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Is the outdoors calling?

Answer it with an app

Posted 10/26/18

Since mobile phones are woven into everyday life, and come packed with features, why not make the most of it when you get outdoors? There’s an app for just about everything under the sun (or …

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Is the outdoors calling?

Answer it with an app


Since mobile phones are woven into everyday life, and come packed with features, why not make the most of it when you get outdoors? There’s an app for just about everything under the sun (or moon), and quality varies. Here are some apps that are either free or inexpensive.

Ios: https://goo.gl/KzxRdW
Android: https://goo.gl/PwnYgU
Plot locations, stands and more on maps. HuntCast™ Predictions and Hunting Forecast showing optimum hunt days for multiple species or big and small game. Also has a space to share photos and hunting tales. Has a tab with links to buy hunting gear.

Ios: https://goo.gl/pmqrhE
Android: Coming soon
Download maps—for free—and use them offline so you never get lost. Use Cairn to share your location during your adventures. An alert can be sent to contacts with your last location if you’re gone too long. 

Ios: https://goo.gl/UxwZPL
Android: https://goo.gl/5ceejV
Same as Huntwise but made for fishing. 

Ios: https://goo.gl/UhXYLn
Android: none
Think of it as Facebook for the outdoors. Nothing but hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities on here. Posts are tailored to interests selected at registration. 

$2.99 (sometimes discounted  to free)
Ios: https://goo.gl/GFbYkw
A great addition to the iPhone, this app takes amazing photos and allows adjustment of exposure and focus as you shoot and a plethora of simple yet effective tools to edit the photos with after. Use the Stabilizer to steady your iPhone and get the sharpest photos you can. 

There is a free version of this app which does not have as many bells and whistles
Camera+ Free 
Ios: https://goo.gl/QSPhfA
Android: none

Sky Guide
$2.99 (sometimes discounted to free)
Ios: https://goo.gl/XhQd2W
Android: none
A 2014 design-winning app, Sky Guide really helps you figure out what that light in the sky is. Simply hold your phone overhead and Sky Guide automatically adjusts to your viewing direction so you can easily identify stars, planets, constellations and more. It even has a night vision adjustment so the light from your phone doesn’t mess with your sight. 

Ios: https://goo.gl/hnkNJi
Android: https://goo.gl/Krg9HA
HuntFishNY is the official New York State Department of Environmental Conservation app. Simple, user-friendly way to display your sporting license and/or privileges as well as a method to report the harvest of a deer, bear or a turkey immediately while afield. It also comes loaded with other features. The only catch is registering (which needs a ton of personal information) and logging in (which can be spotty at times). 

Ios: https://goo.gl/3TU78Q
Android: https://goo.gl/ijqWTL
FishBoatPA is the official app from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Access to fishing and boating regulations, “near-me” mapping feature for locating boating access points, stocked trout streams and lakes, and where to purchase fishing licenses, trout-stocking information, fish identification tool, trophy case for logging and sharing your catches with friends.

Ios: https://goo.gl/X392Ze
Android: https://goo.gl/6avPWi
This weather app has a ton of options with accurate sunrise, sunsets, wind, precipitation, radar and lots more. It’s presented in either charts and listings, or clean-looking graphs. You can set and tag multiple locations and even change the location where the forecast comes from. 

Note: The Pennsylvania Game Commission doesn’t have an official app. The mobile version of the hunting and trapping digest can be found at read.nxtbook.com/pgc/huntingtrapping/20172018/index.html#cover


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