Sep 16, 2011, 1:01 AM EDT
By Bill Miller
Mark Twain is reported to have said, “A great deal has been said about the weather, but very little has ever been done about it.” (“Reported” because he’s quoted as having said it. Apparently this bromide never showed up in anything Twain wrote or at least that’s been published anyway.) This philosophy is exactly how hunters must approach the weather’s impact on our precious time in the field. We can’t change the weather, but we have the ability to decide what, when, where and how to hunt to make the most of any weather conditions.
Making the best decisions means having accurate weather forecasts, and not just for a general region, but precision forecasts right down to individual deer stands and duck blinds. The weather, and in particular the wind, play the biggest role in selecting hunting methods and choice of stands for any given outing.
That’s where the new ScoutLook Weather app for both iphones and androids comes into play. It’s a weather app built by hunters for hunters and provides levels of precision and record-keeping functions unmatched by any other weather forecasting application.
What do we hunters do most with our smartphones while we’re hunting? We check the weather … to the point of obsession with some guys. Most mortal weather apps only give you a SWAG at conditions based on input as broad as an entire zip code zone, but we need to know what the wind is doing precisely at each of our stand locations to make the best decisions on which to hunt and which stands to rest. For waterfowl hunters the exact wind direction at individual blinds will determine which we choose to hunt and how we will set the decoys once we are there.
Enter the exclusive features of ScoutLook Weather. The new ScoutLook Weather app breaks down hunting areas into tiny forecast grids less than half the size used by most other weather apps. Using Google Maps, you peg the precise location of each of your hunting stands. Then ScoutLook tells you exactly what the wind is doing at each stand. Same goes for any waterfowl blind in the Lower 48 States.
But it doesn’t stop there. Next ScoutLook’s exclusive ScentCone technology shows you how scent will move from that stand for 72 hours. You can also mark game activity with the unique ScoutMarX feature. Waterfowl hunters choose the SetZone tab and the app will show the direction the birds will approach the blind with wings locked and feet down. Now you don’t have to stick your wet finger in the air when you get to the blind and determine how to set your rig. A quick check of ScoutLook and you can start planning the set up to three days in advance!
And the list of special features for hunters goes on!
I just added ScoutLook to my Android smartphone’s apps, and I’m guessing it will quickly become the most used feature I’ve got on it!
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