Hunters who missed the application period for general-season bull elk and general-season buck deer permits and are still interested in hunting deer or elk this fall, the last chance to buy a permit begins this week, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
Although they recently finished training, two new Utah Division of Wildlife Resources K9 conservation officers are already hard at work. Last weekend, the officers successfully assisted other agencies with searches and also caught people illegally fishing, according to DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley.
Qualifying to hunt most bird species in Utah is simple: buy a combination or small game license and head afield. However, some bird species also require a special permit in addition to a hunting license, including band-tailed pigeon, tundra swan, sharp-tailed grouse, greater sage grouse, white-tailed ptarmigan, sandhill crane and turkey. According to a press release from the Division of Wildlife Resrouces, the permits for band-tailed pigeon and white-tailed ptarmigan are available for free starting July 30 on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website or from any license agent. The permits for greater sage grouse, sandhill crane, swan and sharp-tailed grouse are available through the Utah hunt drawing. Individuals can apply for those permits until July 18.
Many lakes and ponds throughout Utah are not yet open to fishing due to the heavy snowfall that occurred last winter. But here are a few that are:
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt June 5 announced a proposal for new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service across more than 1.4 million acres.
The Utah Wildlife Board last week approved new wild turkey transplant sites for the next five years. There are between 25,000-35,000 wild turkeys in Utah, and part of the current management plan includes improving hunting opportunities and decreasing human/turkey conflicts, which sometimes necessitates turkeys being trapped and relocated, according to a statement from the board.
If putting locally sourced, nutritious meat on the table while enjoying time in Utah’s outdoors sounds good to you, take note that the application period for antlerless big game permits open soon, said Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Jolley in an email.
Free Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, June 8. This day the State of Utah allows anyone to fish at any public body of water without a license.