Gear Tech: App Made for Hunting, Exploring

With onXmaps, you can create maps with the features you want, like wilderness areas, access points and satellite imagery. (Photo courtesy of manufacturer)

The latest, coolest gear tech to help you be a better hunter, angler and outdoorsman.


There's nothing more frustrating than being out hunting in new terrain, looking down at your phone for a map, and getting nothing because you are out of cell range.


You hold state-of-the-art technology in your hand, and, nothing. Worthless.

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With onX, you can create maps with the features you want, like wilderness areas, access points and satellite imagery. (Photo courtesy of manufacturer)

One solution comes from onX, an app made for exploring. OK, this only works if you do this before you head out, so don't blame me if you forget.

Before you go, you can create maps with the features you want, like wilderness areas, access points and satellite imagery, and then save the map to your phone.

The app uses the GPS in your phone and then pinpoints your position over your saved map. It tracks you, no cell reception required, and lets you check out the area via topo maps, satellite imagery or any of the other 12 types of map layers you have downloaded.

And the thing onX does best is update these land boundaries so you always know where you stand: That is, are you on the property where you can legally hunt or have permission to hunt?

The app is free, but you'll want to buy the state where you hunt, and that's about $30. (www.onxmaps.com) or onX on App Store or other download sites)

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