Best Smartphone Hunting Apps

What apps do our deer hunting experts have loaded on their smartphones? Read on and see

By: Lynn Burkhead

Best Smartphone Hunting Apps

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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re a culture that always seems to be engaged electronically with our smartphone’s, tablets and laptop computers.

In fact, even while we’re in the unlikely spot known as the whitetail woods, ours is a time when nearly all people are electronically connected to the internet and each other.

This runaway trend in recent years has caused a number of smartphone apps to be developed, some specifically aimed at the nation’s deer hunters while many others help out those hunters in their woodsy activities in a more inadvertent fashion.

From Google Earth and its superb aerial photos to apps for hunting personalities like Lee and Tiffany Lakosky of Crushville to outdoors entertainment apps like MyOutdoorTV to apps designed for a specific brand of clothing or gear, there is no shortage of apps designed to help deer hunters enjoy their sport and be more successful at it.

What are the apps that most of our deer hunting experts on Outdoor Sportsman Group programming use?

Well, we asked them that question and came up with a number of different answers. Here’s a sample of what they told us:

Melissa Bachman (Winchester Deadly Passion): “Years ago, I downloaded this app called Shot Simulator and it has been so helpful in the field. It allows you to position the deer exactly as you shot it and then you can peel away the skin and layers to get a better idea of exactly what vital organs you hit. I’ve even pulled it out for other guys in camp to use as well.”

Download the Shot Simulator app from iTunes.

Dan Braman (Wildlifers): “(I like) onXmaps for sure. It makes knowing your property boundaries easy and it allows you to completely cover an area, knowing exactly where you are.”

Download the onX Hunt Hunting GPS Maps app from iTunes or Google Play.

Matt Bullins (Whitetail Fix): “We use various apps, but some of our favorites are definitely weather apps. Plus things like HuntStand, ScoutLook, etc.”

Download the HuntStand app from iTunes or Google Play.

Ralph Cianciarulo (Archer’s Choice, The Choice): “My weather app, of course! Why is that? Because you need to know and understand the weather and what it does to deer movement.”

Mark Drury (Thirteen): “It would have to be, their little weather app. I’m on it all day, every day.”

Download The Weather Channel app from iTunes or Google Play.

Bill Gorman (L.L.Bean Guide to the Outdoors): “I’m currently using the Primos Hunting App since it shows current weather, wind, etc.”

Download the Primos Hunting Calls app from iTunes or Google Play.

Jim Shockey (UNCHARTED): “(smartphone app)? Seriously, what’s an app?”

Trevon Stoltzfus (Outback Outdoors): “I like ScoutLook since it gives real-time wind direction for sitting at specific stands.”

Download the ScoutLook Hunting app from iTunes or Google Play.

Notice any trends there? Certainly weather and mapping apps are big for most of our deer hunters and they probably should be for you too.

And finally, don’t forget to download the MyOutdoorTV app. The app is available for download on iOS and Android devices.

That way, you can stay informed, connected and entertained out in the field as you hunt deer.

Just remember not to get caught on your smartphone this fall when the best white-tailed deer of the year comes walking by!