The Top Five onX Hunt Features Eastern Hunters Need

Our curated map tools and layers are designed to help you have more success in the field, from Maine to Alabama, Michigan to Pennsylvania—and beyond.

We’re hunters, and so we design products for hunters. It’s pretty simple. We won’t send you into the field with a product that we don’t use ourselves—we’re our toughest critic when it comes to testing, trialing and improving our tools. And while we’re headquartered in the mountain town of Missoula, Montana, many of our in-house staff originally hail from the eastern half of the country—a breadth of knowledge that means we’re always weighing the usefulness of Hunt App features for all manner of hunters.

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Wind & Weather

Here at onX, we believe in the power of weather to affect our hunt, so we’re proud to announce the arrival of our new Wind & Weather feature in the onX Hunt App. Enjoy live weather reports, weather forecasts, wind direction, sunrise / sunset times and barometric pressure—all curated within the onX Hunt App to keep everything you need in one convenient place.

Screenshot of onX Hunt App new Wind & Weather feature.

Map Tools: Line and Area Measurement, Tracker

Wondering how much seed to buy? Use onX’s Shape Tool to determine the acreage of your plot and the Line Measurement Tool to measure distance point-to-point.

The Tracking feature in the onX Hunt App records your path as you travel. Turn Tracker on, and the blue location dot will turn red when Tracker is recording your path. Pause Tracker, and the dot will turn yellow, resuming its red color when you resume tracking. Once you’re finished, save your track for future reference—along with a visual representation of your path, the Tracker will record your time, distance traveled, and average speed. You can view this information by tapping the “Edit” button next to the track in the My Content tab.

Line and Area Measurement Tools in the onX Hunt App.

Drop and Share Waypoints

Any hunter who places multiple trail cameras appreciates the ability to mark camera locations. Many of our onX staff deploy nearly a dozen cameras, and the ability to reference a Waypoint to see where you placed a trail cam can be very helpful come September when you aren’t entirely sure where you put a couple of your experimental cameras.

Use Waypoints to mark your truck location (with hunting on the mind, it’s easy to forget just where you parked), tree stands and even promising-looking wallows and fields.

Hunters can share waypoints via text, email, or any other messaging apps that are enabled on the user’s smartphone to onX and non-onX users. This sharing feature is a great tool to allow family or friends to know the location of camp or a planned route in case of emergency.
Drop and share Waypoints on a screenshot of onX Hunt App .

Private Land Ownership Data

One of the most-utilized tools of the onX Hunt App is extensive private / public property boundaries. Our maps show clearly marked property boundaries, public and private landowner names and more—giving you everything you need to stay legal and ethical. With more than 121 million private properties listed, gaining landowner permission may be one of the most obvious uses of onX. We have the most accurate and up-to-date property ownership available on the market, making it easier than ever to contact landowners to request hunting access.

When you see a stud buck munching on soybeans in late July, onX makes it incredibly easy to send the landowner a letter, stop by and knock on the door or even look up landowner information in the Whitepages. The onX Hunt App also provides useful information such as acreage of the property and management unit details, making it easy to do your homework.

Screenshot of onX Hunt App private landowner data.

Conservation and Partner Layers

We’re proud to partner with a number of nationwide conservation associations. Through the development of speciality layers, support of various events and ongoing projects and shared marketing efforts, we embrace the need for those organizations that support wildlife conservation and public lands efforts. While we also partner with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and other western groups, two of our purpose-built layers have special use for eastern hunters.

Built in collaboration with the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the QDMA Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Layer marks areas with known CWD presence. CWD is a transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk that produces small lesions in brains of infected animals. It is characterized by loss of body condition, behavioral abnormalities, and death. CWD is classified as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) and is similar to mad cow disease in cattle and scrapie in sheep. Read more about CWD and how to hunt safely in a CWD area.

Besides impacting deer populations, many states and counties have checking stations preventing you from transporting harvested meat. Additionally, the presence of CWD in a particular hunting unit may affect the regulations. If you plan on hunting in an area affected by CWD, be sure to check the local regulations for any restrictions and be prepared to submit a sample of your harvest for inspection.

The QDMA CWD layer is a free layer that can be found in the “Hunt” category and includes

  • Information on each county where CWD has been detected. Red shading to indicate CWD has been detected in the county.
  • The ability to tap or click inside any affected county to pull up a link to the QDMA CWD webpage for more info.Screenshot of onX Hunt App QDMA CWD Layer and NWTF Turkey Records Layer.

Another nationwide partner layer well-suited both eastern and western hunters, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Wild Turkey Records Layer, is a favorite of both eastern and western hunters—and a great resource for traveling hunters looking to find locations to complete their slams. NWTF was founded in 1973 and is committed to hunters’ rights and conservation. Record-keeping began in 1982 and now contains more than 23,000 records in the database.

The NWTF Wild Turkey Records Layer, which is a free layer that can by found under the “Hunt” category, includes:
– Records for number of entries, top scores, beard length, weight and spur length by county, which are updated monthly during the Spring Turkey season.
– The ability to query any county for additional information, such as which subspecies are present.

Image of a man in camouflage walking through autumn grass with a bow in hand while hunting.

onX may have been founded in the West, but we’re constantly evaluating how to provide hunters all around the country with the best possible tools to allow them to make the most of their time in the field. What’s your favorite use of the onX Hunt App?

header image: Sam Soholt


Jess McGlothlin

Before taking the role of onX Communications Writer, Jess McGlothlin worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor and fly-fishing industries. While on assignment in the past few years she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, stand-up paddleboard down Peruvian Amazon tributaries and eat all manner of unidentifiable food.