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New York State Fish, Wildlife App Surpasses 100,000 Downloads

So far, more than 100,000 people have downloaded the state's free New York Fish and Wildlife app.
So far, more than 100,000 people have downloaded the state's free New York Fish and Wildlife app. Photo Credit: File photo

New York has reached more than 100,000 downloads of the free New York Fish and Wildlife Smartphone app, according to the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The app, which launched about 18 months ago, allows users to quickly and easily locate places to hunt, fish, view wildlife and enjoy other outdoor activities in New York.

Launched as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, this download milestone highlights the growing interest in outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state and the economic importance of fishing and hunting-related tourism.

"New York State is home to a vast array of fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation locations, providing unmatched opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while supporting local economies statewide," said DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos. "This app is one of the successful tools in Governor Cuomo's continuing efforts to enhance tourism and promote New York State as a premier destination for fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation."

The initiative aims to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women, as well as boost tourism activities throughout the state. It includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York.

The state developed the app in partnership with Parks By Nature Network® at no cost to the state. The app provides advanced GPS mapping features, as well as many other features to maximize any outdoor adventure, including detailed species information, news, advisories and weather alerts, social networking and photo sharing, and cache-able map tiles for offline use.

The app can be downloaded on the Apple App Store website , the Google Play store website or by going to the Pocket Ranger website .

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