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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [SL]
Aug. 18, 2014
Free Mobile App Available for Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations
AUSTIN -- The official Outdoor Annual -- Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations app is now available for free download on iOS and Android platforms, providing sportsmen with mobile access to information they can use in the field and on the water.
Once installed, the app enables access to the summary of the Texas 2014-2015 hunting and fishing regulations without having to be connected to the Internet. It can also utilize a device's GPS capabilities to access location-specific regulations, such as exceptions to fish size and bag limits and county-specific hunting regulations.
"We wanted to make it easier and more convenient for hunters and anglers to find out what they need to know about the season dates, bag and length limits and other important information when they are enjoying the outdoors in Texas," said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. "We felt it was a priority to use this new technology to provide an added value to the sportsmen whose license dollars help conserve fish and wildlife for all Texans."
The content is mostly the same as in the printed Outdoor Annual, just in a different layout and with added interactivity. The screens are easy to use and have an easy to navigate layout. It includes things like county listings, species listings, definitions, and even details about species. The app will be updated to include waterfowl regulations in September.
The new app will include links to additional information such as Hunter Education Courses and the Weekly Fishing Reports; as well as, an ability to contact your local game warden office. Links to purchase a license online and apply for Drawn Hunts will also be available through the mobile app, though Internet connectivity is needed to access these outside links.
Like the print version of the Outdoor Annual, the mobile app is free, fully funded with sponsor and advertising dollars.
To download the new app, visit http://www.txoutdoorannual.com/app or search the iTunes App Store, Amazon AppStore or Google Play for Outdoor Annual - Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations. The new app was developed by Texas Monthly Custom Publishing in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets.