The DeerCast app has been years in the making, Terry says, but the core of the algorithm that makes it possible is the result of years in the field watching whitetails. Everything that appears on the screen today is based upon actual man hours in the field, in all conditions, at different times of year. Together, Terry and Mark have more than 80 years of combined hunting experience, decades of watching deer movement and behavior. They have kept notes, analyzed them, and spent years trying to determine what influences deer movement. Terry says they recorded wind speed, wind direction, temperature differentials, cloud cover, moon phases, thermals and other factors. Their findings have helped them improve their own effectiveness and success afield. Taking it to the next level, gathering all of that information, they found a way to input it into an app, DeerCast, that would help other hunters be more effective afield, too. All of those observations and factors that they singled out in the field have now become the influencers that the DeerCast algorithm uses today to make its predictions.
Terry says that the DeerCast app uses a dozen or more influencing factors like those mentioned above and local weather information to make fairly accurate predictions possible, anywhere in the country. DeerCast uses all of that information to try to predict when you’ll see mature deer on their feet during daylight hours. This is important information for hunters to be able to maximize their time afield, Terry says. So much of hunting is a guessing game, he notes, and there are always going to be some outside influencers like dogs barking or someone riding an ATV thru your hunting area that you can’t control, and an algorithm can’t predict, and those will have an impact on your situation. However, in low pressure and even higher-pressure areas under regular circumstances, DeerCast is able to take the core influencers and apply them to a particular geographic area and provide fairly accurate predictions on deer movement.
The 2018 version of DeerCast was impressively accurate Terry says, however they wanted to make some changes to improve on that accuracy and also offer some new features to users. Coming in the end of July, there will be an updated DeerCast rolling out, and this time there will be three different versions for users to choose from and Terry will walk us thru them.
- DeerCast – This version will be free and give users access to a 1-day DeerCast, the DeerCast Newsfeed, DODTV Videos and DeerCast Desktop.
- DeerCast Pro – This version costs just $9.99 for a year. In addition to everything you get with the free version, the Pro version also unlocks the entire DOD VHS/DVD Library, DeerCast NOW, plus bumps your DeerCast from the 1-day to a 5-day.
- DeerCast Elite – The most advanced of all the DeerCast versions, DC Elite gives users access to some awesome new features. For $19.99/year, users get everything from the previous two versions, plus an extended 10-day DeerCast, DeerCast Track and DeerCast Custom.
Shedding some light on these new features, Terry says the 10-day DeerCast feature is an answer to user demand. Last year’s DeerCast app offered a 5-day forecast but many hunters wanted to be able to plan hunts a little further in advance. Knowing what the extended forecast looks like could enable them to take time off work, rearrange schedules and better plan their time afield based on the most productive days as identified by the DeerCast. Terry says that because weather predictions change, especially 10 days out, it’s important for hunters to monitor changes in the DeerCast daily. The algorithm within the app uses weather influencers in its predictions, so the DeerCast will change with weather changes.
Next, Terry looks at the DeerCast Custom feature. The DeerCast algorithm has proven to be very accurate and effective in predicting deer movement across the country. However, in the Elite version of DeerCast, users can further fine tune that accuracy via the DeerCast Custom feature. Terry explains how hunters can use their own observations of the property they are hunting to make slight tweaks to their DeerCast. If you are hunting a high-pressure area and your deer are more apprehensive about moving during daylight, or on the opposite end if you are hunting a very low pressure area where the deer move more freely, you can take those factors into account and dial in your optimism or pessimism of the DeerCast and fine tune the forecast for a unique location.
One of the most exciting new additions to the app is the DeerCast Track feature. Terry says that this comprehensive tracking feature has been a long time in the making and it will make you a better hunter. The DeerCast Track feature provides an image of a deer on your screen that you can then, using your index finger, drag a cursor anywhere on the body, but more specifically, exactly where your point of impact was or where you perceived it to be. Once you select a point of impact, the app will populate a library of videos that show hits that are relevant to your particular shot. You can then watch those videos and also get more information about the varying angles - quartering to, quartering away and broadside. Based on all that information the DeerCast Track feature will help you determine whether your shot was fatal, what body systems were affected, how long you need to wait before you begin tracking, what to look for as you track and more. Plus, it allows users an in-depth look at whitetail anatomy that you likely can’t find anywhere else with 2D and 3D peel away layers that show the anatomy, organs, arteries and more. Terry says that for anyone who has ever been uncertain after they hit a deer, this app can be tremendously helpful. One of the biggest mistakes a hunter can make, Terry says, is tracking too early. If you are hot on the trail of a buck and he hasn’t expired yet, you could bump him and not only make your tracking job harder and longer, but also greatly hinder your chances of recovery at all. By using all the information available, looking at the point of impact, shot angle, body systems affected and more, the DeerCast Track app can help you determine how long you should wait before beginning a track job. Because recovery and meat are such a huge part of any hunt, this is an invaluable tool that hunters will now have access to. It’s like having experts walking thru the field with you.
Also, it’s worth noting that DeerCast is coming to your desktop. If you don’t carry a smart phone with you all the time, prefer to view content from a larger screen or have some other reason for preferring a desktop version, then this will be right up your alley. Everything you have access to on your mobile device you’ll also be able to access from your desktop.
The DeerCast app is very versatile and has many facets. The DeerCast itself can help you maximize your time afield by picking good or great days to head out and hunt, and help you determine what days aren’t worth your time because they aren’t as likely to produce daylight activity. With 1-day, 5-day and 10-day DeerCasts, users can better plan their hunts. Access to DODTV videos as well as the entire Drury Outdoors VHS/DVD library gives users endless hours of outdoor hunting entertainment, but it also serves as an educative tool with a tremendous amount of tips and in-depth explanations about food plots, hunting tactics, stand placement, deer behavior and more. The DeerCast Custom features allows users to fine tune their DeerCasts for better accuracy in specific locations based on their own observations. DeerCast Track helps you better understand your shot, its impact and aids in recovery. Plus, DeerCast has created a community of like-minded deer hunting enthusiasts and provides a platform for users to share their successes.
Although we’re excited about the newest version of DeerCast coming, don’t forget that the Drury’s have other big news. At the beginning of the year they announced they were “Giving Away the Farm” in celebration of their 30thanniversary. Terry talks about this massive giveaway and explains how people can sign up to win through the DeerCast app. By signing up, people are also automatically entered into each monthly drawing for the rest of the year, in addition to the farm giveaway. Terry talks about some of the phenomenal prizes they are giving away monthly and how one lucky person will have the chance to walk away from it all with a whitetail hunting mecca.
Finally, Terry will talk about the brand-new seasons of Drury Outdoors shows airing on Outdoor Channel right now. On “Drury’s THIRTEEN” he says they have 4 gross Boone and Crockett bucks this season. On “Critical Mass” they’ve changed up the format to achieve a more in your face hunting style, plus this season will feature the largest deer in Drury Outdoors history, a 239-inch monster. And on “Bow Madness” he says they’ll be featuring PSE bows plus the best big deer footage and story lines in the industry.
Whitetail hunting success isn’t blind luck, it’s a lot about studying the animal you pursue and coordinating your next move to take advantage of conditions that make them move. The DeerCast app doesn’t guarantee your success, but helps you put yourself in more favorable situations. The DeerCast app doesn’t do all the work for you, rather it helps teach you what factors influence the deer where you hunt and how. It’s an excellent tool for hunters to have at their disposal, so tune in and listen to Terry Drury, co-creator of the DeerCast app as he explains how it can make you a better hunter!
Tune in to Outdoor Channel for brand new exciting seasons of “Drury’s THIRTEEN”, Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET, “Critical Mass” Tuesdays at 10:30 pm ET and “Bow Madness”, Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET. You can also catch a ton of awesome programming from Drury Outdoors by checking out the MyOutdoorTV app where you can get your hunting fix and tons of tips 24/7/365.