For most outdoorsmen I know, getting out into the woods is our break from our everyday lives and the technology that surrounds us. However, in this world of technology, GPS tracking, and public information, we have begun taking smartphones into the woods with us. In the beginning we used a basic map application that allowed us to see where we were. This map didn’t have any information about property lines, hunting seasons, weather or wind direction. That’s where BaseMap comes in.
The BaseMap app allows users to add map layers based on topographical locations, hunting seasons, property lines, and even ownership information. You can set it up to track where you go so if you get lost, you can find your way back. You can even add layers for hiking trails, ATV trails, and horse-accessible trails.
When it comes to hunting, BaseMap can come to your rescue. Featuring map layers with property lines and ownership information, you can tell exactly where public land and private land borders are. Should your game cross a boundary, you access ownership information to ask permission to retrieve it. You can even input data like blood drops, where the animal was when you shot it, and vital information like rubs and scrapes to help determine stand locations.
What about during the summer? If you’re like me and you do a lot of fishing over the summer, BaseMap can help you even then. You can add a layer to show the depth of major lakes and coastal areas or to show access areas. Run out of tackle or forget to grab your favorites? Don’t worry! BaseMap has you covered. There is a layer that will show you local tackle shops, piers, cleaning stations, and places to purchase licenses.
What if you just want to go for a hike? BaseMap can still come in handy! All those different trails, trailheads, camping spots, wildfire areas and so much more. You can add waypoint markers to help navigate when you go off the trail or lose the GPS signal. There’s even a tracking mode so you can record your speed, distance, elevation, and course.
No matter what outdoor activities you enjoy, BaseMap can help guide you on the trail, in the woods, or out on the water! There is a free version, but for $29.99 a year, you can upgrade to the Pro version which has even more options and layers. It’s a great last-minute holiday or birthday gift for the hard-to-buy-for outdoorsman in your life! Check out www.basemap.com for more information.
Until next time!