LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has announced an update to the official New York Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife App that will allow sports license holders to report game harvests from their smartphones while afield.
According to a press release from the DEC, the mobile app is available free of charge and provides users with up-to-date fish and wildlife news, detailed hunting and fishing season information, species information, weather alerts, social media connections, and GPS mapping capabilities.
“Enhancements to this user-friendly app will build on Governor Cuomo’s efforts to connect New Yorkers and visitors to our world-class resources,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos. “With turkey season less than two-weeks away and the youth turkey hunt this weekend, it’s the perfect time to try out the app’s impressive new features. ”
The new ‘e-License’ and ‘Game Harvest’ features will allow hunters to seamlessly create game harvest reports regardless of whether or not the user is within cellular range. Additionally, the app will allow users to log in to the DEC’s licensing system for instant mobile access to an electronic version of their current license.
The New York Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife App can be downloaded at the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, or by visiting the DEC website. To access the new features, users can click on the HuntFishNY icon within the app.
“We applaud the DEC for creating this new tool to increase harvest reporting in the state,” said Chuck Parker, President of the New York State Conservation Council. “By providing a fast and easy way of reporting your harvest with the touch of a button, this new feature will ensure more hunters can contribute important data to wildlife management efforts and continue to grow the economically important hunting tradition in New York.”