We use our cellphones for just about everything these days. From watching movies to making movies, ordering food, or looking up recipes, they’ve become indispensable. Occasionally, you might even use yours to make telephone calls. Why not put your cellphone to work for you in the field? Instead of leaving your phone in the truck, why not give your next hunt a technological edge? We’ve compiled some of the best hunting apps on the market. Check them out and add one to your hunting kit.
Like with any kind of gear, there isn’t really a one-size-fits-all solution but you can get apps that are tailored to your hunting needs. We’ll break them into categories and let you know how much you’ll pay, if anything, for the best services on each.
Best Hunting App for Private Land – HuntStand
If you’re a landowner or hunt private lands, HuntStand is the app for you. This app is heavy on features and versatility and is available on both Android and iOS. At its core, HuntStand is a mapping app, It’s the extra features that make it one of the best hunting apps.
Firstly, the app shows private property lines. This lets landowners and hunters alike know their hunting range and how close they are to public land. This helps to keep everyone legal while in the field.
If you’re maintaining a piece of property to hunt on, the app’s features get even more useful. For instance, you can mark the locations of tree stands, blinds, and trail cameras on the app. In addition to that, you can mark paths, water sources, and other important spots on the map.
HuntStand takes most of the guesswork out of hunting on private land. The app itself is free and the free features are incredibly useful. If you want the whole experience, though, it’ll cost you around 25 bucks a year.
Best Planning App – BaseMap
Proper preparation prevents poor performance. With BaseMap, you can prepare your entire hunt before hitting the field. Some of its features are the same as HuntStand but goes into more detail in some areas. It includes land parcel boundary markers as well as the names of landowners.
What really sets BaseMap apart from other hunting apps is its in-depth weather and species range map features. The weather features go beyond temperature and precipitation. They cover barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, moon phase, and more. This allows you to know exactly what conditions you’re heading into.
The species range maps let you know what kind of game or other animals are usually found in the area you plan to hunt. This can be useful for both finding or avoiding certain species.
Every piece of information you can gather on a hunt helps, this app will help you gather plenty. For just thirty bucks, you can get coverage of all fifty states. For an extra ten, you can get the desktop app that lets you access the app from your computer.
Hunting App With the Coolest Feature – ScoutLook
When looking at the best hunting apps on the market, you tend to expect some pretty interesting features. ScoutLook has one of the coolest features of them all. Along with weather forecasts, a deer log, and other fairly standard features is the app’s ScentCone feature.
ScentCone uses wind speed and direction to show how your scent will travel. It will show where your scent is going and how far it’s moving. This can both help you hide your scent from game in your lane or to spread the scent of your attractant.
This app is available for both Android and iOS for free. However, if you want to get the ad-free version it’ll cost you about ten dollars a year. To add property lines, you’ll have to pay an extra six dollars a month.
Best App for New Hunters – Powderhook
This year, more people are getting out in the woods for the first time or rekindling their passion for the outdoors. It can be hard to find a place to hunt if you’re a new hunter, new to the area, or just out of the loop. The team at Powederhook wants to make it a little easier to get out there and hunt or fish. Their approach is two-fold.
Firstly, it is a mapping app. It shows all of the public hunting and fishing lands in your area. By tapping on an area, you can find out the name of the piece of land and other vital information. There are also links to the area’s online presence so you can be sure to have all of the information before embarking on a hunt.
Secondly, it is a social media app that brings hunters together. Not only does it help hunters find a place to go, but it also allows them to connect with other hunters from that area. They can exchange information, tips, and photos.
Powderhook is building an online community alongside its other functions. You can get it on both iOS and Android. The best part is the price. It’s free.
Bonus: An App That Every Outdoorsman Needs – SAS Survival Guide
This app doesn’t have any high tech features. What it does have is a wealth of information. You never know what’s going to happen. This is true for everyday life and even more so when you’re out in the wild. This handy guide has great information that can prepare you for several situations.
From finding shelter to purifying water to surviving extreme conditions, this app has all the survival information you could need. Other than the information available, the best part of the app is that you don’t need cell service or an internet connection to use it. All the information is at your fingertips.
The SAS Survival Guide is available for free on both Android and iOS.