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When to shoot? Let new DNR app tell you when to pull trigger

Warden Wire Section: Outdoor Recreation published on October 30, 2012

By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement

Itís late in the day and a beautiful night is on the way. Youíre in your tree stand and you realize you donít have the hunting regulation pamphlet with you. You donít know if it is still legal to shoot. Now what do you do?

Itís very simple. The answer is in your palm. It's called the "Sunrise-Sunset" app for Android phones.

Once loaded, and see below how to get it, all you need to do it tap on the new ďSunrise-SunsetĒ app. You will learn immediately the legal times of the day to shoot at your location.

Tested by Wisconsin conservation wardens, the app has been developed by the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement to answer your needs. Using a GPS system, the app tells you to the second the opening and closing time for various hunting seasons for your current location.

No calculating is needed.

No adding or subtracting of minutes is needed.

What you see on the screen for an opening time or a closing time is when you can legally pull the trigger or when you should no longer shoot.

You also can use it to learn the opening and closing times for locations anywhere in the state or for future dates.

The app is really simple

Just turn on your phoneís GPS.

Open the app and select the date you are going to hunt.

Select the species you want to hunt.

Set your location using the traditional state map areas (A-F) and the correct shooting opening and closing times will be displayed.

The app comes complete with a state time zone map tab, an informational tab and an email shortcut to notify the DNR about app needs and issues.

How to get it

Not only is it efficient, itís cheap Ė thatís 99 cents cheap! Here are two surefire ways to get it:

QR code: If you have a QR code reader on your phone, fire it up and read the code on this link:


It will take you right to the Play Store. After selecting the Play Store [], youíll be brought right to the app.

You also may download the app at the Android Market. Search for Sunrise-Sunset by the WI DNR.

*Note, this app is not yet available in i-Tunes.

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Warden Wire