Have a GoPro? Phone Skope has a setup for you!

Recently, Phone Skope released adapters for GoPro‘s Hero 2 and Hero 3 cameras. They have an adapter to give you a digiscoping adapter as follows – GoPro Hero 3 + Spotting Scope & Phone Skope C-2 Adapter. They also have an adapter for the GoPro Hero 2. Check it out on a Vortex Razor HD below.

Here’s a bit from Phone Skope on the product: “Simply attach our unique C-2 Pro Skope Kit to your GoPro and then you will be able to connect your go pro to most all optical devices!”

Check out this video on the installation of the adapter:

Be sure to check out www.phoneskope.com for your smartphone digiscoping needs! They make an adapter for most smartphone and spotting scope/binocular combinations. Also, follow Phone Skope on FacebookTwitterPinterestYouTubeGoogle +, and Instagram!

What do you think? If you had a GoPro, would you use it for digiscoping? Let us know in the comments!

Phone Skope – Spotting Scope Giveaway!

The good folks at Phone Skope and VIPOoptics.com are sponsoring a giveaway where you can win a Vortex Nomad Spotting Scope and a Phone Skope digiscoping setup! Click the photo below to enter!

The contest ends in a week, so sign up today!

Phone Skope – HTC One X Setup

Do you have the AT&T HTC One X and need a smartphone adapter? Check out this new setup from Phone Skope:

Check out all of the details here: http://www.phoneskope.com/products-page/android-phones/htc-one-x-c2/

Be sure to check out the Phone Skope Camera for Android devices from the Google Play Store. You can read my review of the app there as well.

Ducks Unlimited Migration Alert: Ducks are Flying–Just in Time for Hunters

Lesser Scaup at Presque Isle State Park on 8 November 2012

*Original post by Michael R. Shea on the Ducks Unlimited Migration Reports

By Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream’s Atlantic Flyway Duck Reporter

Cold temperatures this week are finally moving ducks south in the Atlantic Flyway. Every state in the flyway is open, or will open, this week or next. Though no serious weather is on the horizon next week, many waterfowl hunters are getting amped for what could be banner hunts.

“It’s looking awesome, awesome, awesome!” said Avery Pro Staffer Sean Fritzges. A civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when he’s not hunting geese, Fritzges oversees dredging in Baltimore harbor and channels through the Chesapeake. “I see waterfowl all day, everyday, but now it’s incredible. There are a lot of birds around and they’re steadily coming.” Maryland’s short season opens on Saturday.

Fritzges hunted last Saturday during Maryland’s youth season with his son and three school friends. By 7:30 a.m. they had three geese on the ground. By 9 a.m. they were one bird shy of an eight-bird limit. “That’s my rule, because that one bird will keep you coming back for more,” said Fritzges, who shared the photo above. “The kids had a blast!”

While geese are being reported across the northeast, mid-Atlantic, and down into the Southern states, by most accounts they are just now getting up in real numbers and moving South out of Canada and the Great Lakes. The waterfowl conservation group Long Point Waterfowl estimates Atlantic flyway ducks are at their peak in the Great Lakes region and upstate New York.

“Basically we’re at peak numbers, fantastic numbers, of waterfowl on Lake Erie,” said Rick Jackson, a college student at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Jackson started the Twitter feed @ohiowaterfowl to track birds across the region and collates reports from hunters afield.

“This recent cold front has really pushed a lot of birds,” said Jackson. “We’ve seen a ridiculous amount of Canada geese. A lot of people talked about last year being an incredible season, and that didn’t work out, but I think this year will be it.” Northeast Ohio, he said, has an uncharacteristically high mallard population this week.

Hunters in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have also reported good shoots in the last week, with no sign of things tapering off. The below-average to average temperatures are likely holding birds in northern and central New England.

Coastal hunting zones of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut open for the short early season next week. All of New Jersey’s and Pennsylvania’s waterfowlzones open by next Thursday. Delaware ducks and geese open Monday. North Carolina opened last week and Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida open Saturday.

Along the south Atlantic coast, there are plenty of birds to kill, said Froggy Thorton of Capt. Froggy’s Hunting & Fishing Guide Service in Hertford, North Carolina. “The hurricane and that Nor’Easter up north pushed a number of ducks down right off the get-go. We have divers, puddlers, and a good number of woodies.” Thorton has been hunting the Outer Banks and Pamlico Sound for more than 20 years and believes this year is shaping up to be a banner season. “A lot more ducks are here early,” he said.

Good numbers of sea ducks and scup are in open water, but redheads and canvasbacks haven’t shown up yet, according to Thornton. Some pintails, widgeon, and teal are around, as are a lot of woodies. The captain also spotted 400 to 500 snows earlier this week – a rarity for North Carolina, which usually doesn’t see white geese until middle December.

“Today, the swans came through,” he said on Wednesday. “Last night and all morning you could hear them, and in the first few hours of daylight the sky was full of swans…I think it’s looking to be an excellent year. Everyone around here is excited. It’s starting out with a bang.”

Find hunting and migration reports in your area on the Ducks Unlimited Migration Map

*Posted with permission from the folks at Ducks Unlimited*

A New Smartphone Adapter on the Market – Phone Skope

There’s a new company making, what appears to be solid smartphone adapters for binoculars and spotting scopes. They seem to be reasonable in price and will make a custom adapter for any phone and a universal adapter for those using a “permanent” case, such as an Otter BoxPhone Skope is trying to provide hunter, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to capture special moments using their smartphones. Make sure to check out their Bird Watching products!