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How to Create a Seal-Hunting Post

Overview

To create a hunting post, follow the steps below. This article uses a seal as an example, but the same steps can be followed for any hunted animal. Likewise, it demonstrates how to do this using the Android app but the iPhone app is very similar and you can follow the same steps on that version.

First, open the SIKU app to the post tab by clicking on the () icon.

Create Post

Tap the green “Wildlife” button and choose the type of animal you want to post about. You can scroll through the list to find a species or you can search the name in Inuktut or English.

Next, choose whether you saw or harvested a single animal or a group of animals, a family of animals, or observed its tracks or den. The information you can enter will be different depending on what you select.

For a hunting story, select “Hunting Story” checkbox.

If you saw an animal but didn’t harvest it, you can leave the hunting option unchecked to create an observation post.

Set Location and Time

As soon as you create a post, your device will automatically begin getting a GPS fix on your location.

Photos & Description

Information entered into the “Photos & Description” panel will be displayed prominently in the SIKU feed and when shared to Facebook.

Make your post unique by giving it a featured name.

You can attach up to 3 featured photos from your gallery or capture them with your phone’s camera.

Describe the Animal

Next, describe the animal that you hunted. Tap the buttons to indicate sex, age, size, and body condition.

Take a photo of the entire animal and attach it to your post here.

Describe the Surrounding Habitat

Next, you can include some basic details about the ice type you observed in the habitat panel. 

Add a photo of the surrounding habitat and then tap “Tag Sea Ice Features” to open the Ice Type Picker. You can scroll through to find the ice type or search by the English or Inuktut name and select it.

Write any notes you may have about the habitat in the “Habitat Notes”.

Describe the Animal(s) You Hunted

In this section you can indicate the capture method.

Describe Stomach Contents/Diet

Taking a photo of the stomach contents of your catch is an easy way to monitor long term changes in animal diets for your region. 

Add a photo and tap “Tag Stomach Contents“. Tag the stomach contents you observed by searching for a species in English or Inuktut or by scrolling through the wildlife photos.

Add other observations about the stomach contents in the notes field.

Describe the Animal’s Condition

Attach a close up picture of the animal’s condition, such as its skin or fat. Record your observations in the “Condition Notes” field.

Record Animal Measurements

Record the measurements of the animal in this field. You can set your preferred units in the defaults tab.

See more information about your default settings in the Set Post Defaults article.

Unusual

If you noticed anything odd about this seal, such as if it was sick or if it sank, document it in the ‘Unusual’ tab by selecting the options that apply.

Defaults

Set your post tags and make changes to stewardship or privacy settings in the default settings tab. All of these settings can be set ahead of time in the app settings screen. Make sure your community, and if applicable, associated projects are tagged.

Learn more about privacy and stewardship settings in the Understanding Project Stewardship article.

Saved Posts

When you’re finished with your post, tap the yellow Save button. Because SIKU works offline when you’re out hunting when you save a post it goes to the “Saved” post tab so that you can upload it when you’re back in town.

Note that at this point your post is not uploaded to SIKU. You must upload the post when you are connected to internet.

Post Edit

If I didn’t have time to include all of the information out on the land, you can edit it before uploading it to SIKU. In the “Saved” tab tap the three dots () next to your post and select Edit from the sheet that appears.

When you’re done editing, press the Save button to close the post and save your changes. 

Upload

Since I am not connected to the internet, this seal-hunting story is saved on my phone and I’ll need to wait until I have an internet connection to upload it to SIKU. 

Once you are connected to the internet, to upload your post to SIKU, go to the “Saved” tab and press the upload icon next to your post. The amount of time it takes to upload will depend on the speed of your internet and how many photos you have taken. A circular progress bar will display the percentage of the post that has uploaded. When the post finishes uploading, it will disappear from the list in the “Pending” tab and appear in the “Uploaded” tab.

Please keep SIKU open while uploading posts to ensure they are uploaded correctly.

Feed

You can verify that your post is online by going to the feed tab. It will display on your community’s feed and on the “All Communities” feed based on the date and time you made the post. The easiest way to check for your post is to go to your own profile.

You can access your profile from the “Explore” panel

In the explore tab, tap your profile image at the top of the screen and then select View my profile.

Select “View My Profile”

Pull down on the top of the screen to refresh the feed and scroll down to the correct date & time to see your post.

When you’ve found your post, tap the “More” button to open the post details up on the map.

The post is indicated by an icon on the map located where you caught the seal. To see all the details about your hunting story, tap the up arrow in the yellow drawer at the bottom of the screen.

You can scroll through the post to view its details. You can also press the Share button to share your post on Facebook or Twitter.

Updated on June 11, 2021

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