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Oklahoma Seeks Bowhunting Observers


ATTENTION AVID BOWHUNTERS! Here’s your chance to impact wildlife management decisions and activities of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation! And all you’ll need to do is keep track of things you observe while in the forest or the field.

For the first time, the Wildlife Department will conduct a Bowhunter Observation Survey during the upcoming archery seasons. Bowhunters are invited to go online and register as an official observer and become a citizen scientist this year.

“This is a great opportunity to help the Wildlife Department learn more about our natural environment, and in turn help the wildlife that we are mandated to protect and conserve,” said Corey Jager, responsive management specialist for the Department.

Here’s how the survey will work:

Bowhunters will register by filling out an online form before Sept. 30.

Participants will receive an informational packet that they will receive by e-mail before the survey period begins Oct. 1.

When in the field or forest from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, observers will record the number of deer, wild turkeys and furbearers they see, along with the number of hours they spend in the field.

Observers will submit reports of sightings either at the end of each hunt, or all at once after Nov. 30 using an online form.

After the survey is complete and data are processed, participants will receive a copy of the results.

“We believe this citizen-science survey will provide valuable information to the Wildlife Department for evaluating population demographics and the general health of these wildlife populations,” Jager said. “And it’s just so easy to jot down your observations from your hunting trips, but it really could help our biologists make the best management choices for the animals and hunters alike. This survey allows hunters to play a more active role in bettering the future of their sport.”

To sign up, go to through Sept. 30. For more information, contact Jerrod Davis, furbearer biologist, at or (405) 590-2583, or Erik Bartholomew, big game biologist, at or (405) 396-2503.

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Now that hunting season is fast approaching, you’ll notice hunters across the nation scrambling to get their gear together before opening day. It doesn’t matter about weaponry or game; for many, hunting season is as much about family, friends and spending some quality time with Mother Nature than it is about harvesting the animal!

It makes sense many hunters stress over the preparation process for such a big trip, so we decided to help out by putting together a guide that covers everything from picking your hunt to what you’ll need to remember before walking out the front door (hint: license and tags.)

Choose Your Destination

The No. 1 thing you must nail when planning your hunt is the destination. Where do you plan to hunt? Better yet, what game will you be hunting? If you’re new to the sport, a great way to find new places to hunt is to socialize. Visit your local sports store or gun/archery shop and talk up the employees there. If you want to hunt somewhere local, you can easily find a set of state regulations at most sport stores. And if you’re planning an out-of-state trip, use online forums and community boards to find good units to hunt.

Keep in mind, if the location of your hunt is far from home, it would be wise to prepare your vehicle, too. Change the oil, rotate your tires, check your fluid levels, and make sure your tail lights are working. The list can go on and on, but, in short, you want to be prepared. Since you’ll most likely be driving down a dirt road or two, it would be wise to make sure you have reliable, all-season tires that offer excellent safety ratings.

Packing for the Hunt

If you live by the phrase, “Proper planning prevents piss-poor performance,” then you probably have a pretty decent routine to prepare for your hunting trip. But if you feel a little helpless and don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help. Once you know where you’ll be hunting, make it a habit to buy appropriate state licenses and tags right away, as well as find out exactly where you plan to set up camp.

Guided hunts can be fun because someone else is in control, allowing you to sit back and not worry about much. However, DIY hunts provide elements of independence and autonomy that will help you create lasting memories year after year. If you plan to camp for any length of time, you’ll want to make sure you have access to a shower. Fortunately, many state parks and lakes offer coin-operated shower areas.

Another priceless piece of preparation is to locate a freezer in which you can hang your prize animal if you fill your tag before the rest of your hunting party, or if it’s hot and you still need to take down camp before heading home.

Setting Up Camp

If you think your desire for hunting will continue to last — news flash: it most certainly will — then we advise purchasing a wall tent. It feels more like a small home than a tent in the woods, and with just a few simple additions (cots, tables, chairs, wood stove), you won’t even realize you left the comfort of home. The interior of the tent can get messy with the continuous stream of muddy boots, so put down heavy, waterproof flooring and a mat in front of the door to cut down on dirt.

If you’re bringing along a generator, you won’t want to forget gas. The same goes for off-road vehicles, if you’re bringing any. If you’re archery hunting, make sure you toss in a few targets so you can shoot out of camp. The kitchen area is vital for a successful hunt. Check and double check your shopping list to make sure you have all the food you might possibly need. If you plan to hunt way out in the sticks, you may not be able to easily get to a store, and it’s best to avoid this hassle altogether. A set of cooking/kitchenware can be bought at almost all sporting good stores, but you can save cash and make one from the stock you already have at home.

Lastly, before you pull out of the driveway, make sure you have your tags, license and weapon of choice packed and ready to go. Check the tail lights if you have a trailer in tow and hit the road with gusto, because opening day is just around the corner.

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The fastest way to turn a hunting trip into a chore is to come unprepared. Whether you’re a hard-working bachelor or dad in serious need of some quiet time, you know how tough it is to get away, so make sure you get the most out of your time. Plan ahead and make sure you don’t leave out these essential, yet all too often overlooked, items:

1. First Aid

Blood clotting powder, emergency blanket, poncho, iodine tablets and bandages all make sure you are ready for the unthinkable. While it’s not likely that something will happen (not everything is like “Naked and Afraid” and “Dual Survival”), it’s better to be prepared. Bring extra first aid and survival gear to ensure you won’t end up having to come home early, injured and empty handed.

2. Sleeping Pad

You want to enjoy your trip just as much as you want to bring home a trophy. Just because you’re out in the great wide open all alone doesn’t mean you have to rough it. In fact, investing in a few luxuries can make all the difference. A supportive sleeping pad is the way to go if you’re staying overnight. The newest versions are lightweight, self-inflating and insulated. This way you’ll be warm and comfy after a long day in the wilderness.

3. Baby Wipes

Yes, baby wipes. These let you clean up and feel like a million bucks for the rest of the day. They are especially useful if there’s not a port-a-potty around for miles.

4. Sunglasses

Make sure you bring sunglasses even if the weather calls for cloudy skies or storms. Even an overcast sky can deliver powerful rays and exhaust your eyes after a long day of tracking. This can greatly effect your accuracy. Invest in a good pair that are comfortable enough to wear all day, have UVA and UVB blocking, and are polarized.

5. Smartphone Apps

Smartphone apps can increase your success rates no matter what you’re hunting, from white tail deer to largemouth bass. Some useful apps include weather prediction, location specific camo guides, knot tying tutorials and recommendations for choosing the right bait for the stream you’re fishing. But remember, you won’t be able to use map or location services unless you invest in a personal hotspot, which still may only give you spotty service. Download maps, videos and tutorials ahead of time or take screenshots of important info you may not be able to access in the bush.

6. Walkie-Talkies

Speaking of spotty Wi-Fi, you need to be able to communicate with your hunting buddies or call for help. Beartooth Radio, for example, is a smartphone case that turns your cellphone into a walkie-talkie, even if you don’t have service. It can call within a 5-mile radius and text within a 10-mile radius. So whether you want to check on others in your group or you need to call for help, this gadget is a good investment.

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Going hunting is one of the best ways to leave the technological world behind and get back to nature, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave all your technology at home. A hunting trip might be just the respite you need from Netflix, your flat-screen and your laptop, but bringing your phone and a few accessories with you on the hunt can make your trip less stressful and increase your success rate of bringing home something for the freezer. Here’s your guide to some clever gear for your phone for your next hunting trip.

The Case for a Serious Phone Case

If you’re going to be using your phone on the hunt, it’s time to get serious about your case. Remember, just because a case feels heavy duty or is covered in camo, doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for your personal needs.

Are you often hunting in rainy weather? Many bow and rifle experts are huge proponents of hunting in the rain and for good reason. There are fewer hunters willing to brave inclement weather, and big bucks are driven to move during daylight storms. And while a downpour will have most whitetail hunkered down, they are much more likely to move before and after a big storm.

A waterproof case is a great investment, but the operative word here is investment. While knockoffs are available online for anywhere from $5 to $30, the quality and the warranty comes with a heftier price tag. Otterbox, Pelican and Lifeproof brands offer shock- and rain-resistant options that are under $100. All offer cases in a variety of colors to match the terrain, as well as some pretty cool camo options.

Recording and Connecting

Whether you belong to an online hunting community, have a Facebook hunting group or like flying solo, consider making a video the next time you’re on the hunt.

It’s easier to do than ever before, and it’s amazing the uses you can find for these video recordings. They’re a great way to study your technique, teach young hunters about safety, remember landmarks and honey pots and, of course, maintain your bragging rights. And no, you don’t have to wear a helmet and a GoPro and put up with shaky footage.

The new LG V10 cell phone’s Steady Record feature stabilizes your video and allows you to capture all the action. And the AM-Sportsman action mount fits all cellphones and allows you to mount your smartphone to your rifle, compound bow or fishing pole.

Apps to Help Your Hunt

Some apps are helpful during the hunt and some are helpful while preparing, but they’re all reasonably priced and worth checking out. For example, Hunt Predictor has received rave reviews, and its detailed five-day forecast predicts the movement of deer, turkey and waterfowl. It also keeps track of your friends’ location during the hunt.

The HeyTell app is another great tool to have in the field or in case of an emergency. It basically turns your phone into a walkie-talkie. You don’t even have to sign up for an account to communicate.

Remember that using apps and taking videos will drain your battery. Be sure to invest in an external charger so you don’t have to worry about conserving battery life.

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shutterstock_384222676For the avid outdoors enthusiast, the summer season means one thing — a hunting trip. A tradition as old as time, people have looked forward to this magical time when they could head off into the woods with their friends and tune out all of life’s daily responsibilities. Though part of the fun is leaving behind distractions, here are 10 items you need to remember to bring with you.

1. Cellphone

Though the point of your trip is to relax and unwind away from all of the distractions that tether you to the daily grind, you’re not a savage. The baseball season stops for no one, so your cellphone lets you check scores while you are away, and you can also load it up with helpful apps like a compass, range finder, radio and GPS. So, if you happen to get injured you can call for help, and, if needed, a pizza delivery.

2. Zipper Bags

Sealing baggies have 101 uses, but on a hunting trip they are particularly helpful. For example, you can store scent lures separate from your other belongings, so your favorite sweatshirt doesn’t end up smelling like elk urine.

3. Wet Wipes

Also providing multiple uses, the convenient and disposable wet wipe will serve you well after dinner, after a messy field dressing and after nature calls when you are in the middle of the woods. Wet wipes are more durable and sanitary than standard toilet paper, so they are perfect for your trip.

4. Tools

One goal when packing for a weekend hunting trip is to pack light, so a single item with multiple applications is ideal. For this reason, the tried and true Swiss Army Knife is invaluable. There are so many versions of this baby that you can find one that serves all of your needs. However, you may want to carry a separate hunting knife or a small wood saw or ax.

5. First-Aid Kit

If you have not had to break into yours yet, you will. Carry one with you if for no other reason than to account for Murphy’s Law.

6. Sunglasses

The sun will get to you after awhile. Don’t leave home without a pair of sunglasses and extra lenses, since you will be spending the majority of your time outdoors, sitting, standing and waiting in the sun.

7. Food & Drink

Hunters tend to have mixed feelings about carrying water into the woods. There will always be that one friend who refuses and boasts about his ability to head off into the dark with nothing more than a weapon in hand and a license. This is also the person who refuses to eat anything while on the trail and thinks doing a few squats every few hours will keep him warm in the chilly night air.

Ignore him.

There’s nothing wrong with packing a few energy bars for the hike. Even though you don’t want to lug around a gallon of water and have to pee every 45 minutes, you also don’t want to get lost in the woods without it. A canteen or water bottle is fine. And when you return to base camp, nothing beats a cold brew, either as a congratulatory toast to a successful hunt or as a consolation prize for your empty hands.

8. Fire-Starters

Your trusty Zippo is great to have on you, but a few additions to your fire-starter kit will save you a massive headache when it comes time to kindle. Bringing waterproof matches, a metal match, Vaseline-coated cotton balls for tinder and a plumber’s candle along with you will ensure that starting a fire will be a snap.

9. Spare Release

Here’s one for bow hunters in particular. If you know the sense of dread and disappointment that washes over you when you take aim on an approaching deer and then hear that god-awful clinking sound that your release makes as it hits the tree stand on its way down, then you know the importance of having a spare release on your person before making your climb up that tree. Check and recheck your pocket or vest to verify.

10. Silk Scarf

Men have been wearing scarves for hundreds of years, so get past your senseless aversion. The cowboys of the Wild West understood that wrapping your neck in a silk scarf protects it from the dreaded neck chafing that comes with wearing a wool shirt. It also can be used to block cold drafts from your skin or as a sling if you’re in a pinch. You can question the manliness of wearing a scarf all you want, but you cannot deny its applicability.

Hunting and technology have always had a symbiotic relationship. Some examples of ancient tools include the bow, which was developed 18,000 years ago, and spears, of which fossils have been found in Asia that date back 16,000 years ago. Hunting techniques and technology have continued to evolve since this time, as shown by the following examples:

Duck Calls

Duck calls have been used as decoys since 1678. When it first began, hunters would trap wild ducks and provoke their calls to attract other wild ducks. In 1870, Elam Fisher patented a wooden duck call that was a tongue-pincher-style call. The call went through many improvements throughout the 20th century, mainly on the reeds and tone boards, to sound more realistic.

Today, hunters have easy access to electronic duck calls available on smartphone apps. For example, the Duck Hunting Call app by the Pico Brothers has seven professional duck calls for hunters to use. The Pico Brothers have released additional call apps for other varieties of game, as well. When these apps are paired with a smartphone’s advanced audio technology, such as the HTC Boom Sound on the HTC One M9, duck calls can be taken to the next level. Both wooden and electronic game calls have been reviewed to be effective, so the choice of going for the traditional or new method of calling is based on preference.


Optical aiming technology has been integrated into hunting methods since the 17th century. The scopes hunters attach to their rifles have improved drastically from 1835 to the present. The early scopes were refractor telescopes, which used a lens as its objective to form an image. However, these were soon replaced by reflecting telescopes, which provided larger openings, or apertures. The design was again improved upon in the World War II era with the release of eye relief scopes, which let the viewer see a wider range of angles. From these technologies, scopes quickly improved to adapt to low light with the integration of infrared night vision devices.

Some smartphones are replacing scope attachments because they can attach directly to a hunter’s rifle and be used with the help of apps, such as Inteliscope. This app does more than just provide an improved optical range with a 5x digital zoom, but it also records the hunt so the hunter can watch it over again. It also provides you with a compass, GPS positioning, a shot timer, flashlight and strobe, ballistic drop compensation and a library of selectable reticles. Although many hunters enjoy this new technology, some criticize it for making the hunting experience feel more like a video game. The app averaged a 3.5 rating from 773 users. Reviews praise it for the quality of the mount, but also criticize its inability to auto rotate.

As hunting technology continues to move forward, it seems like the path leads to primarily electronic adaptations, which give hunters accessible, multi-faceted tools they can take anywhere.

Hunting, fishing and general outdoor survival skills have moved from a pastime we learned from our fathers to a quickly growing trend in the 21st century. Television shows and even dedicated networks highlight the lifestyle of the great outdoors with content covering everything from hunting and fishing to survival prepping.

Hunting is attracting a much younger audience in 2015 as well, for a number of reasons — the sport in general is more televised, there are a number of hunting “celebrities” in the media, and hunting travel around North America is increasing due to enthusiasts who crave new and exciting places to hone their skills.

No matter your outdoor passion, there’s a place in North America to experience the very best of it, and maybe even learn some new skills along the way.


Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, and home to some of the best fly fishing on the planet. To enthusiasts, fly fishing is more of an art then a skill. The novel “A River Runs Through It” describes fly fishing in beautiful detail, highlighting the meticulous practice it takes to master the craft. So what better place to learn the art of fly fishing than surrounded by the natural beauty of Yellowstone?

Fly fishing season lasts six months at Yellowstone, spanning waters all across the park, in areas that are both easy and difficult to reach. For more information, this site has details on each spot and the best time of year to fish.

Lake Winnipeg

If boat fishing is more your thing, venture up to Ontario, Canada for some of the biggest fresh water catches in the continent. Lake Winnipeg is known for large Walleye and the waters are very well protected and strictly governed, so the fish are always large and abundant. The seasons are shorter for fishing, but it’s an excellent summer trip with friends or family. Plus, if you still need a boating license, it’s easy to grab a Canadian one here in the U.S., so leaving the country isn’t an issue.


Think of Arizona and a desert immediately comes to mind for most people. In much of the state, that’s true. Arizona is a hot, arid state with one exception — the north. The mountains of northern Arizona resemble something you’d expect in Colorado and they come with most of the same wildlife, which means plenty of hunting opportunities.

Deer, elk, moose, and black bear are just some of the game roaming around Flagstaff, Arizona’s biggest city in the northern part of the state. Combined with excellent campgrounds, this is one of the best places in the U.S. to hunt. And since Arizona is very gun-friendly, options for hunting are even more accessible.

It doesn’t matter what you love to do outdoors. What matters is that you explore new places to do it. We live in the greatest part of the world for hunting, fishing, and outdoor survival, and it’s a shame to not explore those hobbies outside of your own backyard. No matter where you visit, there will always be plenty of resources on what to expect and where to stay, as these hobbies are growing quickly in popularity and rising fast in availability.

Extended Hunting Trip Packing 101


There are few things better than an extended hunting trip, whether heading out on your own or spending some time away with your friends or family. Getting out of the hustle and bustle of hectic city life, enjoying the peace and tranquility of nature and the excitement involved in tracking and bagging your trophy are all great reasons to pack up and hit the woods. Just remember that extended hunting trips can take a toll on your equipment and accessories, so here’s a few things to remember when packing so that you don’t find yourself in a fix halfway through the trip.


Today everything is portable, so make sure you are covered. Even if you are set up at camp with a generator or additional power, make sure you have enough batteries to operate things like flashlights, headlamps or GPS devices.

Repair Kits

Be sure to include a variety of items, everything from a standard sewing kit to repair clothes to a gun repair kit, to a personal repair kit to fix and address any minor injuries that might occur as you are trekking through the wilderness.

Sun Glasses

Eye protection is crucial regardless of where you are hunting or what time of year it is. Winter snow can harm your eyes as easily as summer glare. Having a pair of sunglasses like the Oakley Flak Jacket are a good option for the outdoors. The Oakley frames are compatible with both polarized and non-polarized replacement lenses. Be sure to select lenses with 100 percent UV protection to keep your eyes protected and nano coating to repel dust.

Scent Prevention

Scent control is one of the biggest factors of successful hunting, and one of the things you can’t really control about yourself. Using items like Under Armour Scent Control can help, but having a stockpile of sprays like Nose Jammer can keep your scent concealed when you’re in the woods.


Make sure you have the right clothes for the right situation, and plenty of them. You can never go wrong with packing extras of items like socks, especially if you are going to be in damp or cold weather. Also, don’t necessarily trust the weather report. It never hurts to back an extra rain poncho or hat.


Staying hydrated can be key, especially when out hiking or tracking your prey all day. Having access to plenty of clean water will help to make sure you stay healthy throughout your extended trip. Make sure you bring enough for everyone, and just to be safe, pack along a water filtration system to ensure you have a safe water supply, even if you run out.


Take into account everyone who is going and where you will be going. If it’s just you, you know your limits and abilities, but if you are with a group they may not be as tough as you. If it’s cold, bring plenty of hand warmers. For warm weather, make sure to pack items like sunscreen and bug repellent.

Don’t be afraid to over pack with necessities. It’s always better to have too much than to find yourself in need.

Thousands of pounds of venison are delivered by Bushnell employees to Operation Breakthrough, which feeds needy children
Thousands of pounds of venison are delivered by Bushnell employees to Operation Breakthrough, which feeds needy children

Bushnell, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for 65 years, is proud to once again support Operation Breakthrough as their annual holiday organization.

Operation Breakthrough is a nationally accredited, not-for-profit corporation that was started in 1971 by Sister Corita Bussanmas and Sister Berta Sailer as a response to requests from parents in the central Kansas City area for quality child care for children of the working poor.

The program began with 50 infants, toddlers and preschoolers at 31st and Paseo. In 1976, it expanded to include before- and after-school care. The Center moved to its current location at 31st and Troost in 1981. Since that time, it has added a broad range of social services to meet the needs of the children and their families. In 2006, Operation Breakthrough completed an expansion and renovation project that doubled the size of the facility and increased its licensed capacity from 353 children to over 500.

Since 2009 Bushnell and hunters from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have contributed over 5000 lbs. of fresh, organic, sustainable deer meat to the Operation Breakthrough food pantry. This year Bushnell expects to collect over 2000 lbs. of meat and poultry for the center.  At today’s meat prices, that is a six year total of $30,000 worth of free range protein.

All this fresh meat goes to feed the children and families of the center.  Protein is so vital to the development of kids, and often traditional food banks are not able to donate fresh meat items.

The main contact for Operation Breakthrough is Sister Berta Sailer. To learn more about the organization and ways you can help go to

5 Gifts for Hunters Who Have It All

Christmas is coming up fast, and most of us are in present buying mode. If you have hunters on your list, you probably want to get them something that they can use while enjoying their favorite hobby. However, buying the right hunting gift can be challenging at times, especially when shopping for the guy or gal who seems to already have all the gear they need. Fortunately, there are plenty of gift choices that are ideal for the well-stocked and outfitted hunter.

Lorpen T3 Hiking Socks

While kids typically groan when they find socks under the Christmas tree, most duck and deer hunters are happy to open up a package of sturdy socks. The T3 Light Hiker Socks from Lorpen start at about $18 and they are great for reducing foot fatigue. The socks feature three natural and synthetic yarns that blend together into a knit that helps to keep feet dry and comfortable, even after long treks into the woods.

Snow Peak Titanium 600 Mug

For hunters who camp for at least a day or two, the Snow Peak HotLips Titanium 600 Mug from REI will allow them to enjoy their morning coffee or evening soup without burning their taste buds, tongues and lips. The titanium mug can be placed right onto a fire or stove, and then the food grade silicone HotLips can be attached to the side so people can sip the hot liquid without burning their mouths on the hot metal. The durable mug is also lightweight at just three ounces and it retails for just under $37.

Reusable Utensils

If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer for an avid hunter, the Cloverware Lite reusable utensils from Alite are a great choice. Perfect for hunting trips, the set includes a knife, fork and spoon that nest together and can be washed and used again and again. They are also super sturdy and can be boiled in water over a campfire to clean them.

Celestron Elements FireCel

Ideally, hunting means getting away from smartphones and other electronics. But a lot of hunters know and understand that these gadgets can be very useful in the wild, especially for GPS purposes and weather checks. ShopDeerHunting features the Celestron Elements FireCel which works as a portable power supply for phones, as well as a hand warmer and LED flashlight. For just under $40, the FireCel will provide steady heat for up to three hours, and it’s small enough to fit into a glove box or hunting bag. The LED light features five settings including an SOS mode.

Camouflage Pants

While you might think that the hunter in your life who seems to have everything probably has plenty of pants, chances are good that he or she can always use more of this hunting wardrobe staple. Cabela’s sells a terrific selection lightweight camo pants that are perfect for all types of hunters. The Mossy Oak Five-Pocket Denim Jeans run about $30 and are made from 100 percent brushed cotton twill that is designed to help hunters walk around without their pant legs rubbing together and making noise. They are also durable and comfortable, and have five pockets for holding supplies.

Bonus Gift Idea

Spypoint C4 2-in-1 Trail Camera

This trail camera boasts innovative, interchangeable Flash or LED. It uses the 35 infrared LEDs to capture black-and-white photos by night, or switch-in the Flash unit and capture 4MP colour pictures day or night. Record videos from 10 to 90 seconds. Adjustable distance detection sensor captures movement from 5 to 50 ft. Automatic infrared level adjustment reduces unwanted blur. Multishot mode captures up to four pictures per detection. 5 Zone Coverage delivers fast trigger times and a wide field of view for scouting larger areas or food sources. Extremely compact, the internal camera removes easily for fast, convenient handling. User-friendly switch panel. Easy-to-read display with date and time stamp. Memory card slot for use with SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB (card not included).