September 2013 Gear Guide: Digital Tools for Waterfowlers

Get down and digital for waterfowl this season!

Tech-savvy or not, it's in every waterfowler's best interest to utilize the tools provided by organizations and companies this season. In this digital age, there are resources available to help you find anew place to hunt, shoot, and potentially help you bag more birds this season. The DU Newsletter Editorial Team has chosen several online tools to help you get your season started. 


Public Access: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Guide to Hunting on a National Wildlife Refuge

One of the largest concerns for waterfowl hunters is access. By doing a little research on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's national wildlife refuge access website, hunters may find quality waterfowl hunting. You can select the refuges in your state, and then select waterfowl hunting, and it will provide details for each refuge that allows waterfowl hunting.

Begin your search on our Waterfowl Migration Map or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service guide



DU Waterfowl Migration Map and Mobile App

Scouting is the best way to forecast your hunts, but using Ducks Unlimited's Migration Map will allow hunters to see how the birds are moving down every flyway. Find out when and where by visiting the DU Migration Map for updated reports on hunting, migration, weather, and habitat conditions throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Download the app: iPhone | Android | Windows 8 


Navionics App – Find your way to and from your spot

A must-have tool for boating waterfowlers, plot your next waterfowling adventure on your iPhone, Android device, tablet or PCusing the Navionics U.S. Marine and Lakes applications. This GPS-oriented app provides in-depth mapping, route tracking, points of interest – all while you're on the go.
 
For more information, visit www.navionics.com/en/mobile-pc-app.



DU Waterfowler's Journal 

The DU Waterfowler's Journal will help you keep track of every aspect of your hunt. The app includes a built-in flashlight, sunrise/sunset, seasons and regulations, and exclusive access for members to export their data and connect with their hunting partners. 



Download the app: Android | iPhone

Use the DU Waterfowler's Journal App to:
  • Log the number of birds harvested, broken down by species and sex
  • Read waterfowl ID characteristics to help you identify birds in the field
  • Record hunt location including city, state, and other details such as blind locations, field names, etc.
  • Enter detailed weather conditions (wind, temperatures, precipitation, etc.)
  • Take photos from your phone and attach them directly to your reports
  • Make personal notes about your hunt
  • View and edit journal entries from previous hunts
  • View current and past hunting seasons
  • View season dates and bag limits
  • Enhanced photo browsing
  • Access journal through an online interface (members only)
  • Share reports on Facebook
  • Find your way using the built-in flashlight
  • Access updated duck identification data and links to online waterfowl ID
For more information, visit www.ducks.org/hunting/mobile-apps/ducks-unlimited-waterfowlers-journal-app.


NSSF Shooting App



Even the best scouting report won't help if you can't hit your target, so improve your shot by visiting your local shooting range. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has created a state-by-state digital directory of shooting ranges in the United States. Customize your search by selecting the type of firearm, state, and zip code to find shooting opportunities near you.

For more information or to find a range in your area, visit www.wheretoshoot.org. There is also an app available for iPhone users. 

Mobile Text Alerts

Don't miss a big migration this season! Ducks Unlimited's text alerts will notify you when a massive migration is underway, provide habitat updates, and much more:
  • Special offers and discounts
  • Waterfowl migration alerts
  • Habitat conditions
  • Public policy alerts
  • Breaking DU news
How to Sign Up

1. Text the word ALERTS to 901-235-8003. 
2. To stop messages at any time, just text the word STOP to 901-235-8003.
 
Once you opt in, you'll receive confirmation within five minutes. We suggest you add this number to your contact list as Ducks Unlimited so you'll recognize the sender in the future.