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The practice of stocking fish in the Beehive State goes back more than a century, as fish were first formally stocked in Utah in 1871

In Utah, many wetlands have changes in their hydroperiod driven by irrigation practices, with reduced water levels in the summer due to nearby groundwater pumping

Beginning January 1, 2021, Utah State Parks will be increasing the annual pass price from $75 to $100 for Utah residents; and from $35 to $50 for senior Utah residents who are 65 years-of-age and older.

Winter and early spring are the toughest and most critical times of the year for big game animals, especially deer.

Along with ice fishing, Utah also offers several hunts during the winter months. Hunts for cottontail rabbit, chukar partridge and snowshoe hare run through most of the winter.

To be included in the permit drawing, you must submit your application before 11 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Utah's growing population and expanding developments have increased the number of wildlife encounters across the state in recent years.

"This summer, we saw outdoor recreation welcome many new users, and we expect that same trend to carry into the winter," said Pitt Grewe, director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Utah's general pheasant hunting season runs from Nov. 7 to Dec. 6. The number of pheasants and where they can be found will depend on where you are hunting in Utah.

In recent years, the general-season any-bull elk permits have been limited to 15,000 statewide.

During the fall and winter months, there is an increase in wildlife along the roadways, primarily due to big game animals migrating to lower elevations in search of feed

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.

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