MAP IT OUT. While the near-term path is clear (continued cold and snowy conditions) for planning a spring fishing trip, or looking to fall and an epic big-game hunt, having the right maps and apps at hand not only gets a plan in place, but also gives you something to do during the winter doldrums. We talk mapping technology 101 in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: On Track. Having a GPS with a state map chip helps hunts go better. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 2/9 – The Donut! Hi 0, Lo -7, Wind E@8. 1” Snow
Tomorrow: Sun 2/10 – Warmer w. Snow. Hi 15, Lo 0, Wind SE@11. 3.5” Snow
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:43AM 11:58PM 5:15PM 4:53AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (29% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00-6:00PM. Moon overhead and sunset will help close out the weekend in our Edge Hour.
ON THE WATER. Chips from market leaders Navionics and LakeMaster are fantastic resources, and with the expansion of SD card memory over the past decade, these chips hold thousands of lakes and incredible detail. Both companies offer smartphone apps as well.
MAKE TRACKS. Trax Map chips from ND Company Kirsch’s Outdoors cover 13 western states, clearly defining public and private lands, with basic contours for many lakes as well. In all counties where available these additions to your GPS also provide the phone number for landowners right on the map screen.
APP ATTACK. Expanding cell phone coverage even in remote areas makes apps like OnX Hunt a reality in the field, and with a download option, map images can be saved to a phone where connection gets spotty. From a single state to the entire country, offerings from $30 per year to $100 per year are available for local hunters or those on the move.