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Staying Safe in Cold Water

Tue, 20 Oct 2020

Autumn is here, and along with the changing leaves comes changing water temperatures.

The Utah Wildlife Board approved a few changes to some of Utah's fishing regulations, along with a few other rule amendments during Thursday's virtual public meeting.

Just like you'd never fly a plane without getting some training and doing a lot of preparation, you shouldn't go fishing or hunting without making sure you know the laws.

With the exception of swans (which require a permit from the hunt drawing that ended July 16), the rest of the waterfowl hunts in Utah are open to anyone with a Utah hunting license.

In September and October, kokanee salmon - which are a shade of silver most of the year - change to a bright red prior to traveling up rivers and streams to spawn.

A fun fishing challenge for anglers of all skill levels

The Utah Wildlife Board approved a few changes to the 2020-21 cougar and bobcat hunting seasons, as well as a few other items during Thursday's virtual meeting.

The DWR conducted surveys during the spring of 2020 to get feedback from anglers across the state on these proposed changes.

The Roundup is essential to the health and wellbeing of both Antelope Island?s wildlife, as well as the island itself.

Normally a three-day event, the 2020 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit will be a one-day event held at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

The daily limit for all trout species at Nine Mile Reservoir was removed Aug. 10, allowing anglers to catch and keep as many of the fish as they want during maintenance work at the reservoir.

The deep blue sky overhead, the swirling river against the boat's hull, and the shouts of excitement when we find another fish ? they're all part of a larger quest.

Capitol Reef National Park is defined by The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile wrinkle in the Earth's crust

Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors, but more people camping, hiking and biking on public lands means more people who have to "go" in places without bathroom facilities.

As with each wildlife species in Utah, cougars are managed according to guidelines established in a management plan, which includes regulated hunting.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year, the remaining big game permits and all over-the-counter permits will only be sold online on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website.

There are 13 lakes along the 42-mile stretch of Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta Mountains, as well as hundreds of other lakes scattered throughout the Uintas, and approximately 80 lakes and reservoirs on Boulder Mountain

Qualifying to hunt most bird species in Utah is simple: buy a combination or small game license and head afield.

Five rattlesnake species live in Utah, the most common of which is the Great Basin rattlesnake.

Normally a three-day event, the 2020 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit will be a one-day event held at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

While many events are still canceled due to COVID-19, fly fishing is a great recreational opportunity that offers a fun way to enjoy Utah's outdoors, and June is an ideal time of year for it.

To help keep state parks operating efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic, Utah State Parks will be undergoing some temporary operational changes.

When visiting a state park, please remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others and avoid congregating at trailheads.

Spring is here, which means wildlife migrations are in full swing. Bird-watching is a great opportunity to enjoy wildlife

This new pre-pay option allows visitors to pay their park day-use fee online prior to visiting the state park.

In order to follow social distancing guidelines and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is now offering a temporary online field day for hunter education courses.

Each of the closed wildlife management areas provide critical winter range habitat for mule deer. And each one is clearly marked with signs indicating it is currently closed.

Robert Dennett, 45, of Washington City, and Kamron Wootton, 35, also of Washington City, were charged in Kane County's 6th District Court with bribery or threat to influence a contest, a third-degree felony

Faith Heaton Jolley is the public information officer for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. She joined the division in 2019, after working as a reporter and editor for for seven years.

Utah is doing something that only a few other states are doing: real-time tracking of wildlife. And now some of that data will be available to the public via a new website that launched Tuesday, March 3.

If you are looking for some warmer weather and some hot fishing, look no further than these three waterbodies in southern Utah during late March.

Division of Wildlife Resources biologists respond to questions from the public.

The DWR captures around 1,000 big game animals each year to perform health assessments and to place GPS collars on the animals to learn more about their migration patterns.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials are reminding the public not to feed deer or other wildlife after corn kernels were discovered in the gut of a deer that recently died of chronic wasting disease in the Moab area.

Thousands of geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings. If you want to see the incredible spectacle yourself, head to the annual Delta Snow Goose Festival later this month.

The application period for Utah's big game hunts is opening soon, so if you're interested in getting your own locally-harvested deer or elk meat this fall, be sure to take note of the dates.

February is the best time of the year to see one of America's most iconic birds.

Utahns often come across baby wildlife while recreating outdoors, but it is important not to pick them up or take them home.

The park has 2 teepees set up for rent from May - September.

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