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Every fall, biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources search the slower waters of the Green River and some of its tributaries like the White River for young-of-the-year fish.

Utah's muzzleloader deer hunt ended on Oct. 6. Next up is the state's most popular hunt, the general rifle buck deer hunt. The rifle hunt starts Oct. 22. Between now and then, Anis Aoude says colder temperatures would help hunters a bunch.

The Town of Brian Head wanted to make and maintain a sustainable, environmentally friendly, and multi-use trail system, but did not have the expertise to develop it. The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supported the project by collecting GPS data, identifying trailhead locations, and developing a master plan for trail markers and educational signs.

This historic property built in 1880 provides a glimpse of turn-of-the-century frontier life in Brown's Park. John Jarvie, a business man from Scotland, chose this particular one because of the naturally occurring river crossing.

Utah's state parks are more than great places to visit. State parks and museum provide tremendous economic benefits to our state and local communities through increased revenue and tourism.

Starting October 1st, visitors to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache and Ashley National Forests may see and be contacted by Forest Service employees and contractors surveying forest visitor use.

On Oct. 15 ? three weeks before the regular pheasant and quail hunt starts ? those who are 15 years of age or younger can hunt pheasants and quail in Utah. After Oct. 15, the pheasant and quail hunt will close. The hunt will reopen ? for hunters of all ages ? on Nov. 5.

"We've heard of some nice fish coming out of Steinaker and Starvation reservoirs," said Ron Stewart, Conservation Outreach Manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). "Starvation anglers have been excited about the size and fight of the rainbows.

The mission of Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum is to preserve, protect and interpret the historical resources in this area. Participating in the Junior Pony Express Rider program is a great way to learn about and help preserve the history at this park.

Many of the state's waterfowl management areas ? even the isolated ones, such as Clear Lake and Deseret Lake ? have plenty of water in them. Abundant water means plenty of food for the birds and plenty of places to hunt.

"You're crucial to our law enforcement efforts," says Captain Rick Olson with the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We need your eyes, your help and your support. "We need your help to protect your wildlife."

The public saw the unveiling of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument?s newest dinosaur, Talos Sampsoni and enjoyed a community picnic celebrating 15 years of the Monument?s ?Learning from the Land,? Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Kanab?s Jacob Hamblin Park.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) in coordination with the Washington County Water Conservancy District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a treatment project to benefit and protect native fish species in the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers. The project is scheduled for October 3?8, 2011.

Since 1991, this week-long camp has been providing high-school age students the opportunity to learn about natural resource and science-related fields of study and potential careers through hands-on activities, and field investigations.

Sixteen Division of Wildlife Resources employees were honored recently for their work to help Utah's wildlife. The employees received their honors at the division's Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet was held Sept. 7 at Gardner Village in West Jordan.

Enjoy exploring the San Rafael Swell from your base camp in one of our newly constructed yurts. These modern adaptations of the ancient shelters used by Central Asian nomads come furnished for up to five people with a grill area set up outside for cooking and a propane stove inside to keep you warm on chilly nights.

Chukar fever

Wed, 14 Sep 2011

You can find chukars in many mountain ranges throughout the state. They prefer steep, rocky, semi-arid slopes. They spend time in rabbitbrush, sagebrush, saltbush and cheat grass below the juniper tree belt. The birds also prefer loose rock (talus) slopes that can conceal them and sometimes provide shade.

The public is invited to attend the unveiling of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument?s newest dinosaur and community picnic celebrating 15 years of the Monument?s ?Learning from the Land.? The event will take place on Saturday, September 17th at Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab, UT, from 12-2 p.m.

Do you love hiking with your best friend? Bring your furry friend to Dead Horse Point State Park and explore nine miles of scenic vistas along the dog-friendly trails.

The event will happen at the Orem overlook on Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The overlook is along Squaw Peak Trail Road, just east of Orem.

Drew Cushing, sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, says the agency will no longer manage fish that are placed illegally in a body of water. "Two tools we have to fight illegal fish stocking are no limit and catch-and-kill regulations," he says. "We want illegally introduced fish removed as quick as possible."

In May 2011, Monument paleontologists exploring a fossil-rich area on the Kaiparowits Plateau found a rock mound with a piece of tortoise shell sticking out of it. They determined the ancient fossil was a Basilemys (b?-z?-l?m-?z) that had not seen the light of day in over 75 million years.

Fortunately, Division of Wildlife Resources fish pathologists and biologists don't expect the parasite will affect fish populations in the Green River to any great degree

On Sept. 17, 2011, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resource will hold its annual Kokanee Salmon Day. Viewing runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, and the viewing site is easy to get to.

Get information on all state parks throughout Utah with this handy new field guide.

Soldier Hollow Golf Course was selected to host the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Utah's first USGA Championship. The Amateur Public Links will bring the best public course players to Utah from July 9 to 14, 2012.

On August 6th and 7th, in an inaugural weekend field trip, members of the Koosharem Band of Paiutes, headquartered in Richfield, Utah visited Capitol Reef National Park. For some, it was their first visit to this land for which they have strong ancestral ties.

Sept. 1, 2011 is the first day you can hunt dove, forest grouse, cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare in Utah this fall. But it won't be the last day. Many of Utah's upland game seasons?which were already long?have been lengthened even more this year.

During their meeting on Aug. 18, 2011 members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved another 107-day duck and goose season for Utah. The season begins Sept. 17, 2011 for hunters who are 15 years of age or younger. 

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum presents the pioneer history of Cedar City, Iron County and southwest Utah in a dynamic and engaging environment.

The Division of Wildlife Resources has stocked between 70,000 and 100,000 rainbow trout into Deer Creek every year for the past seven years. The fish are 10 inches long when they're stocked in the fall and spring, but they grow fairly fast?a year later, most of the 10-inch fish are 17 inches or longer. And the rainbows produced in Deer Creek are fat and healthy.

Tips for a safe archery hunt

Tue, 09 Aug 2011

Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 20, 2011. "Every year, we receive reports of archery hunters injuring themselves," says Gary Cook, hunter education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. Two practices lead to most of the accidents: not being safe in tree stands or having arrows out of your quiver when you shouldn't.

The Springville Fish Hatchery was officially opened for raising fish Thursday, August 4. The hatchery closed in April 2005 when whirling disease was detected in some of the fish.

Join us for the Provo River Watershed Festival Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock Cliff Nature Center. Great events and activities for the entire family: Ducky derby, fishing, guided hiking, live music and more.

Join us for the Utah State Parks Road Trip film premier at the Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m. The film highlights the journey of six Utahns who visited all 43 state parks in 72 hours. In honor of their journey, Governor Herbert declared Utah State Parks Road Trip Week August 1 through 7.

Access to Range Creek Canyon is administered by Field Station staff, under the direction of the Utah Museum of Natural History.   In order to protect the canyon lands, maximum of 28 public visitors is permitted per day.

Cougars are exciting animals to see in the wild and rarely cause problems for humans. But you should know how to react if you encounter an aggressive cougar.

Several dozen active hot pots are near the town of Midway in northwestern Wasatch County. The largest hot pot is the Homestead Crater. A 110-foot-long tunnel provides access to the water for soaking, swimming, and scuba diving.

From Nephi to Payson, this route has breathtaking views of the Wasatch Range and 11,929-foot Mt. Nebo, its tallest mountain. See flat bottomlands, high-alpine conifers, red rock formations, gray sandstone cliffs and salt flats all in the same day. Sights include Devil's Kitchen, Walker Flat and Mt. Nebo Wilderness.

In southeastern Utah, we don?t have a lot of high country that?s suitable for good horse-packing trips, but we do have one unique opportunity: the Book Cliffs, Little Creek roadless area. The visual appeal of this area is breath-taking.

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