Posts Tagged ‘hunting’

Review of the 2015 GoHuntPA Toolkit Mobile App

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

This app has nine features. Seven are clunky / unnecessary. Two are handy.

  1. GoHuntPA ToolkitThe AR Gameland Finder looks in a direction & shows Gamelands on the horizon. There’s no way to define the radius, leaving you to consult a map. Perhaps it would be good when walking through the woods, trying to find the gameland you wish to hunt, but the map would work for that, right?
  2. MAPS feature shows where gamelands are located. Combined with the GPS, this is useful to ensure you’re on state gameland. This is the best feature of the GoHuntPA Toolkit. I’m leaving it on my phone for this feature alone.
  3. The INSTAGRAM feature takes you to pics posted by MYGOHUNTPAMOMENT. This is useful if you don’t know how to use Instagram. But if you don’t know how to use Instagram, you probably don’t have an Instagram account. Still, you can browse pictures of other hunters. And, as I understand it, stalking is part of hunting, unless you’re hunting turkey.
  4. SEASONS & BAGS has an icon that looks like a calendar, but it doesn’t take you to a calendar. Instead, it takes you to the PA Game Commission website. And it’s not formatted for your cell phone. Does it seem strange to anyone else when data is loaded into an app for your mobile device and it’s hard to read because it’s not formatted for your mobile device?
  5. The LAWS & REGULATIONS is a PDF of “The PA Hunting & Trapping Digest” that is, once again, not formatted for mobile use.
  6. SUNRISE / SUNSET is handy if you don’t have a smartphone to ask. “OK GOOGLE, WHAT TIME DOES THE SUN SET TODAY?”
  7. WEATHER is good if you don’t have a weather app or web browser to give you the weather.
  8. The SOS function is very handy. Although most smartphones let you attach your location to a text, the GoHuntPA Toolkit does this for you. At your instruction, it will send a text or email asking your emergency contact for help, giving them your coordinates and a link to Google Maps showing them where you are. This is another good feature.
  9. TRACKER — If you don’t have location sharing with G+ this would be a substitute.

All in all, this isn’t a bad app for the price. (It’s free.) However, with the exception of the maps and SOS functiond, it’s unnecessary.

Cheap Gun Light

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Recently, while doing some coyote hunting, I’ve been thinking about how great it would be to have a light mounted to my shotgun. Buying one that is ready-made can be pretty expensive.

I had a little LED light I bought at a checkout in my local hardware store for $1.99. When I stopped at a local outdoors store, I found the device to attach it.

Initially I attached it down near the pump. That caused the barrel to cast a significant shadow. Moving it near the muzzle eliminated the shadow.

Total cost: $10 and change.