A new interactive app available to iPhone and iPad users allows hunters to gauge a shot’s accuracy by navigating 360 degrees around – and within – a virtual elk.
The Lethal Shot hunting app, designed by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, presents a three-dimensional image of an elk’s anatomy, revealing vital organs that can help determine a shot’s effectiveness.
“This is a big technological advance for elk hunters,” said Steve Decker, vice president of marketing at RMEF. “Lethal Shot is yet another way to help further our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”
The app is designed to improve a hunter’s proficiency at determining shot angles when faced with a split-second decision in the field. In addition to preparing hunters for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime shot, Decker said, it also provides an effective post-shot analysis by simulating the trajectory of the bullet or arrow and showing what vital organs the it may have struck.
Lethal Shot is more than a year in the making and costs $2.99 to download, but Decker stressed that it is not a hunting game. No other app or product on the market shows elk anatomy and shot angles with such accuracy, he said.
“By taking a shot with the skin on, then peeling away layers, the hunter gains a clear understanding of the shot’s trajectory, which translates into better shots and higher success in the field,” he said.
The Lethal Shot app is currently available only for the iPad and iPhone, but an Android version is soon to follow.