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May 30, 2014

New app may help you, but it's not for me


Hunters can find places to hunt by identifying state and public lands. When you’re back in the woods and you find that special spot, you can mark it on the map so you can easily return in the future. A friend of mine did that in the Adirondacks using his GPS. He marked areas with good buck sign and returned to them every day. One afternoon, he and a giant buck showed up at the same time.

The app is great for wildlife and birdwatchers. It identifies known places that have watchable wildlife and allows you to share the experience with your friends.

With the younger generation so involved in the newest technologies, it may encourage them to explore and discover the out of doors and what it has to offer. As much as we complain, New York has great hunting, fishing and adventure opportunities, and this new smartphone app will help you find them.

Am I going to go right out and get a cell phone so I can access all that great information more easily? No. I still don’t want to be found.

I was riding up the chairlift at Belleayre Mountain with some stranger from New Jersey. His cell phone rang. It was his wife, and she wanted to know where he was. He explained that he was skiing. After a brief discussion, he handed me his phone.

“Tell her where I am,” he said.

Give me a break!

Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at

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