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Holding another 107-day duck and goose hunt?and possibly allowing hunters to keep up to three pintail ducks each day?are among items DWR biologists will know for sure after meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in late July.

A trip down the Pony Express Trail is a celebration of the beautiful desert through which the route winds. It is an opportunity to enjoy and explore the romance, vastness, history, and solitude of America?s outback.

Fueling a boat properly is an essential element of good seamanship. Whether you are planning a day outing or an extended cruise, be sure you have enough fuel on board. Practice the one-third rule. Use one-third of your fuel going out, one-third to get back and keep one-third in reserve.

The United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration and Utah State Parks and Recreation ask all recreationists to stay off all muddy roads and trails, and stay out of high flow streams and river crossings.

Camping on the Wasatch Front

Thu, 07 Jul 2011

Utah's Wasatch Range features some great camping and recreational opportunities.  This regional map at is a great place to start your search.

The newly renovated Beach Campground at Starvation State Park is now open. All 33 sites can accommodate RVs and tents and offer a mixture of partial to full hookups.

Officers with The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) conducted an administrative checkpoint on Saturday, June 11. Conducted to ensure compliance with wildlife regulations at Strawberry Reservoir, the majority of anglers contacted were pleased by the effort. Some, however, were not. 

This map displays Utah's federally and state listed threatened, endangered, and sensitive animal and plant species occurrences. Originally mapped at a scale of 1:24,000, species occurrences are depicted as their representative 7.5 minute topographic quad map for display.

The beautiful scenery surrounding Dead Horse Point State Park draws people from around the world, but there is more to this park than just a great overlook! Visitors staying long enough to do some hiking, whether it?s one mile or six miles, will be rewarded with more stunning scenery, interesting plants and maybe an animal sighting or two.

Razorback suckers, an endangered fish found in the Colorado River Basin and one of the four focal species for the Upper Colorado and San Juan Basin Recovery Implementation programs, were recently found in Lake Powell where the San Juan River enters the reservoir.

Utah had the fifth highest fatality rate in the nation at 14.2 deaths per 100,000 registered boats during 2010 according to a recent study by the U.S. Coast Guard. The national fatality rate is only 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered boats, putting Utah at almost three times the national rate.

Golf Digest named Soldier Hollow Gold Course at Wasatch Mountain State Park as one of the Best in State, one of only 10 courses selected statewide. The Soldier Hollow Gold Course will host Utah?s first USGA Championship, the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship July 9 to 14, 2012.

Although most developed campgrounds are open on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, campers should be prepared for mud, fallen trees, and high, swift waterways throughout the Forest. Forest managers are asking that campers stay on roads and camping spurs in campgrounds to avoid damaging campgrounds and getting stuck in the mud.

As the weekend gets closer, you can stay updated on where fishing is the best by reading the Division of Wildlife Resources' weekly fishing report. See the reports online. You can also receive the free reports via email by subscribing to them.

Ferruginous hawks are extremely sensitive to disturbance during their nesting season, especially early in the season. And with work to extract oil and gas in the basin a way of life, the hawks often have a difficult time finding a safe place to nest. But fortunately, four private and public entities?the Newfield Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power, Utah Wildlife in Need (UWIN) and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources?have teamed up to give the birds some help.

Flaming Gorge Fishing Report

Wed, 22 Jun 2011

You'll find fair to good fishing for most species. Water temperatures are into the mid 50s, and there are some warmer temperatures in the shallower bays. Fishing has improved.

The Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride is back! Join us for the 18th annual family friendly, non-competitive bike ride at Antelope Island State Park, in the middle of Great Salt Lake. The ride starts July 15, 2011 at 10:00pm at the Antelope Island Marina and is lit by the full moon. The 22 mile route goes from the Marina to the historic Fielding Garr Ranch and back.

With the start of the special youth hunt days and the regular hunts less than three months away, early summer is a perfect time to take the course.

From northern Utah to points down south, people are seeing bears across Utah right now. And in places they've never seen them before. "I have lived in the canyon for 40 years," says Keith Runcles, who owns the Oaks restaurant in Ogden Canyon, "and this is the first time [I've heard of people seeing bears]."

If you're looking for a place to shoot in Utah, this list is the place to start.

Starting June 16, you can hunt white-tailed and Gunnison prairie dogs in Utah. But you must hunt them outside of the two areas mentioned. In Utah, you'll find Gunnison prairie dogs east of the Colorado River. White-tailed prairie dogs are found elsewhere in eastern Utah.

The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the field trips on Thursday, June 23, 2011 and Saturday, June 25, 2011. The trips will leave at 6 p.m. each evening from the Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.

See bighorn sheep, June 18

Thu, 09 Jun 2011

Biologists will be available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 18 to help you locate the animals and to answer your questions. Late afternoon until dusk is usually the best time to see the sheep.

Utah State Parks boating rangers, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and U.S. Coast Guard, will sponsor three boating under the influence (BUI) checkpoints or saturation patrols on Saturday, June 25

Six baby great blue herons owe their tiny lives to Utah State Parks Ranger and Waterway Supervisor Cheston Slater, and Tap Gorman and Jared Hansen, both of Lehi.

Test your skills against other riders on uphills, downhills, traverses, corners, and obstacles. If you win your local ATV Rodeo, you can compete at the Grand Finale at the Utah State Fair in September.

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."

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