Archery hunting? Yep, there’s an app for that, too

There seem to be apps for everything now, and bowhunting is no exception. There’s now an app for your phone that will help you sight in your bow.

I can’t even remember what life was like before cell phones, let alone smartphones. On the one hand, they’re great inventions that allow you to sneak out of the office for a few hours to do some hunting or fishing, but at the same time, they act like a ball and chain, keeping you tied to your desk, even when you’re miles away.

But every once in a while, someone comes up with a smartphone app that actually has some merit. Forget all those “productivity” apps that let you be more efficient at work, or game apps that give you something to do while you’re supposed to be paying attention in some boring meeting. I’m talking about apps that actually do something important, like help you sight in your bow.

A company called Full Flight Technology came out with a technological marvel a few years ago in the form of an arrow point that records data like velocity and flight time. It’s called the Velocitip. But now they have an even better invention – an app for your phone that uses some of that data to help you figure out where to put the pins on your bow sight.

The app is called VelocitipUNO, but you don’t have to use the Velocitip to make it work. All you need is the $10 app, a smartphone, and your bow. It helps if you know your bow’s arrow speed, but you can figure that out if you have access to a chronograph.

Just enter the arrow speed into the app, and the app will show you where to put your pins on your sight for any distances you want.

The only downside is that it reduces the amount of time you have to spend at the range. You can’t claim you need a few hours of shooting to get your bow dialed in, because it only takes a few minutes.

But maybe you can fake it. Your better half doesn’t have to know how easy it is to sight in.