Georgia hunters, outdoors buffs using DNR’s new mobile app

rmanley@macon.comNovember 22, 2012 

Some Georgia deer hunters have taken to the woods this fall armed with the state Department of Natural Resources’ new mobile app.

The free app provides everything from hunting licenses and regulations to advanced GPS features that let users mark trails and keep track of wildlife sightings -- or lost friends.

The app’s not just for hunters, though. It also hooks users up to boat ramp locations, species profiles, weather information and maps of public wildlife areas.

The GPS technology allows outdoors enthusiasts to track friends’ locations, mark trails with photo waypoints and cache map tiles for offline use.

The DNR launched the app -- the Official Georgia Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide -- earlier this month.

“We’ve gotten just about all positive feedback on it,” said David Allen, spokesman for the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division. “Most of the people I’ve talked to who have downloaded it like what they’ve seen so far. The species profiles and a lot of the GPS features are ones that people are liking.”

The app does have its limitations, though. A lifetime license, for instance, still requires the printing of too many forms for it to be available via mobile device.

Users, however, can purchase annual licenses directly from the app.

“That’s a nice feature,” Allen said.

The app works on both Android and Apple devices, and it is powered by Pocket Ranger technology. It can be downloaded on a mobile device through the Apple App Store or the Android Market.

To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.

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