An iPhone is a great piece of deer hunting gear to take with you into the woods. With its thousands of apps and accessories, it gives it gives you an incredible array of options when you are out in the field or on the deer hunting stand with your deer hunting rifle. You can use it navigate to your favorite hunting places, keep you entertained on the stand with music or hunting podcasts, allow you communicate with fellow hunters where legal , and serve as as emergency communication device to call for help in case something goes wrong. Perhaps the most important use of the iPhone is to keep some connectivity with the office. If the boss doesn’t know you’re on the deer hunting stand, you can still make it look like you’re working.
Today we’ll be looking at some of the accessories that you can add to your iPhone to make it more suitable for hunting. If you don’t have a case for your iPhone it’s probably one of the first things you should add. Add the minimum, you should at least put a Skinit backing to help break up the outline of your phone. Its available in both hunting and digital camo whatever your preference is.
If you’re a fumble fingers like me and want a little more protection, the OtterBox line of Defender cases is an excellent case for your phone. It offers three layers of bump, scratch and drop protection and is available for both the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4.
The standard OtterBox Defender is not waterproof, but there is version used by scuba divers that should protect your case in the harshest of weather conditions and still let you use it.
The Otter Boxes don’t come in camo, but if you put on a little camo tape on the back to make them blend in better.
The Simplism Dock Strap for the iPod/iPhone is also a handy piece of deer hunting gear to have. It let’s you hang your iPhone around your neck and keeps both hands on your deer hunting rifle.
If you’re one of the unlucky people like me who’ve seen their battery life go down with the release of iOS 4, you know that you’re going to need an extra bit of power to make sure that you last the whole day. There are two solutions, the first is a specialized rechargeable battery by Duracell.
The second is a solar powered cell by Solio. I’ve got this one and it’s pretty nice. You probably won’t be able to charge as fast it in the fall, but when you’re outdoors in the summer it’s pretty handy when you can’t plug in.
Next week I’ll review some essential iPhone apps for deer hunting.