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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.

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.

More chukars this fall

Tue, 21 Sep 2010

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.

Kokanee Day, Sept. 18

Wed, 15 Sep 2010

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.

Swiss Days 2010

Sat, 11 Sep 2010

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).

San Juan ATV Safari

Tue, 31 Aug 2010

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.

2010 Wildfire Report

Mon, 09 Aug 2010

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.

2010 archery hunt preview

Fri, 06 Aug 2010

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.

Burbot are a nonnative fish from east of the Rocky Mountains. The fish was captured during an electrofishing study to recover and study endangered fish in the Green and Colorado rivers. The burbot was captured from an electrofishing raft roughly 1.5 miles upstream of the Split Mountain boat ramp in Dinosaur National Monument.

Salazar today also announced that he has issued a memo to Interior agencies clarifying that a road claims policy issued in 2006 by the previous administration is not binding on the federal government and created unnecessary confusion in the government’s old road claims process.  Salazar will be in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, August 3, to host an America’s Great Outdoors listening session and address representatives of the recreation and outdoor industries.

See ospreys on August 7

Wed, 21 Jul 2010

With their five-foot wing span, the ospreys will be easy to see. And if you attend the field trip, you might even see some turkey vultures and great blue herons, says Bob Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the DWR.

Wouldn't it be fun to have a pet that makes your neighbors jealous? As long as you're willing to give up part of your backyard, you can. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are putting nearly a dozen desert tortoises up for adoption.

The Geology Festival will offer daily ranger-guided walks and talks in the canyon and on the rim, children’s activities on geology, guided bus tours through the park and illustrated programs.

"Keeping the hunting rules and permit numbers consistent will give our efforts to manage cougars more time to work," says Kevin Bunnell, mammals coordinator for the DWR. "And that will result in future recommendations that will be best for the cougars and for the animals the cougars prey on."

Huber Grove History Tour

Wed, 14 Jul 2010

Come tour the historic Huber Grove from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Visit this beautiful, peaceful area and learn about The Orchard - A Rich and Unusual History. The tour is free and open to all. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

Saddle up for a great summertime activity that combines a train ride with horseback riding. Relish the winding trails and scenic views of Soldier Hollow. Return to the lodge for a delicious boxed lunch...

The plan will guide how river otters are managed for the next 10 years. The plan should be available by July 12, 2010. You can review it online. Places to put river otters is one of the areas the new plan focuses on. Straight Canyon near Joes Valley Reservoir and the Weber River are two areas the former plan identified as possible sites.

The number of bobcats in Utah may have bottomed out a year ago. But some trapping and hunting changes should help the small cats rebound. Wildlife biologists are also recommending that seven new areas in Utah open to beaver trapping.

During the past two years, there have been many changes to federal and state regulations overseeing wolves and wolf management. If you are a Utah livestock owner, you might be wondering what options you have if a wolf attacks your livestock. This document addresses common questions and explains what you can and can’t do.

"Trying to hand feed a baby bird is not a good idea."  Birds have a specific diet. Feeding them something that's not part of their diet could kill them. For example, 'the early bird gets the worm' doesn't work in most cases.

Walleye threaten Red Fleet

Wed, 30 Jun 2010

"Someone illegally introduced walleye into Red Fleet," says Ed Johnson, aquatics biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Biologists caught an equal number of walleye and rainbow trout in their nets during surveys this past spring. Several of the walleye weighed more than 6 pounds. Johnson says walleye fishing should be good for the next few years. "Then the fishing for all species, including bass and rainbows, will crash," Johnson says.

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