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WYrider
01-19-2012, 11:52 AM
I guess I am a little behind on this sort of thing. I thought I would never need or use an IPhone. I could care less about surfing the Internet and checking email on one as I have a laptop with me most of the time for work. But I was out riding snowmobiles with a few friends and they had Iphones with google earth and gps. It was sure handy being able to see that just over the ridge from you there was an open valley. Something you cant see from a topo map. I'm not sure that alone can get me into getting one, so I was just wondering what else these phones can do for me in the back country? I see Cabelas has an app for hunting use?? What other apps do you guys have for using while in the outdoors.

Also What phones to look for. Right now I have AT&T but will most likely be going to Verizon has there service is better here.

Drhorsepower
01-19-2012, 12:02 PM
I have an iPhone. There is cool apps, for me the topomap app gives me the best use for hunting. As far use while hunting, it serves the same amount of purpose as a rock in my pack. Usually doesn't have service where I hunt. It serves me well for other aspects in my life though.

WYrider
01-19-2012, 12:11 PM
We don't have cell service where we where snowmobiling either. I snowmobile and hunt in the same area. But they had the maps for the area cached (sp) before we had no service and the gps worked without service?

Ikeepitcold
01-19-2012, 12:15 PM
I also have a IPhone and IPad. Google earth is bad ass but you do have to have service to use it. What I do is use my IPad now but used to use my laptop, and before a hunt I will bring up GE and save the the areas I'm looking at to My Documents so when I get there and we are at base camp I have all of the visual maps of the whole area saved and won't need service to look at it. All of the GPS apps also need a good connection to work. AT&T sucks were I hunt to but I take a pay as you go Verizon phone because the service is much better in the woods. When you get the phone read the entire info in the app and it will usually say if it needs to have service or some WiFi.

Bitterroot Bulls
01-19-2012, 12:21 PM
Get the Gaia GPS app for the iPhone. You can use Internet connections to stream Google Earth and all the USGS quads seamless! You can also download portions of the seamless USGS topos to your phone for offline use. Gaia also turns your iPhone into a high functionality GPS online or off.

Ikeepitcold
01-19-2012, 12:31 PM
Get the Gaia GPS app for the iPhone. You can use Internet connections to stream Google Earth and all the USGS quads seamless! You can also download portions of the seamless USGS topos to your phone for offline use. Gaia also turns your iPhone into a high functionality GPS online or off.

Just checked that out BB looks pretty cool.

Highcountry Dreams
01-19-2012, 12:47 PM
Another great app is AccuTerra Unlimited. It shows public/private boundaries in caches maps (so it works without cell coverage). Also allows you to switch between satellite imagery and topo maps seamlessly, although you need cell coverage for sat imagery. I use this app so much that I had to get a solar charger to keep my iPhone charged!

WYrider
01-19-2012, 01:08 PM
Another great app is AccuTerra Unlimited. It shows public/private boundaries in caches maps (so it works without cell coverage). Also allows you to switch between satellite imagery and topo maps seamlessly, although you need cell coverage for sat imagery. I use this app so much that I had to get a solar charger to keep my iPhone charged!

That was another question I was going to ask. I was looking at Bruntons solar chargers and am wondering what one to get for mainly just an Iphone?

A bunch of great apps here. Thanks for the info.

Kevin Root
01-19-2012, 02:10 PM
Get the Gaia GPS app for the iPhone. You can use Internet connections to stream Google Earth and all the USGS quads seamless! You can also download portions of the seamless USGS topos to your phone for offline use. Gaia also turns your iPhone into a high functionality GPS online or off.

Wow, This forum never ceases to amaze me here on Eastman's. I work at Apple Inc. I've been here since 1987 and I did not know about this yet :D. It does not surprise me as innovation here at Apple flies by quicker than I can type this note. Free for the iPhone app is a good price too. I think I'll have to get that one and try it out. I read recently you have the iPad now Bitterroot Bulls. I'm seeing they have a version for that as well although I'm just learning about it from what you just wrote. Thanks for the update!

Kevin Root
01-19-2012, 02:17 PM
Another great app is AccuTerra Unlimited. It shows public/private boundaries in caches maps (so it works without cell coverage). Also allows you to switch between satellite imagery and topo maps seamlessly, although you need cell coverage for sat imagery. I use this app so much that I had to get a solar charger to keep my iPhone charged!

I'll have to check this one out more at home when I get off work. This one sounds cool too. I guess I need to search the apps out more than I do. Sounds like there are some good ones out there now. Thanks for the update!

Bitterroot Bulls
01-19-2012, 02:26 PM
Wow, This forum never ceases to amaze me here on Eastman's. I work at Apple Inc. I've been here since 1987 and I did not know about this yet :D. It does not surprise me as innovation here at Apple flies by quicker than I can type this note. Free for the iPhone app is a good price too. I think I'll have to get that one and try it out. I read recently you have the iPad now Bitterroot Bulls. I'm seeing they have a version for that as well although I'm just learning about it from what you just wrote. Thanks for the update!

Kevin,

I do have the iPad version. Typing this on my can't-live-without-it iPad 2 now. It is awesome.

Drhorsepower
01-19-2012, 03:29 PM
I'll have to check this one out more at home when I get off work. This one sounds cool too. I guess I need to search the apps out more than I do. Sounds like there are some good ones out there now. Thanks for the update!

They have a free version where you can download four tiles. It's an awesome app as far as land ownership it seems!! It doesnt name mountains or creeks though. At least I can't figure it out! This is the best map I have found though minus any identifying features.

Kevin Root
01-19-2012, 04:16 PM
They have a free version where you can download four tiles. It's an awesome app as far as land ownership it seems!! It doesnt name mountains or creeks though. At least I can't figure it out! This is the best map I have found though minus any identifying features.

Land ownership and a free app. I really need to check the app store more than I do :D.

Drhorsepower
01-19-2012, 04:18 PM
Yeah it is more a trial version. Four tiles is small but might have me sold for the unlimited version.

jenbickel
01-19-2012, 07:47 PM
I love the cabelas app for my iphone and I also like that you can turn it into a spot receiver. My butt gets lost too much so I can honestly say my iphone saves my life ;)

Drelk
01-19-2012, 10:32 PM
Just downloaded the accuterra app for the iPad. Pretty amazed so far. Great detail. And you can switch from topographic to satellite imagery quickly.

I have had the cabelas recon hunt app since this past fall. Not overly impressed with it. My complaint is that it is not user friendly enough for me. Maybe that is saying something about me not the app though. I live on my iPhone for work and play. Love it

wolftalonID
01-21-2012, 04:36 PM
I bought the iphone after hunting with two guys that had them. My bb had no service most places we were while they did. The access to maps and GE was more than enough for me to decide. However my deciding factor was the wifi. Where i work i am gone two weeks at a time and the wifi allows me to use skype via the office sat internet and call home.

buckbull
01-22-2012, 09:34 AM
Heck guys, you can use your iPhone as a bow sight:

http://www.firenock.com/main.php?page=iBowSight

Pretty cool stuff.

wolftalonID
01-22-2012, 01:17 PM
wow!!!! Thats sorta awesome, except my state wont allow electronics mounted to my bow.
If it did though, makes me wonder if I need to get a camo pocket protector to go with it!! lol.
Pretty cool though that it records!! What a shot that would be on film with the nice cameras the iphones support as it is.

jenbickel
01-22-2012, 06:19 PM
Heck guys, you can use your iPhone as a bow sight:

http://www.firenock.com/main.php?page=iBowSight

Pretty cool stuff.

That is outrageously sweet!!! I think I just may have to get it!

hardstalk
01-23-2012, 07:07 AM
I helped a friend who guides for bighorns here in Nevada last year on a hunt. He was running late one day with the client in his truck while we were glassing at first light. We spotted several groups of sheep and sent exact coordinates to his I phone from another I phone the hunt was over two hours into opening day. His phone gave him directions from his location straight to the sheep. It was a high technology hunt but was fun to watch pan out.