apple 4S in October.  This is the first deer season I have ever had a smart phone that I can check my email, texts, Heartland Outdoor artciles, etc.  Here is my question…Am I looking at my smart phone too much and not the woods enough for deer.  I can’t remember a season that I have seen so few deer.  Im not saying…Im just saying should I leave that dang smart phone in my truck and look for deer instead of text messages???  What are your thoughts?

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Posted: 12 December 2011 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Pretty sure we’re all guilty of the same thing.  Hint on the 4S…turn the brightness way down when in the stand.

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Posted: 12 December 2011 02:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Id say do whatever u enjoy, If ya like tinkering wth the phone during down-time then go for it!!Id rather see ya out in the tree with the phone, than at home not hunting…....wink

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Posted: 12 December 2011 02:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Guilty.  Well, not really.  My smartphone has allowed me to endure many deer-less hours on stand that I may not have been able to endure in previous years.  I guess it’s possible to miss seeing a distant deer (100+ yds) if it was moving quickly, but it’s still fairly easy to keep tabs of deer and facebook at the same time. smile

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Posted: 12 December 2011 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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These phones make it better for the ones who are not in the stand.  Like hearing hunt updates and pics on facebook and such when others are in the stand.  I use mine a lot for and while hunting.  I have hunting sites, time charts, property photos and of course radar on mine.  Plus you can put all your trail cam photos on there and have something to dream about.

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Posted: 12 December 2011 04:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Agreed, tinkering on my smart phone has kept me in the woods much longer than i would have made it previous years. I made it through a 6 hour sit with nothing moving at all before i shot my best ever buck this year.

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Posted: 12 December 2011 11:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I don’t have a smart phone, but I can still get texts.  My best hunting buddy recently seems to have developed a text addiction.  Get a message every half hour or so—drives me nuts.  I don’t think I could handle the distraction of a smart phone.

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Posted: 12 December 2011 11:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I have downlaoded goggle maps to my phone, its free. Goggle maps also has a gps. So I can see where I’m at in the woods. I spend the slow time looking at the map, looking to where I might hunt for a later date and time. It has helped me find spots to start hunting when walking into a new area(I hunt public land). Its alot easier to look on my phone than try to remember everything from the night before while I was looking at my computer. I can say it has helped me sit in the stand alot longer too.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 03:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Funny thing for me is that the smartphone has caused me to look at recipes posted here on HO.com and see deer as “family of 4, or “family of 6” etc… Sure does make it hard to pass on fresh backstrap when all these great cooks post recipes that I haven’t tried!!!  Seriously, these phones have also made me feel connected to multiple hunts going on at the same time by friends throughout the state. They are the newest “handwarmers”—definitely keep me 20ft in the air longer than looking at the same 5 dead trees. They are a positive thing IMHO.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 09:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I never get in the stand without it. Makes the time go by plus I am able to get some work done while sitting there.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 11:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I agree Treemeister.  I have gotten so much work done 20ft. up a tree without any clients knowing they are being serviced from the timber.  Smart phones really help me play hookie more often.  Plus, it’s a bit awkward bringing a laptop and wireless card into a treestand.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 01:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Treehugger…..how was surgery? Going to be back at it soon?

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Posted: 13 December 2011 02:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Just got the stitches out yesteday afternoon.  Not sure if I’ll be able to hunt again this season, but I sure am trying to get it healed asap so I can at least catch the last week of bow in January.  It’s still all messed up from surgery but I’m hoping rehab goes quickly.  Doc said he thinks I’ll be able to hunt the last week so I’m hoping he’s right.  How’s your season going?

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Posted: 13 December 2011 03:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Slow but probably more like normal. Only 6 shooters total I have seen all season, 3 bucks and 3 mature does but all of them never came closer than 60 yards. Couple of little guys and gals have given me the opportunity but just not worth it, I personally would like to see more deer in my area. Has been very slow since the first gun season. Ate two tags last year and this year may be the same but I will enjoy what little time I have left to be out there this season. Glad to here surgery was good.

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Posted: 26 February 2012 09:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I always take mine… lots of hunting apps now on Android, and passes the time when movement is slow ;0)

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