Interactive app allows elk hunters to gauge their shots

2013-01-07T07:00:00Z 2013-01-07T07:18:36Z Interactive app allows elk hunters to gauge their shotsBy TRISTAN SCOTT of the Missoulian missoulian.com
January 07, 2013 7:00 am  • 

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.

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  1. Roger
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    Roger - January 08, 2013 8:27 am
    No species has ever been exterminated by legal, licensed hunters, and I know the average Montana hunter does not use a Weatherby.
  2. Cory12
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    Cory12 - January 07, 2013 10:08 am
    @MiddleFinger....really? are you really that liberally blind? go back to California!!
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    MiddleFinger - January 07, 2013 7:44 am
    “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.”

    Yea, right. How does practice shooting an elk ensure the elk's future? Let's just be honest RMEF....

    Actually, I think the app is a good idea in that maybe it will prevent elk-drunk hunters from unloading their Weatherbys randomly into the broadside of the nearest Cervus canadensis, but still, it would be good if the app presents the killing in a respectful fashion rather that a CSI-Las Vegas animation. And it would be nice if the RMEF owned up to its 99% interest in killing elk and weekly flings with the NRA.

    With all the other preservation organizations doing more than their share of the important heavy lifting, my money now goes to them instead of the RMEF. I just cannot stomach the hypocrisy of RMEF's gun worship and telling kids that we have to kill wildlife in order to preserve it.

    The RMEF is like an antler cult. Too creepy for me (and many other Montanans).

    Don't worry RMEF. You don't have to listen to me. You have bigger fish to fry back east where the money is.
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