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Hunting in Massachusetts: Online Resources and Mobile Apps to Enhance the Field Experience

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:40 AM

In an age of digital resources for just about anything, hunters in Massachusetts may be interested in knowing they can use online resources and mobile apps to enhance their field experiences.

These online resources can include maps, animal field keys and tips. Keep in mind, though, that hunting on Sunday is prohibited in Massachusetts.

One place to plug into your smartphone is the mass.gov site that lists maps and destinations for fishing, hunting, and hiking or just wildlife watching.

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The wildlife land maps include wildlife management areas and can be accessed through the Mass Wildlife Lands Viewer. This tool will show you land jointly owned by the Department of Fish and Game and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife throughout the commonwealth.

To use it you click on the drop menu and search by property name. The maps are printable and include: Wildlife lands, which offers advice for the hunter, fisherman, trapper, or for wildlife-related recreation. Pond maps also are available that include water depth and maps of publicly accessed lakes and ponds broken down by district.

An advantage of this map is it gives directions to public access pond ramps and facilities at each site as well as information for saltwater and river sites. There are maps for estimated habitats, vernal pools that are protected — and for the hunter — there are two specialty maps, such as the Wildlife Management Zone, that lets deer hunters know where to go for the best deer finds and other game animals that may be hunted.

Want to figure out where the best habitat for your target species is? Try the MassGIS Data BioMap2 Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscapes map. This map identifies large vegetated blocks that are free from road and other developmental impact.

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Hi-tech hunters may use apps available through iTunes. Here are a few:

1. Hunt Predictor uses an advanced prediction formula for deer, turkey, and waterfowl. It has a five-day prediction forecast.

2. HUNT App that uses GPS and displays land ownership information for a given state.

3. Ihunt Journal
is an all-in-one hunting app. It will manage hunting memories, keeps statistics, and allows for research and plans.

4. Deer Calls & Tactics Pro is a collection of deer calls and deer sounds available on the iPhone.

5. ArcheryPal, an app for archers, calculates arrow speed, kinetic energy, and helps determine proper balance for arrows. It provides graphs to track progress and has navigation points so you can get back to a certain spot.

There are GPS hunt apps to find great hunting spots with weather forecasts and sun/moon phases; a Primos Wind app for predicting wind direction that has a compass; and a property manager utility for hunters called Whitetail Freaks Property Manager Utility for Hunting that marks property boundaries, tree stand locations, food plots, and other tools.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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