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Fish for free on June 4

Mon, 23 May 2011

June 4 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You won't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day. "Make plans now to get out with your family and enjoy a free day of fishing," says Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Fishing should be good in northern Utah over the Memorial Day weekend. Bass should just be starting to get active. And you should be able to catch wipers from the shore at Willard Bay.

Take a short drive to Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn in Fairfield and learn about this once bustling military camp home to 3,500 troops sent to suppress a rumored Mormon rebellion. Hunt for dinosaurs at the Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal. Explore 22,000 square feet of exhibits including fossils, dinosaurs, and early American Indian history.

On May 5, members of the Utah Wildlife Board reduced the number of general-season buck deer hunting permits by 7,000 for the 2011 hunts. Not all big game hunting permits for this fall's hunts went down in number, though. For example, the number of general spike bull elk permits was increased to 15,000. And the number of mountain goat permits ? a once-in-a-lifetime permit that's difficult to draw ? was increased to 133.

The golf course measures 6,360 yards from the back tee markers but plays longer because all the par-5s play uphill. However, the golf course will challenge even the most advanced player.

Bring the whole family and participate in safe boating challenges.

The 6th Annual Cowboy Legends Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival will be celebrating the cowboy ranching history on the Island. You are invited to step back through 133 Years of Utah History on the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch.

Another rainy week, but the weekend should be sunny and nice.

Curtis Robinson caught a 31˝-inch cutthroat trout at East Canyon Reservoir this spring. The fish Curtis caught is a new Utah state record?it's the largest cutthroat trout ever caught and released in Utah. Curtis caught the 31˝-inch "cruiser cut" at the reservoir in northern Utah using a handmade marabou jig.

 Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers assigned to the southern region conducted surveillance on a camp of suspected poachers during the 2010 muzzleloader deer hunt. During the course of the investigation, conservation officers documented five California residents committing various violations of Utah criminal and wildlife code.

Walleye spawn in May. During the spawn, walleye typically gather near tributaries (waters that flow into or out of a body of water) and in spawning areas within the main body of water itself. Gathering in these areas makes it easier for anglers to find them. Six waters?Utah Lake, Lake Powell and Willard Bay, Deer Creek, Yuba and Starvation reservoirs?are the best places in Utah to catch walleye.

Justin Dolling, upland game and migratory game bird coordinator for the DWR, says biologists want to give Utah's hunters more time to hunt. And upland game are the perfect group of species to offer that opportunity.

Ferron Creek and its tributaries comprise about 47 miles of stream. A project this large ? on interconnected streams ? creates what is known as a ?metapopulation.? Simply put, this is a population that is large enough to be self-sustaining and is not likely to be eliminated by a local catastrophe like a forest fire.

Justin Dolling, upland game and migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says he and other DWR biologists are excited that all of Utah's turkey hunters can hunt this year. "Our biologists have worked hard to get Utah's turkey population to the point that all of the state's turkey hunters can hunt," Dolling says. "It's rewarding to see how well turkeys are doing in Utah."

Rhianna Christopher, volunteer program coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the DWR has worked hard to keep the Dedicated Hunter program hunters join in 2012 as close as possible to the current program. "This is a valuable program," she says. "We want the program to work for hunters."

"The next several weeks is the best time of the year to catch big splake at Joes Valley Reservoir," asserts Division of Wildlife Resources Fisheries Assistant Manager Justin Hart. "You don't need a boat or special equipment to nail the big ones."

The tigers will be only two to three inches long when they're released. But they won't stay that size for long. Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the fish should be about 20 inches long a year from now. "And by spring 2013," he says, "most of them will be 30 inches long or longer. Tiger muskie grow fast."

Purchase your Annual Pass online, at your favorite state park or at DNR's Salt Lake City Office. Passes valid for one year from date of purchase. Annual Pass provides you and up to seven guests day-use entrance to most Utah state parks.

?What do I need?? is a question I frequently hear when I take someone fishing. Today?s tackle choices are almost limitless, especially when you consider all the different lures and their variations in size, weight and color. I think most anglers are overwhelmed by all the choices, and I understand completely ? I?m getting to be the same way.

The large number of trout?and the stunning and breathtaking scenery you'll see?make the Green one of the best places in the country to fish for trout. And spring is the prefect time to fish it.

Improved campgrounds, trails and timber management were just a few of the numerous accomplishments of the workers and volunteers in Dixie National Forest.

Scofield Reservoir is on the verge of losing its ice cap. As of April 3rd, there was three feet of open water that ringed the shoreline. Another patch of open water was observed on the south end. If temperatures continue to climb, the ice could be off before mid-April.

Millsite Reservoir is the centerpiece of Millsite State Park and offers a diversity of recreational opportunities, including camping, picnicking and golfing at its adjacent 18-hole golf course. The 435-acre reservoir is situated four miles west of the town of Ferron and State Road 10. The park is within an hour's drive of most locations in Carbon and Emery counties and is 165 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

Starting April 1, 2011 you can't hunt prairie dogs on public land in Utah. You can start hunting them again, however, starting June 16, 2011. There are two exceptions to this rule?Utah prairie dogs in southwestern Utah, and the white-tailed prairie dog population in Coyote Basin in northeastern Utah, may not be hunted, no matter what time of year it is.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has been very successful in creating new environments for big game by transplanting animals into new habitats.

About 15,000 trout per mile are found in the first eight miles of the Green River below Flaming Gorge dam. The large number of trout?and the stunning and breathtaking scenery you'll see?make the Green one of the best places in the country to fish for trout.

See Gunnison sage-grouse

Mon, 21 Mar 2011

If watching the colorful strutting display of Gunnison sage-grouse sounds interesting, state wildlife biologists have an offer for you that might be hard to refuse. During the weekends of April 1?2 and April 15?16, they'll take small groups of people to see Gunnison sage-grouse strut on leks (breeding grounds) west of Monticello.

If you aren't able to attend the Utah Wildlife Board meetings, you can watch them later on this website.

During the winter of 1983?84, nearly half of the deer between Brigham City and the Wyoming border died. Following that winter loss, deer numbers slowly increased over the next decade until, once again, the winter of 1992?93 killed half of them. Since that time, deer numbers have stayed relatively low, increasing and decreasing largely in response to winter severity. The herd has yet to recover to its 1983 numbers.

Community fisheries provide a fun, easy way to spend quality time with family and friends outdoors. They offer a setting for parents and kids to talk, enhance family interaction, and keep busy Utahns in touch with the natural world.

If you recently moved near a foothill in Utah, don't be surprised if some of the plants in your garden disappear this spring. Gardens, yards and areas right next to roads are "deer magnets" in the spring.

Join the ranch curator at 10:00a.m. at the Fielding Garr Ranch for a moderate 9 mile hike of the South Island Trail discussing the island?s history that surrounds this trail. History includes Daddy Stump, Sodium Sulphate plant and early Island history. For more information call (801) 649-5742

In the northern Book Cliffs during the last five years, 62,700 acres of habitat have been treated by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and other partners. Most of these acres are in crucial deer summer and winter range.

Tundra Swan Day, March 12

Tue, 08 Mar 2011

The Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host Utah's annual Tundra Swan Day on March 12, 2011. Admission is free.

The Legacy Nature Preserve is a 2,225-acre wildlife preserve on the southeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. Established as environmental mitigation for the Legacy Parkway Project, the Preserve helps prevent encroachment of future development into this portion of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem by restoring a mosaic of different wetland and upland habitats that are important for a myriad of wildlife species, especially migratory birds.

Wildlife biologists and researchers estimate that vehicles may kill as many deer in Utah every year as hunters do. (During the 2009 hunting season, hunters took about 23,000 deer.) But it's the part of the population cars take that makes the difference.

Ranger-guided hikes are offered into the Fiery Furnace twice each day. These popular 2.5 to 3 hour hikes are moderately strenuous, requiring the occasional use of hands to scramble up and through narrow cracks and along narrow ledges above drop-offs.

If you want to hunt during the deer hunt, or during other big game hunts in Utah this fall, you need to get your application in soon. Your application must be received at no later than 11 p.m. on March 3, 2011 to be included in the draw for permits.

In early February, the Division of Wildlife Resources in partnership with the BLM, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, and Utah State University, captured and radio-collared 59 bison on the Henry Mountains.

PacifiCorp has teamed up with the BLM Moab office and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to assist in the preservation of the ferruginous hawk, a state-sensitive species.

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