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Stealth Cam Introduces the New Trail Camera Field App

by Todd Graf 23. January 2012 08:55
Todd Graf

If you know me personally, have followed my blog over the years, or regularly watch Bowhunt or Die, you know by now that I am a trail camera junky.  Over the years I have amassed an impressive (or embarrassing, if you ask my wife) number of trail cameras of nearly every brand.  There technology simply allows me to scout and monitor bucks without putting added pressure on them.  Trail cameras are a useful tool for bowhunters that promise to increase your success rate.

That being said, trail cameras have come a long way since their inception over a decade ago.  They now take crystal clear images, record HD video and can send your images wirelessly from the unit to your e-mail account (see Stealth Cam’s new Drone system).  Well, Stealth Cam, the trail camera I rely on most in the field, has taken scouting technology one step further with their new Trail Camera Field App.  This hunter friendly mobile app costs only $1.99 and is available for both Apple and Android powered devices.  

It comes packed with a boatload of innovative features that can assist hunters in a variety of ways.  It comes integrated with GPS mapping technology that not only allows you to mark your trail camera locations, but also other important marking points such as tree stands, water holes, scrapes, rubs, you name it!  You can save and share these markers to your Facebook page or your friends via e-mail as well.  Or, simply save them to your personal gallery.  

The app also has built in functionality that can help you plan out your hunts better as well.  Hunters can get weather forecasts by entering their city, state or zip code, or by letting the location based feature on the camera precisely identify your location.  Not only weather forecasts, DETAILED weather forecasts including 24 hour, 3 day or an extended 10 day forecast while not only providing your usually weather information, but also hunter friendly info such as sunrise and sunset times, moon phase and barometric pressure.  The Trail Cam Field App also has a built in photo managing / sharing function that allows hunters to fully customize their photo gallery by location, date, weapon or species.  You can then share your photos via social media and receive comments in real time.  You can also get video tips and information straight from the Stealth Cam Pro Staff as well. 

If this app is something that intrigues you, feel free to contact the Stealth Cam team for tech tips or general information regarding this app, I encourage you to check out their website here.  Happy off-season everyone! 

Gadgets, Widgets and Booger Retrievers

by Brenda Potts 26. April 2011 09:03
Brenda Potts

Yes, he named his invention a booger retriever. I asked the CEO of Walnut Grove Hunting Products why he named his gadget the "booger retriever" and he laughed and said, "If you drop it, this booger will get it!" And it certainly does.


Fortunately I have not needed to use the patented device while in the treestand yet, but have had a lot of fun just playing with it. It will pick up all kinds of stuff of different sizes, weights and shapes. If you drop something from your treestand this will most likely save you from having to climb back down.


The booger retriever is one of my favorite finds at the small shows. Our jobs take us to lots of trade shows and consumer events like deer classics or sportsmen's banquets, which gives me the opportunity to walk the show floor looking for the latest and greatest new products. You expect to see new products unveiled at the big trade shows like the Archery Trade  Show or SHOT Show in Las Vegas, unfortunately I miss things at these shows. They are just too big and I end up spending too much time in my client's booths to get out and see everything. But sometimes you can also find the coolest inventions in a little 10 x 10 booth at a local deer classic. Here are some more of my favorite finds from all the shows and a few hunting trips.


The Hunt More Chair is a really great invention. I came to appreciate all the features of this chair after spending several hours in a blind deer hunting in Wyoming. We only had one spot to put the blind to intercept the bucks we had been watching. It was on a steep hill in the only point that jutted into the field where they could come close enough for a bow shot. My cameraman, his tripod, all of our gear and I settled in to the blind. I had the Hunt More Chair and he had a stool which we had to prop up to get it level. The legs on my chair could easily be adjusted to keep me level and the height could be adjusted to make it easy to shoot through the window of the blind. It also swivels silently so I could shoot in more than one direction. 


I have used a couple of GPS units and so far, the more features one of these things has, the less I like them. I had two GPS units in my pack while elk hunting a few years ago. One of them had all the bells and whistles and an instruction book half an inch thick. The other one was easy to use and I relied on it most of the time. One morning we decided to follow an elk track high into the Colorado mountains in the snow. The track meandered all over the mountain and finally took us to secluded pond with elk all over the hillside above. We decided to wait for the elk to come to the water that afternoon.


Unfortunately, we were hunting public land and a couple of yuppie hikers spooked the entire herd. We were able to head in a straight line for the truck using the GPS unit. At the time I thought, wouldn't it be nice to have something that was so simple to use, with very few buttons that would just get you back to the truck or camp when you were done hunting.
A couple years ago, while attending a writer turkey hunt I was given a Bushnell Back Tracker. I love this thing. It is so simple to use it can sit on a shelf for a year and I don't have to get the instruction book back out and relearn how to use it. (Ok, I know there is eye rolling taking place among some of the younger crowd, but surely a few of my generation can relate to my anti-technology rant). 


In the past few years I have started to get more of my deer done as European mounts. While hunting with some friends in southern IL they showed me a similar type mount done with an artistic flare. Mountain Mike's Reproductions offers a dipped kit in fall foliage or wood grain that makes the mount a work of art. 

The Trophy Skull Hanger from Skip Enterprises makes it easy to hang your European skull mount.

 


In the last few years I have sent more time taking kids hunting. This past spring I took my granddaughter on her first turkey hunt. She had seen wild turkeys from the road but never up close. When I opened up the Natural Series Turkey Target Kit from Caldwell Shooting Supplies, the first thing she said was, "Wow, turkeys are that big!" The target features a life size photograph of a turkey and was beneficial in teaching her where to shoot.  Forty five mile per hour wind gusts on the only day we had to hunt during the Il youth-only season kept us from seeing a turkey, but she will be ready next year! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garmin Offers Hunter Friendly GPS Units

by Bow Staff 9. November 2010 09:42
Bow Staff

   As any hunter worth his salt knows, putting yourself in the right place and the right time is the name of the game.  GPSMAP 62st does exactly that.  GPSMAP 62st sports a tough-tested, rugged waterproof exterior and a new 65K color 2.6” sunlight-readable screen.  GPSMAP 62st features a 3-axis tilt-compensated compass, capable of BirdsEye Satellite imagery, is preloaded with 100K topo mapping, has up to 20-hours of battery life, over 500MB of memory, a microSD slot for memory expansion and a quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception in the toughest conditions.  With all that, GPSMAP 62st makes finding the perfect spot for getting the perfect shot that much easier.  Garmin.  Follow the leader.

The Garmin GPSMAP 62st 

Explore the Terrain

GPSMAP 62st comes with built-in U.S. 100k topographic data for the continental U.S. and a worldwide basemap with shaded relief — all the tools for serious climbing or hiking. Map detail includes national, state and local parks and forests, along with terrain contours, elevation information, trails, rivers, lakes and points of interest.

Get Your Bearings

GPSMAP 62st has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you’re standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you can even use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

Share Wirelessly

With GPSMAP 62st you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin device users. So now your friends can also enjoy your favorite hike or cache or hunting spot — simply press “send” to transfer your information to similar units, and let the games begin.

Find Fun

 GPSMAP 62st supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but also improving efficiency. GPSMAP 62st stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs! Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Slim and lightweight, 62st is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are used by the majority of bowhunters these days and can offer distinct advantages to the modern bowhunter when it comes to scouting and plotting waypoints.  The bowhunting.com staff would love to here of your success stories regarding bucks and GPS units; comment below and tell us your story!

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Smart Phone Application "My Tracks" Can Make Hunters More Efficient in the Woods

by Bow Staff 28. September 2010 08:18
Bow Staff

    Looking for a simple tool to aid in your scouting efforts or assist you during the shed hunting season?  Look no further than your smart phone.   Yes, your smart phone.  My Tracks, an application downloadable to a variety of smart phones including Droid, iPhone or Blackberry, can help you be a more efficient hunter in the woods.  Here’s how.

My Tracks is an application that works with Google Maps to record your every move during your time afield.  Once your track as been recorded you view it directly on your phone or upload it to Google Spreadsheets on Google My Maps.   While this application is not designed specifically for hunters, it provides several features that can be very useful to all hunters alike.  For example, say you’ve just acquired a new piece of property and you are scouting it for potential stand locations.  With My Tracks, you are able to insert waypoints, or makers, that will appear via aerial map on your smart phone.  This way, you are able to analyze terrain features in accordance to your stand site or find it easily should you forget the stand location.  My Tracks also comes in handy should you have trouble blood trailing a deer.  You could start recording your track from the point of impact, insert markers where blood becomes scarce and, when you recover your deer, aerially view the blood trail in Google Maps.  Shed hunters could also utilize the same features when looking for antlers.  By marking the location of each shed antler you find as well as the path you took to find that shed, you can be more efficient by concentrating on areas where you have a better chance of finding a shed.  The possibilities with My Tracks are truly endless for the serious whitetail hunter.

While recording tracks, you can:
1.    See location / progress on a map
2.    Monitor real-time statistics: time, distance, speed, elevation
1.    View elevation profile by time or distance
2.    Zoom, pan elevation profile
3.    Create waypoints
4.    Create statistics waypoints (splits tracks into subtracks)

 

 

 

The Off-Season - Are You Becoming a Better Bowhunter?

by Dustin DeCroo 14. June 2010 03:02
Dustin DeCroo

The months of January through August or September, for the majority of bowhunters, can be defined as the "off-season."  These are the months where you have the opportunity to recharge your batteries and spend every waking moment waiting for opening day.  The "off-season" is also time for fishing, camping, family, the lake, summer vacations and a multitude of other things.  I personally know lots of bowhunters that put away their bow and everything else until a couple weeks before the season begins and attempt to get to the top of their shooting game, hang stands and research new properties in a matter of a few days.  I'll be the first to admit that it's easy to get busy and push aside the "preparation" part of bowhunting.  In the last 5 years I've become much better at staying sharp in multiple aspects of bowhunting rather than trying to sharpen up as the season nears.  Whether your goal is to kill any deer or a monster buck, utilizing the "off-season" may help you accomplish your goal quicker.

One thing that I've noticed over the past few years is that the guys that consistently achieve their goals, don't have an "off-season."

If there is one thing that most bowhunters actually do in the "off-season," it is shooting their bow.  Spring and Summer are an excellent time to visit 3D shoots and other competitions to hone your skills.  Shooting is great, but if you're not able to put yourself in the position to get a shot, your shooting ability couldn't be more useless.

In the age of technology that we find ourselves in today, it's relatively simple to do things like overlaying a topo map with an aerial photo.  For obvious reasons, aerials and topos are probably one of the biggest advantages a bowhunter has over his quarry in understanding.  Combining any knowledge you might have of a property with aerials and topos can help you understand why the animals are doing what they are and where you may need to be.  Granted these tools can be utilized year round but the "off-season" gives you the opportunity to get into the woods and have a minimal affect on the game.  Using a GPS allows you to mark spots and see exactly where they are on both aerials and topos.



Images such as this can point out hot spots that even the most seasoned bowhunters could overlook

After you've prepared yourself and your property, it's time to try and further your knowledge and understanding of the animals you pursue.  Reading books, hunter experiences and other types of literature are an excellent way to elevate your mental game.  Bowhunting.com offers a quality lineup of reading material to help you get through the "off-season."  Just like anything else in life the better you understand what you're doing, the more successful you will be.


One good read that is offered here at bowhunting.com.  Click HERE to see the full selection.

Turn your "off-season" into a "pre-season," and ask yourself the question, "What am I doing to become a better bowhunter?"... The answer may surprise you.




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