Episode #: 302


Title: Hunt Smarter, Not Harder With onX Maps


Show Notes:

I’ve been using onX maps as a guide and on my own hunts for a while now, and I consider them my secret to a better hunt. I talk with Zach Sandau from onX about how he uses the tool, how it’s evolved over the last 6 or 7 years, and why using it has changed his hunting habits.


For Zach, one of the reasons this resource is so crucial are the many checkerboard boundaries that exist all over the country. If you’re driving down the road and you see what looks like a great area, how do you know for sure if you’re looking at public or private land?


Zach talks about how he uses the map to find access roads to public lands, and how he uses the public/private land angle as he’s out hunting (and it’s a pretty genius idea).


By marking out where he sees a herd throughout the year, Zach can better predict where the herd will be at any time during the year. The app helps him get a holistic picture of the herd, like where it prefers to eat, or where it’s breeding. This big picture view helps him figure out where they might be bedding down, and helps him zero in on a hunt more quickly.


Some of the not-so-obvious benefits of the app are using it to find an animal that you shot from a distance. When there’s topography, I like to switch to top-o mode to find identifying landmarks to find an animal. The better I get at using the app, the more I can see how it has become the number one deciding factor on many of my hunts.


As a company, onX is committed to meeting the needs of their customers. Zach assures me that they’re constantly adapting the app to meet the needs of their customers by simplifying data and adding better features.


What’s Inside:

  • How Zach uses the onX app to prepare for a hunt.
  • Naming hunting districts and color-coding icons helps Zach manage hunts.
  • How the app has changed how I guide hunts now.
  • Stalking in on an animal using the range finder simplifies things.



Mentioned in this Episode:

onX Maps website



Short Description:

If you’ve ever been out on a hunt and come across an unexpected fence marking a boundary, then you might understand why it can be frustrating to not know where public lands end and private lands begin. I talk with Zach Sandau from onX Hunt about how we both use the onX map to plan and strategize better hunts, and Zach shares some insider tips on how to best utilize this app.



Hunting apps, hunting strategies, planning a hunt, range finder, hunting districts, hunting on private land, hunting on public land, hunting technology

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