By Eva Potter

For all you outdoor enthusiasts, the Official New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife app will put useful information right in the palm of your hand.

A collaborative effort between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and ParksByNature Network, this free app runs on Android 3.0 or higher and is available from the Google Play store.

Powered by Pocket Ranger, this handy outdoor guide provides you with information so you can maximize your adventures with ease. Use it to locate New York’s fishing, hunting and wilderness sites, and gain immediate access to on-the-spot species profiles, rules and regulations, and important permits and licensing details.

Advanced GPS technology provides you the ability to record trails and use photo waypoints to mark traps and keep track of wildlife sightings. By allowing this app to record your location, you can easily find wildlife management areas or lakes and ponds are closest to you.

Reviewer Dennis Smith said: “Great app … Works perfectly on my Galaxy Note 3. Has info on everything to do with NY State outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping etc. If you live in NY or are visiting, give it a try.”

Standard features include places to hunt and fish; species profiles; rules and regulations; license and permit information; advanced GPS mapping features; cache map tiles for offline use; accuracy and distance indicator; friend finder feature that allows users to keep track of friends and family along the way; built-in compass to help users navigate; real-time calendar of events; news and advisories; and potentially life-saving alert feature that supplies users’ GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.

It also serves as a safety communication tool; to record tracks, distance and time; to mark waypoints and photo waypoints; and to recall, post or share saved data.

With essential fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing information at your fingertips, prepare to experience New York’s backcountry like never before.

Many of the enhanced features will operate with little to no mobile reception. However, some features do require mobile data reception. Please be aware that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Christopher Ross said: “Good info, and easy to use.”