Cabela's Recon Hunt
Cabela's Recon Hunt is the newest addition to my Hunting/Sportsman mobile application library. It is currently being offered for $4.99.
Using your built in mobile GPS, the app allow hunters to track their hunting trips, marking waypoints, recording tracks, and saving pictures and videos. It also allows you to track food plots, blinds, tree stands, trail cameras, and just about anything else you need to see.
The application syncs you to an online Cabela's account that allows you to share your trophy photos and hunting trip information.
The application offers five map types (street, aerial, hybrid, topo, and terrain). The Elite package (at $29.99 per year) offers public land boundaries in 11 states (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY).
After spending a few hours with this application, I was disappointed but optimistic. The application has great potential, but comes up short with usability and key features.
First, the application is very difficult to use. It took me several hours to understand how to mark each of the waypoints and identify locations as tree stands and trail cameras. I also found the maps difficult to use compared to other GPS applications.
One of the biggest disappointments is that I was not able to upload trophy photos from my camera or external devices. Instead, you are only able to take trophy photos using the built in mobile camera. This poses some problems if your hunt has passed or you used a different camera to take a picture of your trophy.
This application also syncs directly with the online server during use. This can pose problems if you are in areas where you do not have cell service.
While I was disappointed, I am optimistic that Cabela's continues to enhance this application to make it the true mobile companion for a hunter.