5 BaseMap Pro Features to Help You Build Plan B
But don’t stress it! BaseMap Pro will help you move to plan B when plan A doesn’t pan out.
3D Maps Layer
Looking at a map is one thing when you are in a pinch, but having a detailed, 3D view of drainages, bowls and saddles is a game changer.
By turning on the 3D Earth Layer, you can use two fingers to slide across your screen and tilt your map to show accurate contours and elevation gains and losses.
When the trailhead parking lot is full, turn on the 3D Layer and start tilting your maps, looking for pockets and bowls away from trails and roads. If you know your hunting spot is out of cell service, ensure you make your backup plan before you leave the house as 3D only works while in cell service.
The 3D layer can help you find the shortest and safest point to that hidden bowl you’ve had your eye on, or find an accessible drainage far from the nearest road or popular trail. The 3D Layer can also help you determine the best routes to take when getting to that new spot by showing you the slope of the hill.
Who knows, your plan B spot may pan out and turn into your new plan A. If so, use BaseMap SmartMarkers to save markers and use for future reference and to access dynamic information only BaseMap SmartMarkers offer.
Simply drop markers indicating what you saw in this area, be it tracks, wallows, rubs, elk, or deer and place it precisely where you were.
BaseMap one of a kind patent-pending SmartMarkers will also log the weather conditions, moon phase and sunset and rise times all within the waypoint. This creates a permanent resource for you to come back to and study.
You can even tap the waypoint, and then tap the three dots in the top right corner to select “Go To”. This gives you a straight line to follow back to your area, complete with the distance.
Draw Line Feature
After you find that plan B spot with your 3D map, you still need to know how far away this area is. You have already lost precious minutes and you want to be in position before sunrise.
If you draw a line from your starting point to your new plan B, BaseMap will give you the exact distance you need to travel and the elevation you will need to gain. Now you know if you have time to cover the distance, or if you need to look for a plan C.
Utilize Your Layers
If you’re looking for a new spot in a hurry, the easiest way to find Plan B is to utilize BaseMap layers.
Small and recent wildfires grow some of the most nutritious forage for ungulate species like deer and elk. Big bucks and bulls will select these recent wildfire areas for years.
So when you need to find your plan B spot and first light is creeping up fast, open your BaseMap App, select “Layers”, scroll down to “Wildfire and Timber Cut Layers” and select “Nationwide Historic Wildfires”.
This layer will outline the perimeter of historic wildfires, accurately showing the size of the fire, the name of the fire and the date the fire burned. You can use this to find small burns, or the edges of larger burns, away from popular trails. Draw a line to one of these burns to figure out the distance and start hiking.
Another layer that may just become your best friend is the roadless layer. Again, select “Layers”, then go to “Land” and finally tap on “Nationwide Designated Roadless Areas”. If your trailhead is packed with vehicles and folks are unloading their ATV’s, go to where folks aren’t willing to walk and cannot drive. Less roads always equals less people.
Species Specific Boundaries
There’s nothing that will screw your plans up more than not knowing, or accidentally hunting an incorrect unit. If you’re traveling to a brand new area on the mountain in a rush, you should also check if you’re staying in the proper unit. You may be in a hurry, but we all want to be legal.
Make sure before you head out, that your Plan B spot is in the correct unit. The easiest way to ensure this is by turning on your species specific layer and downloading the offline map before you leave home. Select your state, your species and your specific hunt be it general season or a special draw tag. This will ensure that even if you are out of service you will still have species specific unit boundaries to look at. You can then find individual map layers for regulations, unit numbers and unit boundaries.
Rules and regulations can vary for different species and boundary lines for these units are invisible and sometimes contain inconsistent borders.
Give your plan B spot a quick tap, after turning on these layers to find all the info you need about legal harvests and limits.
Hunting season is here and it’s a time of year we all look forward to. You’ve practiced your calls, your accuracy and packed and repacked your gear several times. Don’t let other hunters put a wrench in your opening day plans.
BaseMap brings unparalleled scouting power into the palm of your hand, helping you adapt and overcome adversity to find success in unknown places.