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.
"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.
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.
Our 2011 calendar features scenic photographs highlighting interesting and unique geology from around Utah. The calendar will be available the first week of October for $4.95
This year's waterfowl hunt starts Oct. 2, 2010. Tom Aldrich, migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says most of the ducks Utah hunters take at the start of the season are locally produced birds.
Dave Olsen, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says rain that fell last spring and early summer provided the birds with better habitat. He says good spring and early summer moisture is critical to upland game birds.
Children will enjoy pony rides, a petting corral, Pioneer Playground, a mini-train ride and take-home crafts. Parents and kids alike can ride the larger replica trains, explore the Native American village or visit Brigham Young's original farm house. Food, drinks and treats are available at the Monument Café, Huntsman Hotel and Z.C.M.I. general store.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will host Kokanee Salmon Day at Sheep Creek on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 at the Scenic Byway turnout where Sheep Creek crosses under Highway 44.
"Don't wait to get your permit," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "If you want to hunt bull elk in Utah, get your permit now."
Volunteers are needed to teach school children and other visitors about wildlife habitat and the importance of protecting it while guiding them along the center's new 1.5 mile boardwalk.
The 2011 Official Utah Scenic Calendar features iconic destinations, outdoor activities, and events. The calendar features photographs of Utah's incredible scenery and travelers enjoying activites in varied landscapes.
Santa Clara's Annual Swiss Days Celebration is truely a home-town celebration full of history and fun! Santa Clara celebrated its first Swiss Days in 1990 in tribute to the town's pioneer heritage
One of Utah's native fish, the Bonneville cutthroat trout, will soon be returned to the Shingle Creek drainage. Shingle Creek is one of the primary tributaries of Clear Creek, located on the north end of the Tushar Mountains in Piute and Sevier counties.
The Provo Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the Department of the Interior, awarded a contract under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, totaling $100,000 to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) of Orem, Utah, for the removal of non-native fish from Utah Lake to aid in the recovery of the native June sucker (Chasmistes liorus).
The San Juan ATV Safari is an incredible three-day adventure that will leave you breathless. This ATV extravaganza will surround you in the beauty and excitement available only in the Canyonlands Country of Utah.
Even though boaters are putting their boats away for the season, a nasty little invader could still make its way into Utah over Labor Day weekend. And Lake Mead would be a likely source. Larry Dalton says the number of quagga mussels produced at Lake Mead each year reaches its high point in September and October.
If you want to hunt tundra swans in Utah this fall, you need to apply for a permit no later than 11 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2010.
A plan that will guide how river otters are managed in Utah through 2020 was approved by the Utah Wildlife Board on Aug. 19, 2010.
Many Utah anglers aren't happy with the size of bass they're catching. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists have an idea to fix the problem: get more anglers who are willing to keep fish involved in bass fishing.
On Aug. 19, 2010 members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved a 7:30 a.m. start time in Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake and Weber counties. Over the past 16 years, the hunt in the counties has started at 8 a.m. Across the rest of the state, the Oct. 2, 2010 opener will start even sooner—at 6:55 a.m.
America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this year with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.
This is Rockport's annual Bluegrass music festival. If you play, dance to, or just like to listen to Bluegrass music, you'll want to come and join the festivities. Camping is not only available but also encouraged; non-campers are also welcome to join in the fun. Fees for camping are $2 per person per night and day use fees are $5 per car. For further information contact Rockport at 435-336-2241.
From Utah's coordinated fire information center.
Hunters who are 15 years of age and younger can participate in special chukar and pheasant hunts this fall.
Overall, the number of mule deer in Utah is holding steady at just over 300,000 deer. The number of bucks wildlife biologists saw after last fall's hunting seasons averaged about 16 bucks per 100 does on the state's general season units.