The next time you go hunting, you should consider bringing your iPhone with you and using the apps from this list to discover new hunting areas, track your hunt, use pre-recorded deer calls and sounds, keep a hunting journal, get instructions on how to best track and recover your deer, and more.
Hunting apps for iPhone can turn what’s already an indispensable tool in the arsenal of any modern hunter, a GPS-enabled smartphone with a high-resolution camera, into an electronic hunting companion with features that cover all aspects of hunting.
HuntStand covers all the basics. You can use it to check your wind, your weather, learn about solar and lunar phases, but that’s just where the fun begins. It’s only when you take HuntStand with you on a hunt and start creating sophisticated and detailed maps of your hunting areas when you get to experience what the app is all about.
HuntStand comes with 67 easily discernible marks that you can use add useful information to your maps, and several built-in measurement tools make it easy to calculate distance and area. You can the share your maps with your friends and club members or use the sync feature to view them on your computer.
For $10 per month, you can see private property boundaries and owner info, and it costs just $5.99 to remove ads from the app.
Most map apps only come with two map views: the satellite view and the street view, which highlights streets and roads. When you’re out there in the wilderness, sometimes you want to see a map that shows area boundaries, sometimes you want to see a map that shows temperature, and sometimes you want to see the location of nearby camps and popular hunting spots. If you use multiple apps to get all this information, you’ll find yourself constantly switching back and forth between them, which gets old quickly.
onXmaps: Hunt is an advanced GPS navigation app with many map layers that you can switch on and off depending on what information you want to see. You activate only a single layer or as many as you want. Location tracking with waypoints is fully supported, and so are many other features, including location sharing and area and distance measuring.
If you believe that using pre-recorded calls is cheating, you’re not the only one. Many hunters share the same opinion—usually until they first use an app like Deer Calls & Tactics Pro and score their best buck ever.
Deer Calls & Tactics Pro includes twelve basic types of deer calls and sounds, including a contact call, buck grunt, tending grunt, and rattling. The app provides helpful tips for each call, teaching you how to use it most effectively to maximize your chance of a successful hunt.
Think of Hunting Journal Pro as a smart journal for hunters. Compared to your trusted weather-proof notebook, it makes it easy to record your current position using GPS, and it automatically adds useful hunting data to every journal entry you make. After you use the app for a while, you discover how convenient it is to instantly find old journal entries from the previous season just by searching for a few keywords.
Your journal entries can be accessed from either the Hunting Journal Pro application or via your free ProHuntersJournal.com account. The app developers promise that all your journal entries, personal information, and location data will stay 100 percent private, unless you choose to make them public.
Shot Simulator isn’t a game. It’s a realistic, fully interactive 3D simulator that visually explains deer anatomy and teaches you how to drop a buck as humanely as possible. You can simulate a shot and see how to travels through the 3D model of a deer. With a tap on the screen, you can peel off the skin to view internal organs and the bone structure. By dragging your fingers on the screen, you can study the trajectory of the shot from different angles to determine, for example, how to hit both lungs at once without hitting the scapula.