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Old 10-03-2012, 05:56 PM
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I know nobody here believes in these things, but I've been building this the last few years to help myself isolate good times to hunt. It takes into account your local weather, local moon, local solar...etc. to formulate a score for every hour of every day for the next 7 days.

Click on ANY hour to see the detail of that particular hour. Drag hours around to compare side-by-side.

Looks like this weekend is shaping up fairly nicely for some morning sits!!! I'm pretty excited, highest scores of the year so far for me. All I've seen so far this year is mosquitoes and deer flies!!!

btw, I'm down in south ga, haven't looked at the northern ga chart yet.

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:03 PM
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Interesting. If I'm reading it right, there is a small window of decent hunting in my area around 8am this Sat? The zip where I'll be hunting is 32628.
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ever use this to go back and compare what it had predicted to your personal, actual results? as in after this week, (or maybe a longer period of time for more accurate results) go back and compare what you saw to what it predicted? that would be an interesting thing to look at.
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Base on the deer movement I saw this morning, you are dead-on with the forecast times. Only issue I see is your clock is off by an hour for my local time zone, an hour behind. Suggest adding in a time adjustment option to correct/override program calculated time. Otherwise, it's an excellent tool. Great Job! I really like your color choices and overall look of the interface. It convey's really well!
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Looks reasonable to me! Thanks!
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Maybe! Good forcast!
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Base on the deer movement I saw this morning, you are dead-on with the forecast times. Only issue I see is your clock is off by an hour for my local time zone, an hour behind. Suggest adding in a time adjustment option to correct/override program calculated time. Otherwise, it's an excellent tool. Great Job! I really like your color choices and overall look of the interface. It convey's really well!
Do you mind posting or pm'ing me the zip code you used so I could look into this?
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Interesting. If I'm reading it right, there is a small window of decent hunting in my area around 8am this Sat? The zip where I'll be hunting is 32628.
Looks that way. Basically, the greener the better! If you click on the hour you will see a detail forecast for that specific hour.
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I'll have to give my Boss this link so it can excuse me from work Monday & Tuesday. After all,it says Go Hunt.
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ever use this to go back and compare what it had predicted to your personal, actual results? as in after this week, (or maybe a longer period of time for more accurate results) go back and compare what you saw to what it predicted? that would be an interesting thing to look at.
I do this on a fairly regular basis, when I'm working on developing it.

It's definitely not perfect lol! I built this thing for myself, basically b/c I had a problem. My work schedule is VERY flexible, but I work A LOT!! So I could go hunting pretty much anytime, but couldn't go very much. And I didn't have time to constantly check the weather, conditions...etc. I found myself missing some VERY good mornings b/c I just wasn't paying attention to the weather.

So I needed something I could just glance at and key in on certain days/times to focus on. Basically this is just a tool to help you pick or narrow down times that would be best suited to hunt, or possibly expose times to hunt that you would have overlooked before.

Hunting is still hunting.... lol. Nothing like this is ever going to be perfect, but I will say that I have found it to be VERY helpful over the last few years.

It's funny looking back, this all started as just a little weekend project to put something together to help me see the weather better.... now the core calculation algorithm that runs for every hour of every day is over 2k lines of code!! I get a kick out of adding new factors/variables into the equation.

btw, yes, I am a programmer by trade!
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I'll have to give my Boss this link so it can excuse me from work Monday & Tuesday. After all,it says Go Hunt.
Actually,... you will probably want to keep this out of your bosses hands!! When you call in sick 'cough-cough' the first thing he will do is pull up the chart!!!


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Old 10-03-2012, 08:28 PM
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I like it!But the NOW time is a hour behind in 30016.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:30 PM
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One thing I know for sure,,,,I ain't never killed a deer, hog, or turkey sitting around the house....gotta be in the woods.....so when you have the time, be in the stand.
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Your times are dead on with my trail cam pics of movement. Good chart!!
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Does it change as the weather changes I.e. pop up showers or stronger than predicted winds ?
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I like it!But the NOW time is a hour behind in 30016.
Ok, thanks for the feedback on this guys. I've got the 'NOW ->' indicator showing up properly now.

To the comments on the time zone adjuster.... It 'should' automatically detect your timezone and adjust all calculations to your timezone.
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Does it change as the weather changes I.e. pop up showers or stronger than predicted winds ?
It recalculates everything EVERY time you load the page. So every time you visit it you get an instant snapshot of what the weather is, and is predicted to be.
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You should make this a smartphone app. I would give you a dollar for this. Good development.
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This is really cool I like it. If this was an app for droid I'd get it. I'm bookmarking it
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BTW, although the interface isn't great on a smart phone the site completely works on a phone or ipad. The only thing that doesn't work is the dragging of hours around to compare. I have it bookmarked on the home screen of my iPhone.
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You should make this a smartphone app. I would give you a dollar for this. Good development.
You took the words out of my mouth
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:35 PM
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Great chart and info. Is there anyway to make the times larger? I have to squint to see the times.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:39 PM
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Great chart and info. Is there anyway to make the times larger? I have to squint to see the times.
Not a bad idea... would be nice to have a little larger version when viewing on a larger screen.

In the meantime, you can hold the 'Ctrl' key and push the '+' key. This will zoom in on the page you are viewing. To zoom out hold the 'Ctrl' key and push the '-' key.
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BTW, hats off to you. Programming was not my thing. I took C and C++ in undergrad, and that's where I left it.
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Is there any way to go back to previous dates to make comparisons to our trail cam pics or observations?
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Just made a Bookmark on my Ipad and put it right nest to he Gon bookmark. Thanks!
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its on my favorites
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X2 to cowhornedspike. Is there a way to go back to older dates and see what it was for comparison?
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That s a great chart! I will use it this weekend and let you know how I did.
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great chart. get this thing trademarked or whatever you wanna call it before some idiot tries to steal it. I would love to see you get paid handsomely for all your hard work. this is a great chart. added to my bookmarks
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If it's a pretty accurate chart then it needs to be a sticky at the top of the deer forum.
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Just added it to the Misc. shortcuts @ top of page.

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cant say how good it is but i like it. Ill for sure make it a favorite and check it against my cams and personal sightings. Thanks rustybucket for sharing your hard work and sharing with us!
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I like this.

Is there a way to go back and check previous dates to compare with actual experience? For example, at my place last weekend was very good. Can it look ahead more than just 1 week?
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I am getting in a little late on the conversation but....as others have said....if you really have a genius program written that is taking into account things like weather, temp, fronts, moon, daylight per zip code you could be making money on this.
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What do I do if I don't know what the zip code is where I hunt?
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Also, Is there an app for this?
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Good job on the program, I'm going to put out to the test this weekend. Make an app version, and you'll be able to sell it easily.
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X2 to cowhornedspike. Is there a way to go back to older dates and see what it was for comparison?
Believe it or not past weather records cost money. I get free future forecast feeds from several places for free.

So as of right now there is no way to go back in history and see a score. Maybe eventually there will be, but it's not on my immediate to-do list.

Here is what I do. Say I'm going hunting or am running trail cams. I will take a screenshot of the chart once a week or so and then compare what I see to the screenshots of the chart.

No way to go ahead further than 7 days either. IMO opinion once you get more than 5 days or so in the future the weather forecasts are just educated guesses. Once you get outside a reasonable weather forecast window the chart basically turns into an old fashioned game movement chart that everyone is familiar with.

It's funny you guys keep mentioning the app. I'm mid-semester in a class at Stanford on iPad/iPhone app development.
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What do I do if I don't know what the zip code is where I hunt?
You can go to this site to get your zip code.

https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction!input.action
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Believe it or not past weather records cost money. I get free future forecast feeds from several places for free.

So as of right now there is no way to go back in history and see a score. Maybe eventually there will be, but it's not on my immediate to-do list.

Here is what I do. Say I'm going hunting or am running trail cams. I will take a screenshot of the chart once a week or so and then compare what I see to the screenshots of the chart.

No way to go ahead further than 7 days either. IMO opinion once you get more than 5 days or so in the future the weather forecasts are just educated guesses. Once you get outside a reasonable weather forecast window the chart basically turns into an old fashioned game movement chart that everyone is familiar with.

It's funny you guys keep mentioning the app. I'm mid-semester in a class at Stanford on iPad/iPhone app development.
Make the app. Make tons of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
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Good stuff. Just don't let anyone get a hold of your algorithm.
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I looked at the chart after this mornings hunt. Your right on from what i saw!! Nice work!!
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