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There's no question free satellite imagery has provided a wealth of benefits for hunters. Anyone with even the slightest sense of direction can scout their new hunting lease from their comfort of their office chair and get a good idea on where to go looking for game trails and pinch points that are likely to be great places to put up a deer stand or feeder.

One feature that I've found especially helpful with Google Earth is the ability to measure distances. I've used it to estimate acreage, and most recently, to estimate shot distances. I'll be hunting a new lease this season where a shot of 300-400 yards or more is entirely possible, even though it's far beyond my shooting capabilities. For that reason, I used to Google Earth when deciding where to place my ground blind and green strip so that shots would be kept closer to 100 yards. And of course, a final check to confirm distances can easily be made in the field with a range finder.

What use cases with Google Earth of other satellite apps have you found to beneficial to you as a hunter?

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I don’t have an office chair

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Originally Posted by maximus_flavius
I don’t have an office chair


Standing is healthier.

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Originally Posted by Texas Dan
There's no question free satellite imagery has provided a wealth of benefits for hunters. Anyone with even the slightest sense of direction can scout their new hunting lease from their comfort of their office chair and get a good idea on where to go looking for game trails and pinch points that are likely to be great places to put up a deer stand or feeder.

One feature that I've found especially helpful with Google Earth is the ability to measure distances. I've used it to estimate acreage, and most recently, to estimate shot distances. I'll be hunting a new lease this season where a shot of 300-400 yards or more is entirely possible, even though it's far beyond my shooting capabilities. For that reason, I used to Google Earth when deciding where to place my ground blind and green strip so that shots would be kept closer to 100 yards. And of course, a final check to confirm distances can easily be made in the field with a range finder.

What use cases with Google Earth of other satellite apps have you found to beneficial to you as a hunter?


- Mapping out potential food plots
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- Overlay old satallite photos to see how the landscape has morphed.

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Originally Posted by H2O Seeker
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Standing is healthier.


These apps and the technology that enables them gives hunters a good idea as to where to focus their field efforts so less time is wasted trying to figure it out on foot.


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One thing that I use Google earth for is looking for stands on neighboring properties. I have found many that are near the fence line using google earth, but on foot can't be seen.
In east Texas that does not work as well because many use ladder stands. I've also used it to find feeders that I can hear but can't see. No sense in putting your stuff right next to theirs
even if it is a good pinch point, etc.


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Originally Posted by Mr. T.
One thing that I use Google earth for is looking for stands on neighboring properties. I have found many that are near the fence line using google earth, but on foot can't be seen.
In east Texas that does not work as well because many use ladder stands. I've also used it to find feeders that I can hear but can't see. No sense in putting your stuff right next to theirs
even if it is a good pinch point, etc.


Yes, a very strong benefit. I've done it too after hearing the sounds of ATV's to confirm the existence and location of deer stands. When I hear someone leave a stand at 9am or so, I know to stay later and see what they might bump my way because often they do.

The sound of another hunter's ATV is not a signal to leave but to stay put, especially if you're one who prefers to walk to your stand. They know, believe me the deer and especially the older bucks know.

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I find it to be very valuable. I got a new pasture last year that’s 5500 acres. Over ten years ago the process to learn the funnels and pinch points especially roads would of taken a couple years. I had my game plan before we set feet on the ground.

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Huntstand is a free app that you can use on your computer or phone. Logging, tracking, inviting others that hunt in your area, weather, place markers for feeders-stands-cameras and the list goes on an on.You can also choose the imagery that you want to use also on your maps.



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Huntstand is a free app that you can use on your computer or phone. Logging, tracking, inviting others that hunt in your area, weather, place markers for feeders-stands-cameras and the list goes on an on.You can also choose the imagery that you want to use also on your maps.



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I use Daftlogic for my real estate stuff and hunting stuff. You can measure distance, area, area within an area, elevation etc. Very helpful when scouting for new land.

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I use them all. I like onX and basemap as they have different layers.


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I live by onxmaps. I just used it to measure food plots size so I bought enough seed


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Another thing I like about it is that it details the altitude. Great for finding good vantage points and shooting lanes.


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I live by onxmaps. I just used it to measure food plots size so I bought enough seed


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How often is Google Earth updated?

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Originally Posted by Choctaw
How often is Google Earth updated?


Depends on the area. Sometimes it is once a year and sometimes it is once every 4 years.


We work with various imagery companies and we found that we can get imagery at the most recent, at around 6 months, for our customers.
We get higher resolution imagery than google earth and other services, but it will never be yesterday's imagery....unfortunately.

A lot of our clients swear by OnX. We use them as well.

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Originally Posted by Son of a Blitch
We get higher resolution imagery than google earth and other services, but it will never be yesterday's imagery....unfortunately.


It seems like most of the commercial imagery places have really killed their resolution here recently, any reason why that is? Privacy concerns?

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Originally Posted by Choctaw
How often is Google Earth updated?


The GE image of my place was the same for 5 years, and then updated this summer with an image that I estimate was taken in February/March based on some changes I've made since.


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Originally Posted by Son of a Blitch
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How often is Google Earth updated?


Depends on the area. Sometimes it is once a year and sometimes it is once every 4 years.


We work with various imagery companies and we found that we can get imagery at the most recent, at around 6 months, for our customers.
We get higher resolution imagery than google earth and other services, but it will never be yesterday's imagery....unfortunately.

A lot of our clients swear by OnX. We use them as well.


Thanks for sharing.

So just how many satellites are currently in GS orbit providing images and who owns them? The reason I ask is to get some idea as to why some sources update their images more often than others.

TIA

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Used it to determine actual lease size when a couple of buddies and I signed on a property in Beeville. Real thick cover with winding roads. Owner drove us all over and it appeared substantial Claimed it was 160 acres, We signed on and I went home and viewed on google earth and determined it was actually about 80 acres. We discussed the misrepresentation and decided to cancel. Long story short the owner acted surprised but resisted refunding all our money but gave us 1/2 back. Leaned a lesson from that one.

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As stated, seeing where neighbor's stands and feeders are...and which ones are shooting your direction. Doesn't replace getting to your stand early on opening rifle day and listening to all the commotion. However, a lot of hunters are real fickle year to year about setting up stands, then abandoning them. There's lots of trash blinds on my place that I'll spend years cleaning up.

Altitude is very useful to help learn a place. I put placemarks all over regarding stuff I'm thinking about doing in the future.

And, in conjunction with the county appraisal district records and maps, you can sometimes get a good idea of reality versus somebody's place's big, impressive website. grin


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How often is Google Earth updated?


Depends on the area. Sometimes it is once a year and sometimes it is once every 4 years.


We work with various imagery companies and we found that we can get imagery at the most recent, at around 6 months, for our customers.
We get higher resolution imagery than google earth and other services, but it will never be yesterday's imagery....unfortunately.

A lot of our clients swear by OnX. We use them as well.


Thanks for sharing.

So just how many satellites are currently in GS orbit providing images and who owns them? The reason I ask is to get some idea as to why some sources update their images more often than others.

TIA


Not really sure on the number of orbiting GS sats....We rarely ever do any imagery with satellites anymore.
99% of our imagery is from aerial photography...which means we don't get new data all the time, but when we do, it is super high quality imagery.
Some satellite imagery can be refreshed more often, but it will not normally be as sharp and crisp as aerial imagery.


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We get higher resolution imagery than google earth and other services, but it will never be yesterday's imagery....unfortunately.


It seems like most of the commercial imagery places have really killed their resolution here recently, any reason why that is? Privacy concerns?


Not really sure. Would have to look into that a bit.

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