Hunters use apps while in the field

Before loading guns, hunters loading smartphones with apps

by Ben Jones, USA Today  |  published on November 24, 2012

MADISON, WIS. — There was a time when hunters took to the woods with little more than a gun and ammunition. But as thousands gear up for hunting season, many will be armed with something a lot more technical.

Tim Kuski of Wausau, Wis., will navigate terrain with satellite maps he downloaded on his smartphone as he takes part in deer hunting season. “In my whole life, we used topographic maps to move around,” Kuski says. “Now, with cellphone reception what it is, the GPS and the satellite views are amazing.”

Smartphones are useful to hunters in ways far beyond navigation. A growing number of states and private companies are releasing smartphone apps that hunters can use to access key information while in the field.

Wisconsin released a 99-cent Android app this month that allows hunters to track the exact time of sunrise and sunset through the phone’s GPS – information key to determine when it’s legal to shoot small game, turkey, deer or bear.

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