South Dakota GFP Introduces Smartphone App for Licenses, Reservations and Information

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The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department has unveiled an application for Android smartphones.

The program will allow users to access GFP hunting, fishing and camping information and will enable Android phone owners to purchase general hunting and fishing licenses, apply for big game licenses, make campground reservations in state parks, and access the South Dakota Public Hunting maps using the phone's GPS (global positioning system) functionality.

"Outdoor enthusiasts are some of the most technically savvy people out there", said Chris Marsh, GIS (geographical information systems) specialist with GFP. "They want GPS maps, the ability to buy licenses and make campground arrangements on the fly. This free app will provide Android phone users instant information about these things. They can also check current regulations in our hunting and fishing handbooks."

Marsh is currently working on other smartphone applications, which should be appearing soon.

"Each company has their own programming, software and permissions that need to be worked through" Marsh said. "Ultimately, we want to provide this information to all smartphone users."

The app can be found at: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gfptab&feature=search_result