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Many waters in Utah provide good ice fishing year after year. "In my opinion, Utah has some of the best ice fishing in the country," says Drew Cushing, sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

The story below is the third in a four-part series about a fun activity to do in Utah in the winter — ice fishing! The series will explain the benefits of fishing through the ice and provide tips to get beginning anglers started.

After December 31, 2012, no one may operate a PWC that does not meet the 2006 emission standards set by EPA for the manufacturing of two-stroke engines. 

Beginning with the 2013 boating season, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) river permitting system for the Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River will change for private boaters from a first-come-first-served, call-in reservation process to an online lottery reservation process on the website.

Register for all 3 events, enter your largest measured trout caught at each event and the person with largest total measurements wins the grand prize-an $800 gift certificate to Sportsman's Warehouse awarded at the Starvation tournament.

In conjunction with America's State Parks' second annual First Day Hikes initiative, Antelope Island and Coral Pink Sand Dunes state parks host special New Year's Day hikes.

An evening full of fun and entertainment for the whole family! At an affordable price! $2.00 admission or $1.00 admission with a non-perishable food donation, $2.50 skate rental 

Box Elder County residents and visitors will have a rare opportunity to catch a little more magic this christmas because Fantasy at the Bay will be back at Willard Bay State Park for the 10th consecutive year. The light park opens: Friday, November 23rd and runs through Monday December 31st.

Possible falconry changes

Wed, 28 Nov 2012

Rules that guide how falcons are used to hunt wild game in Utah will be discussed at an upcoming series of public meetings.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Department of Natural Resources are pleased to announce the selection of Greg Sheehan as the new director of the Division of Wildlife Resources. Sheehan, a department employee with 20 years' experience, has been the DWR's Administrative Services chief since 2002.

Use this itinerary to plan a hands-on tour through this bright, desert region, full of ancient history and intrigue. You'll wander where ancient Native American civilizations developed and thrived and handle remnants of their cultures. You'll walk under a huge, natural stone bridge and stand in four states at once. The list of stops is diverse; it will be an adventure you'll never forget.

Utah Ski and Snow Sports

Fri, 16 Nov 2012

Utah is home to 14 world-class ski & snowboard resorts, 11 located within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport. Collectively, Utah's resorts are home to over 26,000 skiable acres of the most accessible terrain in North America.

Early December is the perfect time to see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. That's why Division of Wildlife Resources personnel have chosen Dec. 1 as the day to hold Utah's annual Bighorn Sheep Watch.

2012 Christmas Tree Permits

Wed, 07 Nov 2012

The holiday season is coming and thousands of people every year cut their Christmas tree from national forests. Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a family tradition for many residents of Utah.

This year the National Park Service will honor America's warriors with free entrance to all parks for all visitors, over the three day Veterans Day weekend.

After you've reviewed the ideas, you can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting or by sending an email to them.

Explore the intriguing occupation of the Four Corners region by Native American peoples. Travel the archaeological heartland of America while crossing the beautiful and diverse landscapes of the Colorado Plateau. Photo: Troy Cline

Almost 200 head of bison will be auctioned at Antelope Island State Park on November 10th.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reports, during the first six months of 2012, wildlife crossing structures have allowed more than 300 deer to safely pass at two of the state’s busy highway crossings.

Price Canyon Recreation Area may also be temporarily closed during the week of October 21 for a prescribed fire burn if weather allows. This project is located in Price Canyon next to the Price Canyon Campground.

As fall progresses, cooler water temperatures make the water at all levels of a lake or reservoir more attractive to trout. The cool temperatures bring big fish to areas where anglers can catch them by casting from shore or trolling from a boat.

Only Utah residents can 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 and hunter's choice Rocky Mountain goat.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Price Field Office is announcing a 30-day opportunity for the public to provide input on proposed changes to its river permitting system for the Desolation and Gray Canyons of the Green River.

A phone call to the Utah Division of Wildlife Turn-in-a-Poacher (UTiP) hotline prompted an investigation and successful prosecution of three Colorado residents in the illegal taking of a 4x4 buck and doe deer. The incident occurred three miles outside the Colorado border in Utah's Book Cliffs back in November 2011.

Friday, Oct 26, will be the main push to move the bison from the southern portion of the Island to the handling facilities on the North end of the island. Saturday any bison left on the range will be moved to the handling facilities.

Come in your costume and encounter ghosts, goblins and other ghastly beings along a 1.5 mile route through the shadowy streets of Hyrum City and Hyrum State Park! Register online by Oct. 19th for this first-ever haunted walk/run.

Every year, trappers apply for permits to trap muskrat, beaver and other furbearers on Utah's Waterfowl Management Areas (WMAs). You may only trap on a state WMA if you have the necessary permit.

The general rifle buck deer hunt—Utah's most popular hunt—starts Oct. 20. More than 52,000 hunters, along with their family and friends, are expected to be in Utah's backcountry that day.

On Oct. 13—three weeks before the regular pheasant hunt starts—those who are 15 years of age or younger can hunt pheasants in Utah. Quail can also be taken that day.

The vast landscapes of GSENM offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities for a wide range of users. From the solitude of lonesome canyons to the excitement of winding rugged backways, the Monument is truely a treasure.

Utah's 2012 general rifle bull elk hunt kicks off Oct. 6. Permits for the hunt are almost gone. On Sep. 26, about 2,600 permits to hunt on any-bull units were still available. About 2,400 permits were available to hunt spike-only units.

Christopher Winslow of Iron County, Utah was illegally fishing at Panguitch Lake on April 29, 2011, when a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer contacted him. Winslow possessed an expired combination license, which he unlawfully purchased while on suspension for a 2004 hunting violation.

Karpowitz has served as the agency's director since 2005. He's been in his position longer than any state wildlife director who's currently serving in the western United States. And he's one of the longest serving state wildlife directors in the country.

The Utah Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council voted Sept. 20 to designate a newly restored section of the Ogden River as a "Blue Ribbon Fishery." (photo by Phil Douglass)

This hands-on and interactive festival with live music and food is free to the public.Wasatch Mountain State Park Visitor Center is located in Midway between Snake Creek and Pine Canyon on Warm Springs Rd.

Loa–Trout from the Loa State Fish Hatchery will be stocked soon into waters in Utah that already have New Zealand mud snails in them.

Horseback riders have several established trails that are regularly used. The Moab Field Office maintains a campground in the Onion Creek area with rustic equestrian facilities.

Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the DWR, says holding special youth days—before the birds have been hunted and when adults aren't allowed to hunt—is a great way to get young people interested in hunting.

The viewing event will be held Sept. 22 at the U.S. Forest Service visitor center at Strawberry Reservoir. The visitor center is along U.S. Highway 40, about 20 miles southeast of Heber City.

There is a children's fishing pond at the visitor's center. Bring your own pole or rent one from the park. Cost is $3 per pole and $3 for a dozen worms. Children 11 years old and younger DO NOT need a fishing license.

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