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October 5, 2012

Technology makes hunting a lot easier these days


A friend of mine uses his GPS while deer hunting up north. As Al wanders the woods, he marks deer sign on the device. A ground scrape here and some rubs there, as well as other deer sign, soon make a picture of the deer activity that he finds.

He checks out each of the locations every day and has been very successful. Al took an absolute monster Adirondack buck using that method a few years ago.

My son and his friends bow hunt in Ohio each year. After scouting the area they’re going to hunt, they plot good stand placements on their GPS. It’s easy the next morning to get to their tree stands well before daylight. The GPS uses satellites to plot their positions and movement. Today, they can do all that on their cell phones as well.

Randy was just showing me an app he downloaded from Gander Mountain on his phone that will bring up maps of any area in the country and allow him to put in any information he wants.

Today, a company called FTL Information Technologies in Utica has an app for smart phones called Deer Scouter. For $1.99, you can download this technology and “increase the odds of understanding deer movement.”

As you collect data over time while scouting and hunting, you put that information into your phone. Over time, you connect the dots and can begin to make detailed meaning of the deer sign, patterns and movement in your hunting area.

What these devices do is what I did for many years with a topographical map of the area I hunted up north. I marked every deer and bit of sign for several years until I had a clear picture of the deer activity in those steep mountains and thick swamps. I used a paper map and compass, but today’s technology is right in the palm of your hand.

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