Thanks to my 9th grade World Civilization teacher, I learned the 6 P’s: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
I’ve been sampling hunting apps for usability, accuracy and reliability. The accuracy part is to be determined, but here’s the skinny on the interface and usability for one particular app, “Hunt Predictor.”
Deer, turkey and waterfowl hunts in one mobile app
This free app can be used for deer, turkey and waterfowl hunts with a 7-day outlook on both the Droid and iPhone. I haven’t verified its accuracy during a hunting season yet, but so far it doesn’t seem clunky and it has yet to crash – all good things considering it’s a free app.
What’s your 20?
Using the GPS feature, I’ve landmarked multiple treestand locations and can view them with the following map types: terrain, road map, hybrid and satellite. With all four map options, I can see my current stand, think about future stand locations, and see the changes in the terrain of my property inside a single app. With a simple double tap on Hunt Predictor’s optimized map, you can zoom in to the exact latitude and longitude of your favorite hunting blinds or treestands – no address required.
It ranks weather conditions, pressure, temperature, moon illumination, wind speed and direction, the time of year (whether it’s peak time or not), and separates the information easily if you are a morning sitter or an evening go-getter.
Hope for 4 to 5 deer heads (or Meleagris gallopavo)
One other bonus: it ranks each category using deer heads – so the more deer heads for a particular category on a scale of 1-5, supposedly the better your chances of scoping a buck. If you base your hunts on weather alone, you can look at how many deer heads were given for each of the following categories: pressure, weather, temperature.
Another small step for the solunar theory man
If the moon is your tactical friend, one section ranks moon illumination with deer heads, again 1-5, and also by percentage, say 52 percent one day and 62 percent the next day.
For those of you who don’t want to get all fancy with percentages and numbers, just look at the line graph tab which draws a line on a graph telling you to camo-up or go back to bed.
Saying “the bads” is a little extreme
The only part I wish was different (I say this without having verified the accuracy of the app during a hunting season) is better usability when you are switching from one view to the next. I’ve gotten a little lost inside the app trying to navigate from one particular screen to the next, for example, switching from seeing my treestand terrain map to the weather predictions for that particular day.
What’s your favorite app
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