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The Pocket Ranger Application is being discontinued immediately

Published by Central Office September 12, 2017

Contact(s): Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773

A new app is in the works

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has notified the developers of the Pocket Ranger mobile app that the agency is terminating its agreement and has requested that steps be taken to shut down both the Wisconsin Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide Pocket Ranger and the Wisconsin State Parks & Forests Guide Pocket Ranger mobile apps immediately.

While the Pocket Ranger app has been a valuable tool over the past several years, there has been a decline in service and support for the app as technology changes and upgrades have been made to various mobile device operating systems by other companies. Pocket Ranger has not been able to keep up with those technology upgrades and as a result no longer works on certain operating systems or in some cases is providing inaccurate information.

"Rest assured, the idea of offering a similar application is not going away," said DNR Spokesman Jim Dick. "We are committed to finding a replacement for this application that will meet your needs and expectations and ours. We regret any confusion this may cause for our customers but given the circumstances, our only option is to discontinue the use of the current application."

Since versions of this app, already downloaded, contain information that may not be correct, customers should discontinue use of both the Wisconsin Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Guide Pocket Ranger and the Wisconsin State Parks & Forests Guide Pocket Ranger mobile apps.

People should continue to visit the department's mobile-friendly website at dnr.wi.gov to access current information on hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation opportunities in Wisconsin.

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Contact information

For more information about news and media, contact:
James Dick
Director of Communications
608-267-2773