In an effort to increase consistency and to allow for multiple land use, the Utah State Parks Board recently passed a new rule that allows for expanded hunting opportunities within state parks, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.
The Department of the Interior on Friday, Feb. 14, announced another round of $3.2 million in grant funding for 11 western states, bringing the department’s and other stakeholders’ support of big game species habitat conservation and scientific research for migration corridors and winter ranges to more than $22 million, said the department in an emailed statement.
After northern pike were placed in Utah Lake illegally, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has been asking anglers to catch and kill the invasive predators. But now there is one exception: Anglers who catch a northern pike with a red tag should report it to the DWR and then let the fish go, said DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley in an email.
The Great Salt Lake is known for its incredibly high salinity levels that allow people to float, but many might not be aware of its multi-million dollar brine shrimp industry and how the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources manages it to help balance a unique ecosystem, said DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley.
Collecting antlers that fall off the heads of deer, elk and moose each winter is a popular pastime in Utah. Before you head outdoors to collect shed antlers, though, you are required to complete the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ Antler Gathering Ethics course.
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.
If you’re itching to get on the ice to catch fish in northern Utah, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has some tips to share. Even if you plan on fishing in other parts of the state, these tips for catching rainbow trout, yellow perch and bluegill should help you put fish on the ice, no matter where you go fishing.
The Utah Wildlife Board approved an increase to the number of black bear permits for the 2020 hunting and pursuit seasons during a public meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 7. However, there will be restricted pursuit seasons in some areas of southeastern Utah.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers reported that 1,050 animals were illegally killed in Utah in 2019, a slight increase from the total number killed the year before, said DWR spokesperson Faith Jolley.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing a few changes to the number of black bear permits for the 2020 hunting and pursuit seasons and is requesting the public’s feedback on the proposals, according to spokesperson Faith Jolley.
The current statewide mule deer management plan is a five-year plan that was approved in 2014. Because it is due to expire in December, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing a new seven-year statewide plan, along with some other amendments to the hunt drawing process, and is requesting the public’s feedback on all the proposals, according to spokesperson Faith Jolley.