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

By    |   Monday, 01 June 2015 01:59 PM

A little searching online beforehand can make for a better hunting experience in the field. That's not to mention what the smart use of a smartphone can do for you while you're in the field. Here are some resources available online, and even for your cellphone, to enhance the experience in Ohio's great outdoors.

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1. Online Permit Purchase
The Ohio Division of Wildlife's license page is a one-stop online shop for buying or replacing licenses and permits, applying for license lotteries, check in game you bagged, sign up for hunter education and safety training, and do a little shopping.

2. Information Station
The Ohio Division of Wildlife's parent agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, offers a webpage of "Hunting Resources by Species." Topics include deer hunting regulations, hunter education, where to donate venison if you're so inclined, warnings and education about deer tick parasites, and even a form which a landowner can use to permit a hunter on his or her property and protect the landowner from liability.

3. Local Tourism Websites
The less-urbanized parts of Ohio often emphasize the advantages of local hunting. For example, the website for the visitors' bureau in Coshocton County, about halfway between Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, features the local Woodbury Wildlife Area, a state-operated 20,000-acre site, along with three other hunting sites and a shooting range. The Ohio official state tourism website contains a page of links on hunting, trapping and fishing information, including how to buy licenses.

4. Smartphone Applications
Trimble offers a series of "off-the-grid" smartphone apps, including state-specific maps down to the county level. Designed to work in areas where no cellular service is available, features include MicroSD cards with topographical maps and two semi-annual updates. The Ohio package includes full detailed property-line information in 81 of Ohio's 88 counties and partial coverage of two more. However, it's pricier than your average smartphone app.

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At the other end of the affordability spectrum, the HUNT App offers public and private land ownership maps for all 50 states. This can be combined with your phone's GPS on your iPhone or iPad to let you keep track of where you are in relation to those property lines and state hunting area boundaries. It also lets the user create custom waypoints with photos. It's free in the iTunes store. There's also a free seven-day trial for the premium membership, which features more interactivity and information packages tailored to each state.

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

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