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Hunting in Minnesota: Online Resources and Mobile Apps to Enhance the Field Experience

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 06:08 PM

Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources offers online tools via the state’s website, MNDNR Mobile, to help hunters access a variety of tools to enhance their field experience by using mobile options.

As part of MDNR, the following apps are available:

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Lakefinder contains data about all of the state’s 4,500 lakes, provides access to Google maps, fishing depth maps, and includes state regulation information at the palm of your hand. The app can be used on most iOS and Android systems.

Recreation Compass
Recreation Compass provides information about state trails, lakes, forests, and maps. Minnesota hunters can easily access permit boundaries through this app.

Fishing and Hunting License Sales
Another tool for Minnesota hunters is the ability to purchase fishing and hunting licenses while on the go. The mobile license app does not allow for turkey or deer hunting licenses, but offers many others. Once a license is purchased, the hunter will have access via email to verification if asked by a conservation officer to present the license. License can be purchased online.

MNDNR offers the app Layar, which provides access to information regarding state and private access sites for boats. Waterfowl hunters are most likely to benefit from this technology.

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Other apps available to hunters, outside of state-sponsored resources, include:

OHV Trails
This app gives Garmin users the ability to download maps containing Minnesota off-highway trail information, including ORV trail information.

Deer Diary
Another resource that puts hunting information at the tips of your fingers is the Deer Diary app. This tool provides deer hunters with a community of information and data based upon the hunter’s location. Hunters can mark their locations, re-trace their steps, and record information relevant to their hunt for future reference. The app also includes a safety feature that allows hunters to share their exact GPS location with their family while they are on the hunt.

Trimble GPS Hunt
Trimble GPS Hunt allows users to find hunting information for any region. The app uses information from GPS satellites and provides five map types: street, aerial, hybrid, topographic, and terrain. The app also allows for users to capture photos, and more than 15 trip stats, including mileage, speed, elevation, direction, and elevation gain/loss. The app has three options available to users: free, or two paid versions, pro, and elite. The paid versions provide more options to users.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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