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Predator Management in Utah

Wed, 08 Feb 2012

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) recognizes that predator management is a legitimate wildlife-management tool that must be available to DWR personnel when needed. The DWR also recognizes that although predator management can be controversial, it is important to effectively manage both predator and prey populations

During past hunts, landowners in the Delta area have had some difficult encounters with spring snow goose hunters. Some of these encounters have even resulted in damage to personal property.

in Midway, Utah in July 9 through July 14, 2012. This championship is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association and is the first national golf championship to he held in Utah.

Currently, there are three paved trails around the lake, albeit disconnected ones. There?s a trail near the Provo Boat Harbor called Skipper Bay Trail, which also connects to the Provo River Trail...

To put together our recommendations for the Wildlife Board, we will be holding open houses at different locations across the state during the month of February.

Starvation State Park hosts its first annual ice fishing tournament Saturday, February 11. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Rabbit Gulch Campground and the tournament is held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Feb. 11, you'll have a chance not only to see bald eagles, but to learn more about them. The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold its annual Utah Bald Eagle Day that day. Bald Eagle Day is free. You can see eagles at five locations across the state.

Utah's diverse environment has helped build many outdoor business clusters. The ski industry has spawned great ski companies including Goode, Voile, Black Diamond, 4FRNT, Bluehouse and DPS.

Park officials will begin burning piles of dead vegetation in several locations throughout Arches and Canyonlands National Parks over the next several weeks as conditions allow.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced more than $44 million in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funding is now available for several natural disasters that have occurred in Utah over the past 13 months ? primarily from December 2010 flash flooding in southern Utah and from record snowpack flooding last spring in northern and central Utah.

Starvation State Park hosts an ice fishing tournament Saturday, February 11. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the tournament starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for youth 16 and younger.

Somewhere, a fish is biting. And since a fish has always gotta eat, it?s just as true in the winter as it is in the summer. Which is why people ice fish, even if it?s less predictable than already unpredictable fish. ?You can?t plan on ice fishing, especially on lakes like Utah Lake that have such immense exposure,? says avid angler Dan Potts.

A chance is coming up to see more than 100 species of birds in southern Utah's red rock country. The St. George Winter Bird Festival will be held Jan. 26?28, 2012.

The new opportunities have been made possible through a new bear management plan the Utah Wildlife Board approved in 2011. John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the plan is giving more people a chance to hunt bears in Utah.

In response to the burbot threat, the Green River, Rock Springs, Vernal and Flaming Gorge chambers of commerce have joined forces to promote the Burbot Bash, a four-day fishing derby to be held Jan. 25?28.

Group applications allow you and your friends and family to apply together. A group application makes it possible for every member of the group to obtain a permit. If the application is not successful, however, then no one in the group will obtain a permit.

Wasatch Mountain State Park is looking for campground hosts, ATV enthusiasts preferred. This position is located at the Little Deer Creek Campground, eight miles west of Midway, Utah. It is accessible by dirt road only, in a beautiful mountain campground with 17 campsites.

The Walk-in-Access (WIA) program provides opportunity for sportsmen and incentives for landowners. Depending on the property and agreement with the DWR, the public may hunt, fish or trap on the property.

With the continued mild temperatures and low snowfall at Dinosaur National Monument, the monument has decided to keep the Harpers Corner Road open past the traditional January 1 closing date," announced Superintendent Mary Risser. "The road will remain open until we have a forecast of a significant snowfall."

Ice fishing: Basic equipment

Tue, 03 Jan 2012

Catching fish through the ice doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. A short fishing rod and reel, a few hooks and a package of worms are about all you need.

This winter, Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers and members of sportsman's groups are carrying out the largest winter range patrols ever conducted in the state.

Break in your New Year with a guided hike along the canyon rim at Dead Horse Point State Park. This 3 mile round trip hike leads to one of the most beautiful views in all of Utah.

See what's being done to combat poaching and other natural resource violations.

This National Scenic Byway runs through some of the best dinosaur country in the world! Paleontologists have been coming here for over a hundred years to look for dinosaurs and are still making new discoveries.

Hunter education courses are now available around the state for the new year! The Utah Hunter Education program helps you learn essential safety skills and develop practical techniques useful for hunting.

The Bureau of Land Management, West Desert District is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the party responsible for illegally dumping over 70 tires on public lands near Five Mile Pass Recreation Area in Tooele County.

Digging in the dirt does not sound like a glamorous job, but it caught the attention of the cable television network?s Discovery Channel. The show, DIRTY JOBS recently went on a dinosaur dig with some paleontologists from the Utah Geological Survey (UGS). The show is set to air on Tuesday, December 20.

Geocaching on Snowshoes

Fri, 09 Dec 2011

Geocaching and snowshoeing is a great way to get the family outside for some exercise. Learn to snowshoe and geocache all at the same time! Bring your own equipment or snowshoes are available for $5.00/pair. Jan. 7, 2012

You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at this year's Elk Festival. You might even have a chance to take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the middle of a bunch of wild elk!

Tate worked hard, had a huge heart and was loved by many. He will be remembered for his contagious laugh and his hugs. He will be missed by his family, the TN Cowboys and Crew, fellow cattlemen and numerous friends.

Rockport State Park is working with local businesses to host the first annual Rafter B Fish Challenge. It's easy to play, just go fish! No registration is needed.

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy.

Our Utah Fishing Guidebook contains rules, regulations, dates, limits and other essential information. If you plan to fish in Utah, you should read the guidebook.

First Day Hikes

Mon, 28 Nov 2011

Looking for a fun and healthy way to welcome in the New Year?! On January 1, 2012 participating Utah state parks offer free guided hikes as part of the America's State Parks First Day Hike Program.

Utah's Deer Hunt in 2012

Wed, 23 Nov 2011

Starting in 2012, Utah's general-season deer hunt will take place in 30 units instead of five regions. If you've always hunted a particular area in the Central Region?or any of the other regions?you'll need to look at the online map to determine which of the 30 units contains that area.

A new bear management plan is making the new opportunities possible. The Utah Wildlife Board approved the plan earlier this year.

Join park staff for a two-mile, round-trip hike and the chance to explore the unique formations of a lava tube!1:00- 2:30 p.m., Sat., November 26 All listed events are free and open to the public.

The cliff-edged corridor along the Green River is a great place to find wild sheep. Rams are wrapping up the last few weeks of the annual breeding season, known as the rut. It's the time of year when rams of equal size engage in head-butting, sparring and kicking to determine which rams will breed the females.

This is the first edition of what is expected to be a quarterly newsletter. Get the scoop on all the 2012 happenings at the park.

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