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Good Apps for my Smart Phone
Posted: 13 December 2011 09:28 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Guys thanks for all the great feedback on smart phones.  I am convinced that I am not the only guy in the woods doing too much texting, emails, checking out hunting pics, etc.  With that said, can you recommend good apps for my smart phone to assist hunters with going out in the field for deer and turkey hunting.  I already use google maps.  What are some of your favorites (hopefully free apps so everyone can get them)?

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Posted: 13 December 2011 09:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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ScoutLook is a great hunting app. You can mark your tree stands with a google earth type feature and they will superimpose what they call a “scent-cone” over your spot which is just a visual showing how far your scent generally will travel based on the wind speed and direction. Also- I have found that their weather feature is awesome with sunrise/sunset, barometer, and thermal changes on the same page as your basic hour by hour temps and wind speeds/direction. I’ve been happy with it. Website is www.scoutlookweather.com

I think if you are a member North American Hunting Club they might have a couple extra bells and whistles as well on the app. Not positive though. Let us know if you find other good apps as well.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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On iPhone Field & Stream Rut Reporters, should be a free one. Not sure how much I trust the actual rut report, seemed to always be different from what I was seeing but I am sure it is based on how many people are reporting and in what areas. But has some good articles and pictures.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 10:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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There was one app (free) that I used quite a bit this season.  It’s called GPS Essentials.  It’s a free app that has an integrated GPS and mapping feature, very similar to Google Earth.  You have the ability to mark waypoints, extract lat/longs, create tracks or routes, and export them as KML/KMZ files for google earth….all on your phone.  I found this to be pretty useful. I would use it to track my best routes to/from my treestands during pre-season scouting. Then I would sometimes use my phone to navigate to my stands during the season. I also exported my stand locations and tracks as kml/kmz files to view in google earth on my desktop. (I also have google earth on my phone but I don’t really like it). ScoutLook sounds cool….I’ll check it out.  I hope to see what others have used…this may turn out to be a pretty cool thread.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 10:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I have downloaded MMAQuint Deer Hunting, MMQuint Turkey Hunting, Realtree Archery Hunting Tips, Realtree Turkey Hunting Tips and F.Turkeys Call app.  I really haven’t used any of these on my iphone yet.  Like I said, I just got the phone about 6 weeks ago and am looking for some cool apps to get. 

All of the apps I listed above are free!!!

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Posted: 13 December 2011 11:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Leafsnap.  Free app that allows you to take a picture of a leaf and find out what kind of tree it is.  Pretty cool.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Raindar (free) is my favorite radar app and I use Time2Hunt (free) for checking sunrise/sunset for each day. 

I didn’t realize scoutlook did that much, but I hate paying for apps.  May wait will next fall to look into it. 

The main thing I feel a need for is an extra battery or an external batter pack.  When using apps all day in the stand, they will burn thru a battery in a hurry.  I tend to turn off automatic updates and such on everything while hunting so I don’t use up the battery.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Yeeeeeeeah i still have a flip phone….all this sounds amazing though. When they make an app that will scan your woods and tell you where the deer are I will convert to the “smart phone”

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Posted: 13 December 2011 01:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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MattS….regarding battery life. I travel quite a bit and I have a device called a Richard Solo 1800 Smart Backup Battery, it holds enough juice for 3 full charges. It runs around $60 and works great. It is very comparable in size to a iPhone and can be thrown into a coat pocket to use in the stand. You can use it to charge many different devices.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 02:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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If you are looking to kill time while in the stand Angry Birds is tough to beat.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 02:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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GoalZero makes some good portable solar power devices that will charge all your devices.  I know a few hard core western hunters that take this deep into the mountains to keep their gps’s charged.

Some simple free apps like Compass and Altimeter are nice.  They are both based on GPS location, not magnetic poles or atmospheric pressure respectively.  Weatherbug is a good free app for radar and other weather related info.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 03:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I used to have WeatherBug on my phone and it would drain my battery in less then a day easily.  Thats the main thing with all these apps.  A lot of them are running as long as your phone is on and battery life is a big issue.

TreeMeister, I have looked at those battery packs before and they do come in handy.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 04:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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There are about a billion task killer/battery saver apps out there. I’ve tried a lot. They work if you are willing to put up with manual email updates, etc. I’ve found a comfortable setting for me which allows me to get about 8-10 hours out of my battery during normal use in my treestand. That’s really all I need between quick re-charges in the truck. The biggest concerns are brightness, screen saver, and auto sync/updates. Find happy mediums for those and you should be set.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 07:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Back country navigator, turns your phone into a hand held gps, plus you can dowload maps topo and satellite before you go out in case you have no signal.

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Posted: 26 February 2012 09:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Time to Hunt Lite is a really good app to have, I agree with Matt, it is really good for your timetables for sunrise and sunset.. even takes into consideration your 30 min before and after.  I also use Accuweather alot on mine when weather is iffy so I know whats heading my way as well as wind direction etc.

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