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iPhone for Hunters - Hunting Apps

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 12/27/2010

Deer hunters often carry their iPhone into the woods with them, and here are some of the best iPhone hunting apps that you may need when out there looking for Bambi.

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    iPhone Hunting Apps

    Hunting is a learned pastime that has been taught from generation to generation, and a wealth of information is available on the subject. Most states even require you to take a hunter's education class of some kind before you can acquire a hunting license. With so much to learn before you step into the woods with a loaded rifle or shotgun, here are some great iPhone hunting apps that every hunter should keep handy because you never know when you might need them.

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    The Weather Channel

    Weather Channel App The most important app any hunter could need is the free one from The Weather Channel, because the weather greatly dictates what you can expect from your hunting trip. Most people wouldn't care for going hunting in the pouring rain, nor would you want to go out if it is too warm outside. Knowing what the weather may be like the next morning or the upcoming weekend will also help you decide what kind of gear to bring and how to properly prepare for your trip. The Weather Channel app is free and simple to use, and it provides you up-to-date info on the weather, no matter where you are.

    If you prefer to get your weather information from other sources, be sure to check out our list of the best weather apps for iPhone.

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    Falcon Guide's Scats and Tracks

    Part of a successful hunt is knowing where to find game, and this begins by looking for signs like animal tracks and droppings. During deer season, you can tell if bucks are in the area by looking for scrapes and rubs on trees and on the ground. Falcon Guides has put together a very detailed series of apps that identifies scats and tracks left behind by animals of certain regions like the southeast, Pacific coast, and so on. Whether you are hunting or just out observing nature, these reference guides offer a wealth of information for just $3.99 each.

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    Winchester Ballistics Calculator

    Winchester Ballistics Having all the gear in the world won't make a difference if you can't hit what you're aiming at, and that's where this free Winchester Ballistics Calculator app comes in. The purpose of this app is to show you how bullets will perform over long distances, and this is important when sighting in your rifle because bullets can drop quite a bit from 200 or more yards out, depending on the round. This app is specific to Winchester brand ammunition and is a great way to research buying your next deer rifle.

    For more technical information on ballistics apps, be sure to read our list of the best iPhone ballistics apps.

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    Game Call Apps

    There are quite a few wild game call apps on iTunes, and I don't recommend any of them unless it's for educational purposes. These apps contain recordings of sounds like deer grunts, turkey gobbles, and more. The problem is that the iPhone's speakers just can't produce the proper volume needed to mimic the sound effect in the wild. If you get out in the woods and start playing those sounds, you're more likely to scare something off than attract a wild animal. If anything, you could use one of these game call apps to hear the natural animal sound so that you can properly mimic it with a real game call.

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    Pocket First Aid & CPR

    Pocket First Aid The last thing any hunter wants is to get out in the middle of the woods and have some kind of accident, but occasionally some emergencies will arise. That's why knowing basic first aid is not only helpful to others around you, but it could save your own life. This app was famously used by a man named Dan Wholley who survived an earthquake in Haiti by following it's advice. The American Heart Association is who released this $3.99 app, and it's worth having just in case. For more information, be sure to check out our list of the best first aid apps for iPhone.

    (Image credits: Apple iTunes)