Do you ever wish there was an easier way carry all those bulking hunting and fishing licenses with you? Well, there's an app for that.
Sportsman Safe (free for iPhone users) was developed by two Florida sportsmen who came up with an idea to address the issue. Thick paper licenses took up a lot of real estate in their wallets, and were more susceptible to damage from being folded, torn, and sat on. Their solution - store the licenses on their phones.
Creators of the Sportsman Safe app, Jay, Bill, and Ryan, dubbed this feature as the "license locker". Here, you can store up to three digital copies of your licenses for free. Five additional license holders can be purchased for only $0.99, or an unlimited amount for $2.99. Much less costly than the price to either reprint or replace a license.
Not only will the license locker store your tags, you can also enter expiration dates. The app will remind you when new tags need to be purchased, and can also aid in avoiding a fee for carrying an expired license. It's important to note that digital licenses may not be acceptable in all state. Please contact your local DNR or Fish & Wildlife officials to determine the legality of digital licenses.
My favorite features of the Sportsman Safe app include both the location services and SOS button. Sportsman Safe has the ability to store a ton of data on both your hunting and fishing spots. I've already dropped pins for all my stand locations at my parents property. Couple that with the built in weather monitoring, and its a deadly combination for accurately determining how to play the wind when chasing those canny whitetails.
Pins can be easily shared with other members of your hunting party, and this is especially useful when hunting a large tract of land with people unfamiliar with the property. Let's say your best buddy drives up to your cabin the night before bow opener, and you want to set him in the second best stand (yourself in the first!). Simply have him download the app, share your pins, and poof - he can use the GPS on his phone to navigate in the dark. Additional uses might include relocating fishing, duck hunting, and trapping spots.
The SOS button that can be found on almost every page of the app has the potential to be a life saver. Literally. Under the SOS Set-Up menu, in settings, you can designate three people that your phone will automatically text a distress message to incase you need help. Coordinates will accompany the messages so the individuals receiving them can rely appropriate information to the authorities.
Whether you consider yourself a hunter, angler, trapper, or any combination of these three, the Sportsman Safe app holds a arsenal of tools that can lead to greater success and safety in the field. Please give it a try and download Sportsman Safe from the iTunes app store for Free.