Ethical Hunter

Shooting Hours App: Great Idea, But Shouldn’t It Be Free?

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently announced a new app for Android phones (iPhone coming soon?) that will allow hunters to check the exact time for shooting hours in their hunting location.

No more confusing maps or forgotten regulations booklets and wondering if that buck or duck coming into your spot is fair game.

It really is a great idea. In fact, I think every state ought to make similar apps available. But — and I guess maybe I’m just cantankerous — should we really have to pay for it? I know, I know. Ninety-nine cents isn’t much, but then, I guess that’s the point. Why charge a buck anyway?

I’m sure developing this app wasn’t cheap. I’m also sure the DNR can use every buck it pulls in (I subscribe to the idea of buying game stamps even if you don’t plan on hunting or fishing for that game that season), but I guess my point is that I think many of the folks who really could use this app will be resistant to buying it. If the DNR offered it for free, well, then it really might just be the best app idea I’ve seen in a while.

Here’s the release from the DNR

When to pull the trigger? Let the new DNR sunrise/sunset app be your guide

MADISON — It’s late in the day and a beautiful night is on the way. You’re in your tree stand and you realize you don’t have the hunting regulation pamphlet with you. You don’t know if it is still legal to shoot. Now what do you do?

It’s very simple. The answer is in your palm. 

Look at your Android phone. Tap on the new “Sunrise-Sunset” app and learn immediately the legal times of the day to shoot at your location. It’s so simple you’ll think it’s cheating, but it’s not.

Tested by Wisconsin conservation wardens, the app has been developed by the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement to answer your needs.

Using a GPS system, the app tells you to the second the opening and closing time for various hunting seasons for your current location.

  • No calculating is needed.
  • No adding or subtracting of minutes is needed.
  • What you see on the screen for an opening time or a closing time is when you can legally pull the trigger or when you should no longer shoot.

You also can use it to learn the opening and closing times for locations anywhere in the state or for future dates.

The app is really simple

Just turn on your phone’s GPS.

  • Open the app and select the date you are going to hunt.
  • Select the species you want to hunt.
  • Set your location using the traditional state map areas (A-F) and the correct shooting opening and closing times will be displayed.

The app comes complete with a state time zone map tab, an informational tab and an email shortcut to notify the DNR about app needs and issues.

How to get it

Not only is it efficient, it’s cheap – that’s 99 cents cheap! Here are two surefire ways to get it:

  • QR code above: If you have a QR code reader on your phone, fire it up and read the code shown above. It will take you right to the Play Store. After selecting the Plays Store [dnr.wi.gov/u/?q=16], you’ll be brought right to the app.
  • Download the app at the Android Market. Search for Sunrise-Sunset by the WI DNR.

*Note, this app is not yet available in i-Tunes.

One thought on “Shooting Hours App: Great Idea, But Shouldn’t It Be Free?

  1. papabeardaddy-o

    I know I am late in responding, but I believe this is a great idea. I also agree that it should be free. If a states DNR would offer this for free, it would help to build trusting relationships with the individuals who basically keep them employed. I hope Michigan comes up with the same plan.

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    Tim Collins

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