by Ron Spomer
I started to write another book. I ended up producing an app. Ron Spomer’s Everything Whitetail.
The world wasn’t exactly desperate for another book about whitetail deer and how to hunt them, but an app? There were none of those. Now there is.
Everything Whitetail is an encyclopedia of whitetail and whitetail hunting in a 5-ounce package. That’s a lot easier to stuff in your pocket than a hardback encyclopedia. Open it anytime, anywhere. Study, learn and become a better deer hunter while you wait. Content is delivered in bite-sized pieces and heavily illustrated. There are charts, sounds, hundreds of photos and even embedded videos. Tap, scroll and browse your way forwards and backwards. The content goes on and on and if you ever reach the end you can add more with the versatile Hunt Report record keeping system. Text or simply speak into your smartphone to add your blow-by-blow observations. Add all weather details with a single tap. Take photos of stands, trails, wildlife and your trophy and add those. Pull up the B&C scoring sheets, score your buck, enter that into your report and share by email or social media. All your records will be stored for recall anytime.
An app like this is more than an app. It’s a tool. A tool any hunter can use to become a better woodsman, better shot, better hunter, better naturalist.
But why an app instead of a book? Because a new generation needs it. The digital world is no longer on the horizon; it’s here. And we old-school print warriors must embrace it in order to communicate with the future. Just as I discovered the pull of hunting adventure in my uncle’s copies of Outdoor Life, today’s kids can find it in apps like Everything Whitetail. It’s the medium of the hour, the fashion of the day and, turns out, a darned effective way to inform, educate, teach, train and spread the good news about our hunting heritage and conservation.
While veterans will benefit from much of the detailed information in EW, novice hunters will find it particularly accessible, vibrant, interactive, navigable and useful. They’ll dive in and investigate because it’s fun and easy. Instead of trying to interpret the author’s description of a buck grunt, EW users can just tap the sound recording and hear it. Instead of reading about how to call and rattle, they can watch and listen to the video about rattling.
Want to understand how exit pupil in a binocular works? Watch it glow, grow and shrink in the video. Confused as to why a .30-caliber shoots a .308-inch bullet or how to bore-sight a scoped rifle? Check out the video demonstrations. Bored driving to camp or sitting in your blind? Fire up Tree Stand Trivia and test your knowledge of shooting, whitetails, antlers, the rut, hunting tactics and more. Use the built-in compass to direct your way out of the woods and the flashlight to illuminate it.
The app describes what whitetails do, when they do it and why they do it. Why do bucks grow antlers, when, how fast and how big? Why do some does grow antlers? Where do old bucks hide after the rut? Can bucks really “feel” their antlers? Why do they shed them? Everything you ever wanted to know about whitetails but didn’t know to ask is in this app. But that’s not all.
Everything Whitetail is packed with details about rifles, slug guns, handguns and muzzleloaders of all types. It includes descriptions and explanations about the pros and cons of all the common action types. There is detailed information, comparisons and advice about cartridge power, comparative recoil levels and the best guns for young and recoil sensitive shooters. Do you wonder whether a 30-30 Win. or 7mm-08 Rem. kicks harder? EW has the answer. Curious about how much energy a 44 Rem Mag. carries and how much it drops at 100 yards? EW has the answer. Wonder what the difference is between a single-action and double action handgun? EW to the rescue again. There’s even a video demonstrating this. There are 16 others covering everything from how to select the perfect scope and brightest binocular to curing a flinch. The information on optics alone could save you hundreds of dollars.
The brave new digital world is upon us and we are excited about its potential for conveying knowledge via mobile apps. Follow us and help us spread the word about the outdoors and the hunting heritage we cherish.
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