Hunter's Gear: This Watch 'Hears' Your Shot

Hunter's Gear: This Watch 'Hears' Your Shot
Traverse Alpha (

A compass company from Finland thinks Americans looking for hunting gear will want to buy their watch because they put some interesting technology in it.

The Traverse Alpha by Suunto has a built-in accelerometer that detects when you fire your gun.

This is the first time we've ever heard if an accelerometer used in a watch like this.

Your smartphone uses an accelerometer to keep the screen upright. Missiles and spacecraft use them for navigation.

Traverse Alpha (

But watches for hunting and tracking?

No, that's a new one.

But it's also a cool concept, because, combined with other features on the watch and a free online mapping service, you can see exactly what elevation from which you shoot, what time you shot, where on a topo you were and how many yards away from game you were when you took the shot.

Imagine the implications for tracking.

The Traverse Alpha (MSRP $569) also has what you'd hope from a hunting tool: the ability to mark various POIs, a track-back feature, GPS/Glonass, a red backlight that won't dilate pupils, and, oh yeah, it can tell you what time it is.

Other gear articles that might interest you:

Recommended for You


Upon Further Review: 70-Year-Old Catfish Record Voided

G&F Online Staff - May 22, 2019

Experts agree record channel cat caught in 1949 was actually a blue catfish.


Game & Fish Magazine Names New Editorial Director

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

Adam Heggenstaller takes over after 14 years with NRA Publications.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Berkley's Frittside Crankbaits

World Fishing Network show host Chad LaChance had a chance to visit with legendary crankbait master David Fritts about his new Frittside crankbaits from Berkley. LaChance, host of the Fishful Thinker on WFN, also got a few cranking tips from Fritts, the former Classic and Forrest Wood Cup champion.

Lure Lock Tackle Cases: No-Spill, No-Scent

Glenn Walker talks us through the soy-based technology that makes Lure Logic cases spill-proof and scent-proof. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

Electric Filet Knife from Bubba Blades

As OSG's Lynn Burkhead looks on, Josh Neville shows off the cordless and corded versions of a new electric filet knife from Bubba Blades.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories


10 Biggest Catfish World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - December 08, 2014

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a...


10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems

Anietra Hamper

Fishing reel maintenance provides a steady stream of business for The Fisherman's Warehouse


7 Best Bets For New Jersey Largemouth Bass

October 04, 2010

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll...

See More Stories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.