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Utah State Parks and Recreation is stressing helmets, safety and education as part of Utah Snowmobile Safety Week, January 16 through 22 and throughout the snowmobile season. 

Join park staff for a 1.5-mile, round trip hike and the opportunity to explore the 'Winter Circle'-a bright pattern of stars adorning our cold January skies! 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fri., January 21 Events are free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required. For more information, or to register for a program, contact park staff at (435) 628-2255.

Grand Teton National Park is recruiting participants for the 2011 Youth Conservation Program (YCP); the park plans to enroll 15-25 short-term positions.

For a small donation (or sponsorship) of $30, you will receive a sweatshirt and have the privilege of jumping into the freezing water at the Bear Lake State Park Marina. Costumes are welcome!

Hunter education instructors are volunteers. They are often well-established local citizens who can, and will, create local interest and involvement in the program.

Most of Utah's major roads pass through or travel along ranges deer and elk use in the winter. During the winter, deer and elk can be active throughout the day. But they're most active near dawn and dusk—exactly when visibility is at its worst.

Zion National Park is currently closed as a precaution due to rising river levels and potential flood damage to roads and infrastructure. The Zion Lodge and Watchman Campground in Zion Canyon are being evacuated to prevent the possibility of park visitors being trapped in the park by rising water levels.

They have been extinct for millions of years, but Utah dinosaurs are having a record breaking year. Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Utah Geological Survey (UGS), and Temple University announce the naming of the seventh dinosaur from BLM Utah in 2010. Geminiraptor suarezarum, found on BLM lands near Green River, UT, is the oldest reported “raptor-like” troodontid dinosaur in North America (125 million years old).

A tip on the state's poaching hotline has allowed wildlife officers to break a major poaching ring in Utah. Even though officers are happy with the arrest, they say there's still a lot of work to do to curtail poaching in Utah. With only 48 patrol officers in the state, Wood says the DWR doesn't have the resources needed to catch everyone on its own.

Don’t miss the ever popular trip to the North Pole! A wonderful experience for the whole family. Elves serve hot drinks and treats while sharing favorite carols and holiday entertainment. Delight while your children tell Santa their Christmas wishes when he climbs aboard your coach!

Soldier Hollow in Wasatch Mountain State Park near Midway offers the longest tubing lanes in Utah. The hill has lengthy 1,200-foot sliding lanes with lift service for towing people up the hill for tubing day or night under the lights, and a sound system keeps the airwaves full of enjoyable tunes.

Seven deer have been poached recently in the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah. Now officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are asking for your help to find those responsible.

Applications to hunt turkeys during Utah's limited-entry hunt will be accepted starting Dec. 9, 2010. You can apply at Your application must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2010 to be entered in the draw for permits.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Utah's state mammal by taking a sleigh ride through a herd of up to 600 Rocky Mountain elk.

Purchase a Utah State Parks Annual Pass for $75. This annual pass allows you and up to seven guests in the same private vehicle, day-use entrance to all Utah State Parks.

The map identifies important range-wide focal areas having high density occurrences of greater sage-grouse, a ground-dwelling bird that inhabits much of the West. These focal areas were determined by estimating the male’s attendance on leks, the communal breeding grounds of the bird. The BLM will work with the state fish and wildlife agencies to further refine the map by incorporating more specific state-level data.

After a series of public meetings, the state's Regional Advisory Councils are split over which deer hunting option they prefer. The Utah Wildlife Board will make the final decision when it meets in Salt Lake City on Dec. 2.

Under the new plan, some of the limited-entry areas would become harvest-objective areas. The number of hunters who can hunt on a harvest-objective area isn't limited, so switching an area to harvest objective would increase the number of people who can hunt the area. Letting more hunters hunt an area would increase the chance that a set number of bears were taken.

Get all the details in advance of your visit to Zion National Park this Winter.

Youth Snowmobile Education

Wed, 24 Nov 2010

Your safety is our number one concern. Utah law requires youth, ages eight to 16 (or until they get their state issued driver license), to complete the Utah State Parks and Recreation Know Before You Go! snowmobile education course before operating on public lands, roads or trails.

Learn more about riding OHVs in Utah on the Utah State Parks website

Winter is here, along with plenty of Utah snow.  Utah is home to some of the best winter resorts and activities in the country.

It's the time of year when rams charge into each other, slamming their horns together in a spectacular head-butting ritual that's designed to attract the attention of the ladies (female sheep called ewes).

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry contains the densest concentration of Jurassic-aged dinosaur bones ever found. The deposit is also the largest collection of a large meat-eating dinosaur ever found.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, the Willard Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed to general public access to accommodate the annual one-day youth pheasant hunt. The youth hunt previously has been held at a Walk-In-Access area.

Swan hunters: It shouldn't be long now. During an aerial survey on Nov. 2, 2010, Tom Aldrich counted 14,793 swans in marshes along the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake.

The Division of Wildlife Resources will present some major changes for the 2011 hunt at public meetings in November. Those changes could affect the number of bucks you see and the ability you and your family have to hunt.

If you've ever thought about hunting quail in Utah, this fall might be the time to give it a try. California quail and Gamble's quail populations have done well in Utah the past few years and appear to be doing better this year.

Applications for next year's most prized Utah hunting permits — 2011 sportsman permits — will be available by Nov. 1. Only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. One sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species: Desert bighorn ram, Rocky Mountain bighorn ram, buck deer, buck pronghorn, bull elk, bull moose, hunter's choice bison, hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat, black bear, cougar and wild turkey.

The Division of Wildlife Resources will be conducting three projects to eliminate undesirable fish in Southern Utah in the near future.

The 'Wild West' returns to Antelope Island State Park! Join us for the 24th Annual Bison Roundup, Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30, 2010. Volunteer wranglers will saddle-up and move the park's herd of 600 free-roaming bison from the southern tip of the Island to the bison corrals on the northern end of the island.

Kamas fish hatchery closes

Thu, 14 Oct 2010

"Whirling disease has been detected in the creek above the hatchery," says Walt Donaldson, Aquatic Section chief for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We don't think whirling disease made it into the hatchery. But we're not taking any chances."

Many lakes and streams in the Uintas are managed as recreational fisheries, and they contain a large variety of trout species. The mountains’ trout residents include brook, cutthroat, golden, rainbow and tiger, ...

Anis Aoude, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says if you're hunting in northern Utah—where the winter was mild this past winter—you could see more young bucks. If you're hunting in southwestern Utah, where deep snow covered the deer's winter range, you might see fewer young bucks.

Known for having The Greatest Snow on Earth®, the state of Utah is heading into the winter season with a wealth of new terrain, luxurious accommodations, on-mountain enhancements and adventure-packed packages to entice eager skiers and riders. Home to 13 world-class ski and snowboarding resorts, 11 located within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport, Utah’s mountains are geared up to offer the ultimate experience this 2010-2011 season.

Utah's most popular hunt—the general rifle buck deer hunt—begins Oct. 23, 2010. While taking a deer is usually the highlight of any deer hunt, make sure you take advantage of all the experiences deer hunting offers. If you're one of the lucky hunters who obtained a permit for the hunt, getting prepared now—by gathering materials and gaining knowledge—are the key to a safe and successful hunt.

Visit Snow Canyon State Park with your family at 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 8 and join park staff for a hike to Johnson Canyon and Johnson Arch. Learn more about the natural history of the area as you traverse lava flows and a desert scrub community on this ranger-led, two-mile hike.

Hunting and OHVs

Mon, 04 Oct 2010

Off-highway vechicles (OHVs) are a convenient form of transportation to hunting areas. However, with the increased number of registered OHVs used during hunting seasons, it is vital for hunters to know and obey OHV laws and rules for their own safety and the safety of others.

Members of the Utah Wildlife Board want hunters to see more buck deer during Utah's general hunts. That goal has led the Division of Wildlife Resources to put on hold big game hunting ideas it's shared with hunters over the past several months.

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