Press Release

New Mobile App on Target for Georgia Outdoorsmen!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/7/2012)

Enhance your outdoor experience by downloading the new mobile app from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  The Official Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide is offered free and is on-target for all hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. 

The Pocket Ranger® is an all-encompassing app that allows you to explore the outdoors like you never have before. Pocket Ranger® gives users full access to information for each of Georgia’s DNR facilities—look up hunting regulations, retrieve facility maps, buy licenses and permits and stay current on our events. The app’s advanced GPS section allows users to track, mark, record and share their explorations and discoveries easily with other Pocket Ranger® users as well as family and friends. 

This new app, developed for IPhone and Android platforms, uses some of the most advanced GPS smartphone technology to provide users with valuable features that will enhance their visits to Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), Public Fishing Areas (PFA) and other state owned lands. The app—developed collaboratively between Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources and ParksByNature Network—is available for free to smartphone users, and can be downloaded by visiting Apple iTunes, Android Market or www.StateParkApps.com

“The new Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide makes exploring Georgia’s outdoor areas easier than ever,” said Dan Forster, Wildlife Resources Director. “It has an activity search feature which allows you to find the closest place to hunt, fish, ride horses, bird watch or just explore trails.  It also includes detailed descriptions of each area with all amenities available at the site, current weather reports and maps for WMAs, PFAS and all state owned lands.” 

GPS technology plays a pivotal role in the app’s safety functions, including a safety alert feature that informs designated contacts on your phone of your GPS coordinates in case of an emergency. 

“I am very excited about the new safety alert feature which will assist us finding your location if you are lost,” said Forster.  “This technology will aid our Conservation Rangers in providing assistance if needed.” 

This spring, Pocket Ranger® introduces GeoChallenge, a new feature that includes geoquest activities as well as games. Enjoy the fun, new ways to navigate, learn and explore your favorite areas by completing the various challenges. The challenges and quests will be added and updated regularly. 

With an extensive list of features, social sharing options and safety functions, the Official Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide is one of the most highly developed, free apps on the market. Download it today to begin the fun!

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