Pocket Ranger app connects traditions with technology

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MADISON (WITI) — Just in time for fishing season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has updated its Pocket Ranger® mobile app to include fishing and watchable wildlife information, as well as a Sunrise-Sunset calculator.

Just search “Wisconsin Pocket Ranger” in the Apple App Store or Google Play from your Apple or Android device.

The free Wisconsin Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Pocket Ranger® app now includes information for fishermen and women that you can access right from your fishing hole or boat to help you reel in the ultimate catch.

Along with the hunting information released last fall, the upgraded Wisconsin Pocket Ranger® now offers mobile access to:

  • fishing news;
  • fishing basics;
  • lake information;
  • access information;
  • regulations; and
  • fish identification.

Also included in the spring 2014 Wisconsin Pocket Ranger®update is information on common watchable wildlife in Wisconsin.  Users can find basic identification of the most common birds, mammals, dragonflies, frogs, lizards, mussels, salamanders, snakes, and turtles that they might encounter while hunting and fishing across the state. The Sunrise-Sunset calculator helps hunters check for legal hunting times and the regulations for any day.

The initial launch of the app in November 2013 focused on providing hunters with the tools to make it even easier to connect with each other and the DNR for a safe and successful hunt.

Since its launch last November, more than 18,000 people have downloaded the Wisconsin Pocket Ranger® to their Apple or Android mobile devices.  It is available on iTunes and Android Market by searching “Wisconsin Pocket Ranger” from your Apple or Android mobile device.  You can also find more information by visiting dnr.wi.gov, search keyword “mobile apps.”

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources collaborated with Wisconsin Interactive Network and ParksByNature™ to create this app free for the public.