Summer is practically around the corner, and if you live in New York State, enjoying the great outdoors just got easier because Fish & Wildlife just released a Pocket Ranger App to bring you to Nature.
“New York State is home to a vast array of fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation locations, providing unmatched opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while supporting local economies statewide,” Governor Cuomo said. “Tourism is a major industry in New York State, and drawing more visitors to our Upstate communities to enjoy the outdoors means new jobs and revenue for local communities. This user-friendly app will build on our efforts to help connect New Yorkers and visitors to opportunities to enjoy our world-class fishing, wildlife and outdoor recreation resources.”
The app comes with all of the information you’ll need for your outdoor adventures:
- Places to hunt and fish and watchable wildlife
- Species profiles
- Rules and regulations
- License and permit information
- Safety communication tool
- Advanced GPS mapping features
- Cache map tiles for offline use
- Record tracks, distance and time
- Mark waypoints and photo waypoints
- Recall, post or share saved data
- Friend Finder feature that allows users to keep track of friends and family along the way.
- Built-in compass to help users navigate.
- Trophy Case, a community of anglers and hunters!
- Real-time calendar of events
- News and advisories
- Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies users’ GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.
NY State’s Pocket Ranger also maintains a great wildlife blog where readers can find information on subjects such as frugal binoculars for birding, tips for camping with children, tea recipes using wild plants, or even great Instagram accounts for outdoor imagery.
New Yorkers might also be happy to hear about the rest of the state initiatives supporting outdoor recreation. Mainly, the $6 million in NY Works funding budget “reduces short-term fishing licenses fees; increases the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two; authorizes DEC to offer 10 days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and authorizes free Adventure Plates for new lifetime license holders, discounted Adventure Plates for existing lifetime license holders and regular fee Adventure Plates for annual license holders.”
This will also include “50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have not reached their full potential. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas.”