Last year the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries rolled out a smartphone application called “HuntFishVa,” for iPhone users. The app was designed with hunters and fishermen in mind, but as I’ve used it over the past few months, I’ve found it quite handy for many different outdoors-related pursuits. The sunrise-sunset timer would be useful for any birdwatcher, and the “Trophy Case” allows you to upload pictures and information on any animal you see. Sure, it’s designed for hunters and anglers with their catches and kills. But if your trophy case includes prothonotary warblers or wood ducks or a coyote seen by the side of the road, that’ll work too. My favorite feature is the “Near Me” button. Click it and you can find boat slips, lakes and wildlife management areas near you.
Now the free app is available for Android users, as well. Here’s a portion of the release from the DGIF:
Officially released February 6, 2012, the new Hunt Fish VA mobile app for Android is available free from the Android Market (https://market.android.com/). The online tool allows Virginia sportsmen and sportswomen to search a wide variety of Virginia hunting and fishing related information on their smart phones. Some of the app’s numerous capabilities include:
·buying a license through the secure mobile online licensing system;
·calculating Geolocation based sunrise and sunset times;
·looking up hunting regulations, seasons, and bag limits while in the field;
·viewing freshwater fishing regulations;
·identifying the fish you just caught and comparing them to state record fish;
·recording your harvests in your own personal “Trophy Case”;
·finding nearby boat ramps, Wildlife Management Areas, and lakes with the “Near Me” mapping tool;
·getting the latest news and information from DGIF;
·and much more!
DGIF had previously launched the Hunt Fish VA mobile app for Apple’s iOS devices in July 2011 and was later recognized at the 2011 Governor’s Technology Awards, held annually at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Innovative Technology Symposium. Since its release, the iOS version has been downloaded over 7,000 times and remains a five-star rated app in the Apple’s iTunes store.
I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?