Tuesday, September 26th

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Jerry Solsrud of Oconomowoc carries a pair of Canada geese taken on a hunt in Ozaukee County on Sept. 1, opening day of the 2017 Wisconsin early Canada goose season.(Photo: Paul A. Smith)Buy Photo

The state Department of Natural Resources says technical glitches have forced the agency to eliminate two popular mobile phone apps used for a variety of outdoor activities.

The mobile apps by Pocket Ranger have been used for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing, as well as for a guide for state parks and state forests. The apps also are used by natural resource agencies in other states.

The DNR said Tuesday it asked Pocket Ranger to take steps to shut down the apps immediately. The DNR is also asking users to stop using them. 

The apps launched in 2013 and in a media release in November 2015 the DNR called the software "amazing."

DNR spokesman Jim Dick said in an email that the app for hunting, fishing and wildlife had a total of 293,587 downloads on Apple and Android devices; the guide for state parks and forests had 157,580 downloads.