Contact(s): Jennifer Pelej, DNR public affairs manager, 608-264-9248; Chris Welch, DNR web manager, 608-266-9671
MADISON - Just in time for the nine-day deer season, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp is announcing the agency's first ever free mobile app, available now for iPhone and Nov. 22 for Android users.
"By bridging the traditions of the nine-day gun season with new technology, we aim to make it even easier for hunters to connect with each other, with DNR, and help deliver information hunters are looking for to have a safe and successful deer hunt," said Sec. Stepp.
Through the convenience of their phones, hunters can use the app to find places to hunt, registration locations, rules, regulations, and more!
"I am particularly excited about the GPS mapping features and the safety alert tool," said Sec. Stepp. "They allow people to share messages and their GPS location with designated contacts, to help make sure help is at arm's reach. As I always say, a safe hunt is a successful hunt.
"But let's not overlook the Trophy Case feature! Given how much I like to share the stories and photos from my deer hunts, I am sure to use this one," Stepp said. "What a cool way to connect with a community of hunters right from the tree stand!"
Though the launch of the mobile app is timed with the nine-day gun deer season, the app is built to be comprehensive, providing essential information to maximize fishing, other hunting seasons, and wildlife viewing adventures as well.
"This app will have something for everyone who has an interest in the outdoors of our state," Sec. Stepp said. For example, there will be a feature that highlights opportunities to view wildlife around the state based on time of year and who's passing through. A sneak peak is available now.
"The app will continuously be updated with more and more information and fun features, with another big roll out planned for the spring fishing opener," said Sec. Stepp. "Anyone who downloads the free app now will automatically receive the updates as they are made. What a great tool to always stay connected with DNR and the fun that Wisconsin's outdoors offer!"