Most of us have become accustomed to Facebook, Twitter and other social sharing websites. But did you know that—even beyond forums—there are several smaller social sites dedicated solely to hunters?
There are actually quite a number of them, but here are just a few: MyBuckStory.com, Camo Space, Hunt Drop, SeeMeHunt and Deer Space. I could probably go on for a while, but I think I've made my case.
I’ve signed up for each of the aforementioned sites at one time or another, and my interest level dissolved after some time. Some of these sites have kept me interested for longer than others. For instance, MyBuckStory.com differs from almost all other social sharing sites—hunting and non-hunting related. The concept behind it is sharing stories, photos and videos from your hunts. Yes, it does have most of the popular inner workings that are common among other social sites, such as making "friends," but the core of the site offers a uniquely engaging means of grabbing the user's attention. I think it’s fun to hear hunting stories from others and compare their notes to my own hunts.
HuntDrop.com is another up-and-comer on the scene. There is plenty of hype on Facebook about this one, and the concept seems solid. Heck, if all of its Facebook fans convert into members on HuntDrop.com, it could be the biggest social sharing site for hunters to date.
I had the chance to beta test HuntDrop.com last week. Of course, it's geared toward the hunting community, but it appears to be quite similar to Pinterest. I will have to spend more time on this site to develop a well-rounded opinion, but it could end up being worthwhile.
Are Social Sharing Sites Worth Your Time?
Let’s face it: It's unlikely that these sites will ever be able to recruit close to the number of hunters that have been acquired by the giants of social media—namely Facebook and Twitter. And realistically, the designers of these hunter-centric sites probably don't expect to compete on the large scale. But regardless, they will have to fight for everyone’s spare time and, undoubtedly as hunters, there isn't a surplus.
Unless a new hunting social media site emerges that can offer me a ground-breaking feature or experience, I really don’t see myself stepping away from the "giants" as my primary means of communication. By using Facebook, I can put up a photo of me and my boys setting up scouting cameras and update my non-hunting mother (who loves to see photos of her grandsons by the way), as well as all of my hunting buddies. Then I can throw up a Tweet and—boom—everyone’s taken care of in two simple posts.
What are your thoughts about social media in the hunting community?