Mark Twain is reported to have said, “A great deal has been said about the weather, but very little has ever been done.” (“Reported” because he’s quoted as having said it. Apparently this bromide never showed up in anything Twain wrote, or at least that’s been published.) Yet, this philosophy is exactly how hunters must approach the weather’s impact on our time afield. We can’t change the weather, but we control decisions of what, when, where and how to hunt and make the most of any weather conditions.
Making the best decisions requires accurate weather forecasts—not just for a region, but right down to individual deer stands and duck blinds. The weather, and in particular the wind, play the biggest role in selecting hunting methods and stands for any outing.
That’s where the new ScoutLook Weather app for both iPhones and Androids comes into play. It’s a weather app built by hunters for hunters, and provides precision and even record-keeping unmatched by any other weather app.
What do us hunters do most with our smartphones while we’re hunting? We check the weather to the point of obsession. Most weather apps only give you a SWAG at conditions based on input as broad as an entire zip code zone, but we need to know what the wind is doing precisely at each of our stand locations to make the best decisions on which to hunt and which to rest. For waterfowl hunters, exact wind direction at individual blinds will determine which we choose and how we set the decoys once we are there.
The new ScoutLook Weather app breaks down hunting areas into tiny forecast grids less than half the size of the grid used by most others. Using Google maps, you peg the precise location of each of your hunting stands. Then ScoutLook tells you exactly what the wind is doing at each stand. Same goes for any waterfowl blind anywhere in the lower 48 states.
But it doesn’t stop there. ScoutLook’s exclusive ScentCone Wind Map technology shows you how scent will move from each stand for 72 hours. You can also mark game activity with the unique ScoutMarX feature. Waterfowl hunters choose the SetZone tab, and the app will show the direction the birds will approach with wings locked and feet down. Now you don’t have to stick your wet finger in the air when you get to the blind to determine how to set your rig. A quick check of ScoutLook allows you to start planning your setup 3 days in advance! All the locations you save in your ScoutLook account can be accessed from your smartphone or your home computer. The list of special features for hunters goes on!
I just added ScoutLook to my Android smartphone’s app lineup, and I’m betting it will quickly become the most used feature on it. Don't take my word for it; check it out and download ScoutLook for your smartphone—it'll probably be the best $1.99 you've ever spent on hunting gear.