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NEWS STORIES

New App Helps Hunters Stay Safe in the WoodsSubmitted: 11/23/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

TOMAHAWK - The vast, serene Northwoods can be the idyllic place to hunt. But the expanse can also make it difficult to get to hunters when they get into trouble.

With safety issues an ongoing concern a new app will give a little piece of mind to hunters, and it was designed by a Tomahawk man.

When Chase Bouman moved to the Northwoods for work he started hunting in the vast wilderness. He realized how hard it would be for someone to find him if something bad happened.

"I didn't want to learn the hard way. I knew that our Android phones were capable of finding your location on the map and everything like that. I thought that there should be a way that you could see your friend's location as well," says Bouman.

So he got together with his programming designer brother and a friend to create "Hunter Elite". It uses the phone's GPS to track where the hunter is.

"You can hit the emergency button and it will send a text message with your coordinates to all of your friends and also one number that is saved as your emergency contact. That text message will include your latitude and longitude position and will come from your phone," says Bouman.

Even someone who doesn't have the app can get the text message with your coordinates. And if you're not able to hit the emergency button the app will have still sent your last known coordinates to your friends.

Right now the app is for Android smartphones. It's available on Google Play for $1.99. Bouman says he should have it ready for iPhone users within the next year.

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