September 15, 2021
By Lynn Burkhead
It’s an experience that many of us have had in the field, pulling out the map we’ve printed off our computer or looking at our smartphones as the sun starts to rise over the eastern horizon, only to scratch our wrinkled foreheads and wonder what’s going on. “Hey, wait a minute, something doesn’t look right here.”
Sometimes, something doesn’t look right because it isn’t. That's the unpleasant real-time reality that is often caused by relying on satellite imagery that is several months, or even several years old. And that can quickly bring about an unpleasant on-the-ground reality that can suddenly change the day’s hunting plans.
If that’s ever happened to you, you’re now in luck.
HuntStand has eliminated once and for all the problems that are often brought about by the scourge of old, outdated data. How has the hunting app company done so? Simple — by being the first to step up to the plate and offer monthly updates that now deliver the absolute latest in satellite imagery to hunters all across the country.
In bringing to reality the latest imagery options to the services that the company provides, HuntStand becomes not only the first hunting app to do this, but the first consumer app of any kind to deliver such up-to-date imagery options.
“Many users have requested a more-recent satellite layer and we’re extremely pleased to be able to deliver this exciting new feature as part of our HuntStand Pro subscription,” said Lanford Holloway, CEO of HuntStand’s parent company, Terrastride, in a news release.
According to Holloway, this tool is great for “…viewing recent clear cuts, timber thinning, the effects of recent fires/floods, changes in seasons, presence or absence of agricultural crops, and snow coverage.”
How can such information be put to good use? If you’ve got an upcoming November rut hunt on the big-buck turf of Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas, then you won’t be caught unaware by a massive winter storm that has buried the landscape with a foot of fluff that intends to stick around for a while or from land clearing practices that have altered prime deer-hunting ground into a proverbial cow pasture.
But you’ll also be able to quickly see how nearby farmers are using their surrounding lands this year, from the crops that are currently in place to land that is taking the year off from production to changes in a sharp funnel in a creek bottom ravaged by spring and summer floods. Such intel on surrounding grounds can often be just as valuable as the patch of hunting ground that you’re actually going to set a treestand up on, helping you figure out the when, where, and how of deer movement patterns long before you load up the pickup truck and make the long drive from one state to another.
But whitetail hunting is only one possible means of benefitting from HuntStand’s monthly satellite imagery updates. Because if you’re living out west and you’re tired of smelling smoke from a wildfire season straight out of Dante’s inferno, you’ll be able to keep up with how this year’s outbreak of mountain-hopping and canyon-jumping flames has altered ground from one range to another.
And that’s highly valuable intel, too, whether you plan on a do-it-yourself bowhunting adventure for elk, chasing high country mule deer, or even hiking into a remote drainage for some seriously good blue-winged olive dry fly action as the trout respond to cooling water, falling temperatures, and an autumn storm that has the barometer falling and the protein-rich bugs launching into the air.
All in all, there’s really no hunting — or fishing for that matter — activity that a backwoods and public-land loving soul can’t see improved thanks to the new monthly satellite photo updates provided by HuntStand.
“Smart additions like this substantiate our unwavering commitment to maintaining the best hunting app on the market,” agrees Holloway.
Specifically, this new offering can do things like eliminating the potential blind spots in land usage changes from year to year — information that is often hidden by outdated satellite images. And with the monthly image layer showing off timber thinning, clear cuts, agricultural practices that are changing, and the most recent effects of severe weather like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, drought, and fire on the wild landscape, and this information is tough to beat!
Keep in mind that all of the most recent images are updated by the 7th day of each month, not to mention the fact that HuntStand also offers the ability to surf historical imagery that shows how the land has looked and been utilized for the previous four years.
Add in public and private land information, offline mapping, stand and trail camera management information, 3D mapping, and hot-off-the-presses satellite imagery and historical data that can be searched month-by-month for several years back, and you’d have to think that such hunting technology comes with a steep price tag.
But thankfully, that isn’t the case. In fact, it’s far less than most would think, as reasonable as a night out for dinner, a late season baseball game, or a date night trip with your spouse to go see the latest blockbuster movie along with a soft drink and popcorn added in. In fact, so good is the deal here that the price tag is only $29.99, affordable for any hunter no matter what their budget is.
All of this is due to the work of the fine folks at HuntStand, effort that has made the latest and greatest in satellite imagery as reasonably priced as any piece of hunting gear you’ll put into your hunting pack, blind bag, or pickup truck this fall.
How can you get involved and secure this deal, one that has seen more than 6 million downloads and millions of regular, active users? Simply go to the HuntStand website and get the ball rolling.
And then get ready for a user-friendly experience — one that even includes detailed weather information, the ability to create maps that will help you in the field, the opportunity to share your maps with family and friends, and the freedom to even print out a map of your deer-hunting lease.
No matter what game you want to hunt this fall, the new monthly satellite imagery options available from HuntStand will not only keep you in the woodsy games of autumn, but they’ll also help you win big with a freezer full of wild, lean meat and a taxidermy bill that all of your hunting camp friends will envy!