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Hey Guys,

Some of you may remember the deer hunting survey I posted a few weeks back. Thank you to everyone who participated! I wrote an article on my blog about the correlation of missed opportunities at deer and cell phone usage while hunting. The survey results are interesting!

Check out the article here: http://transitionwild.com/2015/12/26/your-smartphone-isnt-helping-you-kill-deer/

Thanks for reading!
 

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It's that darned Tapatalk app, I tell ya! I'm missing 140" bucks left and right, I just know it!


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Good read and I pretty much agree and usually keep my mind out of my phone. However after a slow few days at a property during prime rut, I checked my phone on stand to see what the wind and weather was at another area where my friend and I could go, conditions looked promising. A quick text to my buddy and we agreed if we bail right now we can get a few hr. hunt at a couple fresh spots, within an hour at his new spot my buddy killed his best deer ever, 150 plus inch 10pt!
 

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The guys who are on the smartphone do not kill deer they harvest deer.....
 

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Haha thanks for all the comments guys! It's definitely a double edge sword - It can help ya but it can also be a major distraction! Congrats to your buddy, dtrkyman, on that 150!
 

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nice article. i participated, the results are as i would expect and although you are probably correct i feel the article is slightly biased. i dont even disagree with your opinion, i would just like to see a larger study done with a more in depth survey and preferably even more participants, maybe even get volunteers to log each hunt. im sure all manner of things could be correlated and inferred with the information you gather, you may be onto something and this could be of benefit all hunters.
 

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I dont use one while hunting, and I refuse to while hunting...I'm there to hunt, not to play stupid games or "surf" the web or text....my buddy blew it last year on a nice deer as it came in quietly and he wasnt ready as he had his head buried looking at his f'n phone....
 

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nice article. i participated, the results are as i would expect and although you are probably correct i feel the article is slightly biased. i dont even disagree with your opinion, i would just like to see a larger study done with a more in depth survey and preferably even more participants, maybe even get volunteers to log each hunt. im sure all manner of things could be correlated and inferred with the information you gather, you may be onto something and this could be of benefit all hunters.
Thanks rxavage! I agree with you that I need more data points. I also need to tweak the survey questions so that it leaves no room for interpretation. I plan on making this a yearly thing after each hunting season so that I can compare trends year to year.

The goal of this article was create awareness of a growing trend. Thanks for reading!
 

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I don't see how the survey served any purpose whatsoever in providing data that worked towards proving, or disproving the hypothesis.
It simply showed that some people admit to spending time on their smart phones while hunting.

I think that we already knew that.
 

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Without my phone, my ADD would pull me out of the woods hours early. I say it has helped me kill deer.
Interesting point! I'm glad it has helped you stay out there longer - I never thought of it that way. Like I mentioned earlier, it is a double edge sword. I could see this same application for a father taking a youngster out for the first time. Having something to keep them entertained (book, board game, cell phone) might keep them out there longer than without. Thanks for reading!
 

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Interesting point! I'm glad it has helped you stay out there longer - I never thought of it that way. Like I mentioned earlier, it is a double edge sword. I could see this same application for a father taking a youngster out for the first time. Having something to keep them entertained (book, board game, cell phone) might keep them out there longer than without. Thanks for reading!
Yep! Games while in the blind with a kiddo would be a huge plus!! You can only look at squirrels and birds so much when you have ADD. Haha it also keeps me fairly still, i will move around alot, but like alot of people, when i have my phone in my face, i tend to be very still. A couple deer that i killed every year involves me putting my phone away first. Haha it was a great read. Maybe you can find a way to do a spin off article to this one with even more information that you're receiving.
 

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I don't see how the survey served any purpose whatsoever in providing data that worked towards proving, or disproving the hypothesis.
It simply showed that some people admit to spending time on their smart phones while hunting.

I think that we already knew that.
Thanks for the comment! I agree that we already knew people use their cell phone from the tree stand but what was eye opening to me was the DURATION of time people use them while hunting. My goal was to highlight how quickly deer encounters can be and how easy it is for them to sneak in, catching you off guard. The more time spent with your nose in a phone could result in fewer deer sightings or missed opportunities. This is my first survey in regards to this topic and I plan on making this an annual thing. I will also be tweaking questions as well.

Thanks for reading!
 

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I dont use one while hunting, and I refuse to while hunting...I'm there to hunt, not to play stupid games or "surf" the web or text....my buddy blew it last year on a nice deer as it came in quietly and he wasnt ready as he had his head buried looking at his f'n phone....
Thanks for the comment! I wish I didn't have the urge to use my phone in the stand - I applaud you for keeping it put away! I don't know if I will ever be "phone free" from the stand but at least I know the potential consequences if I do decide to scroll through facebook! Hearing the story about your buddy makes me cringe because I have been there as well! Thanks for taking the time to read my article!
 

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Yep! Games while in the blind with a kiddo would be a huge plus!! You can only look at squirrels and birds so much when you have ADD. Haha it also keeps me fairly still, i will move around alot, but like alot of people, when i have my phone in my face, i tend to be very still. A couple deer that i killed every year involves me putting my phone away first. Haha it was a great read. Maybe you can find a way to do a spin off article to this one with even more information that you're receiving.
Great to hear! Yes, I will definitely write other articles pertaining to this topic and I plan on doing the survey each year. I will tweak the questions for next year to get more detailed info. Thanks again for reading!
 

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I have a small scenario in the defense of phones.
As i said, i will leave early if i'm not on it.

Opening weekend this year, it was Sunday morning. I was getting ready to leave the blind at 8:30!! 8 freaking 30!!! I decided to just play around on my phone for a bit, (since that's what i'd be doing soon as i got back to the house). Just after 9 o'clock i put my phone down to shoot the biggest doe i've ever killed. I owe it to the almighty smart phone for keeping me in there much longer. Haha

I also believe that it has helped me on a couple deer approaching from behind me. It keeps me still. How many times are we busted by deer behind us simply because we're looking around? You don't move hardly much at all when you're on your phone. I peak up and scan every minute or so though. I've gotten pretty good at it. Haha
 

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Great to hear! Yes, I will definitely write other articles pertaining to this topic and I plan on doing the survey each year. I will tweak the questions for next year to get more detailed info. Thanks again for reading!
Not a problem. I'm sure this thread will be giving you a ton of information to work with!
 
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