Just like the many areas where technology has made its presence known, hunting is no different. In fact, the involvement of technology in this sport has received the most conflicted opinions of all- some claim it has made hunting easier while others debate the cons of it.
Whatever the argument is, the fact that remains solid is that the whole course hunting has definitely changed due to technology. High-tech gadgets such as GPS navigators, wireless cameras and drones, rifles and more, are all some common additions that now make a vital organ of the whole experience. Here is exactly how technology has helped hunters take their game to another level:
More Effective with Advanced, Efficient Gear
Contemporary gear is all about efficiency and effectiveness and technology is making sure that most of it come jam-packed in a compact sizes. From carbon bows/rifles to ultralight backpack and equipment, hunting gear is far much convenient to carry around and is much more powerful in terms of working too. Even precautionary gears are engineered to give you more advantage than just safety.
Protective gear such as electronic hearing protection is designed to not just reduce the loud, impulse shooting sounds, but they also come with plenty of features such as microphones, music, directional hearing etc, giving you more comfort, better ability to aim and more entertainment.
Improved Shooting Accuracy
Hunting is all about taking the right shot at the right time and this is the very point where technology showed us what it’s capable of. Weaponry like bows and rifles have evolved to be more efficient and comfortable from what they used to be.
While compound bows changed the hunting game forever, contemporary bows, using the same foundations, are considered to be pieces of engineered mastery. Ultra Long range rifles aid accuracy and now have enabled even beginner hunters to take well-aimed shots. A sport that once demanded preying on the target from up-close can now make hunters shoot from over 1000 yards.
Wireless Game Cameras for Hunting
Trail Cameras have evolved to be wireless and more communicative than before. Thanks to advance camera lens and better optics, today’s concept of trail cameras come equipped with HD quality lens and an insane amount of features. These wireless devices detect the movement of targets, send you the images and give you all the co-ordinates immediately.
Most models also provide you real-time videos and if paired with a drone camera, you can expect an aerial view of the whole scene, without needing you to continually walk around to look you for your target. This advancement in technology saves you time and energy without any signs of detection.
Better GPS Units and Mapping Devices
Now is the age of Google Maps and GPS! Just like how these apps have reshaped our modern day culture and society, modern day GPS units have changed the hunting game as well. With smartphone apps and independent GPS units, hunters are now able to access real-time info and statistics instantly.
These advanced GPS systems are also equipped to provide hunters with 3D detailed maps for navigating the woods and field. Some of them also come up with their own mode of communication, giving you whereabouts of your fellow hunters. And the best part is that if all all fails or you can’t seem to get a hang of it, your smartphone technology can do all the navigation job for you!.
More Mobility and Hunting Opportunities
When it comes to mobility, technology gave this sport a gift in the form of off-road motorized vehicles. This motorized technology gives access to all hunters to high ridges and hard areas. These ATV’s and UTV’s are built to take on hard driving which includes hiking up hills and sturdy paths, giving hunters more mobility. Because the average hunter falls in the 40+ age bracket, these motorized tech is giving them more freedom to move and hunt, which wasn’t possible before on foot or cars.
Laser Lights and Night Visions- More Hours to Hunt
If there was one thing that limited the hunters, it was the night time. Mere lights could not help as the darkness impacted the ability to see, judge, estimate distance and more. This scenario has completely changed now. A sport that once demanded time restraints to be followed religiously has now expanded its horizons, all thanks to lighted sights, laser range finders, and the famous night vision capability. Although it is still not allowed to hunt during night time, these advancements can make one aim a clear, clean shot in those last few minutes of shooting.
Just like how the rest of the world feeds on information, the World Wide Web gave everyone access to extensive hunting related knowledge too. With much information circulating on the internet, there are now endless opportunities for learning here. Communities, social media groups, blogs and like forums are filled with information and tips that can help any beginner sort out their game plan.
Resources like Google Earth and Google Maps are helping sportsmen map and figure out the hunting vicinity before actually visiting the field themselves. With a little bit of practice and the internet, one can now be sure of gaining success in hunting.
The shared theme that all hunting advancements share is technology. The high-tech age has made a substantial positive impact on this sport, making it much more easier and successful to hunt. There exists a majority of the population that believes that hunting ethics must be supported by traditional means. However, this does not eliminate the one big positive impact of modern day tech, which is safety.