The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new mobile phone application designed to provide information and technology to guide and enhance users’ hunting, fishing and wildlife watching experiences, and to provide added safety and enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts at all of New Jersey’s wildlife management areas, state parks and forests, and other public open spaces.
“This is part of the Christie Administration’s
continuing effort to bring more people into our state parks and
wildlife areas, to enhance offerings and make it easier and more
convenient for our residents to enjoy the great diversity of fish and
wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities in New Jersey,’’ said DEP
Commissioner Bob Martin.
The free Pocket Ranger® New Jersey Fish and Wildlife
application is a cutting-edge mobile app that provides on-the-spot
information on the state’s fish and wildlife species along with
extensive mapping of public open spaces, showing and providing site
information on access points for hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife
Pocket Ranger has social networking capabilities, and
provides an advanced map-caching feature that allows users to continue
to navigate even if mobile service is lost. In addition, advanced GPS
technology allows users to keep track of where they are, how far
they’ve gone and to mark favorite hunting spots, fishing holes or
The application also has a Friend Finder feature that
allows users to keep track of the location of friends and family. As an
added safety utility, Pocket Ranger has an alert feature that notifies
select contacts of your GPS coordinates in the event of an emergency.
The application has many other features including weather information, a
real-time calendar of events, rules and regulations, and important
permit and licensing details.
“This exciting new app, along with the State Parks app,
provides our residents and visitors with great tools to make their
outdoor experiences even more enjoyable and memorable,’’ said Dave
Chanda, DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife director. “This application
has features that are valuable to anyone interested in the outdoors in
New Jersey from the novice sportsperson learning how and where to hunt
and fish to the most seasoned wildlife watcher looking for rare species
In future versions of the app already under development,
users will be able to submit rare species sightings and connect after a
fruitful day in the field sharing, commenting, and comparing what they
saw or harvested through online message boards, including a “trophy
case’’ for proud anglers and hunters.
The application is compatible with both Apple and Android mobile devices. Links for downloading either version are provided at http://www.pocketranger.com/apps/nj-fw/apps.php.
“Our expectation is for the Pocket Ranger Fish and
Wildlife Guide to encourage a new generation of users to explore and
discover all that New Jersey has to offer in the way of fish and
wildlife related recreation,” said ParksByNature co-founder and program
coordinator Brett Melillo. “This robust mobile app will enhance the
outdoor experience, raise awareness about New Jersey’s incredible
outdoor resources and help maintain the license revenues necessary to
maintain and improve the state’s fish and wildlife populations.”
The DEP will receive a portion of advertising revenues
generated by the application, which is being provided to the Department
at no cost.
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