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Rick Brockway

May 30, 2014

New app may help you, but it's not for me

I don’t know how people got along years ago without a cell phone. No matter where I go, it seems everyone is on the phone. They drive with them, eat with them, talk to who knows who while shopping and, I’m sure, even use them while sitting on the toilet. What ever happened to a little privacy?

Personally, I don’t want to live my life connected to everyone else. I don’t carry a cell phone. I don’t want people to know where I am or to be able to reach me every minute of every day of my life.

Heck, many of the places I go have no cell service at all. When we hiked up Mt. Marcy last fall, I was surprised that my friend had no service on the highest mountain in the state.

But for those of you who live on your cell phones, New York state recently has adopted the “New York Fish and Wildlife App” for your smartphones. You can download this free app from the iTunes App Store or from the Android Market.

My first thought was, “What would I need that for?”

Because dummy ... we live in the new age of technology, and this app would be very handy when I’m out in the wilderness. When I’m hiking, I could use the GPS feature to check maps and get trail information and instant weather updates. And instead of eating a meal of freeze-dried food while sitting on an old, pine log, it would tell me where I could find the nearest McDonald’s.

The fisherman could find out where public access is available on a nearby stream, or specific special regulations for that particular body of water. And when you take that trophy fish, you can share a photo and all the details with your buddies.

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