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Fishing adventures and cutthroat conservation

Fishing adventures and cutthroat conservation

Another project that will be completed using Cutthroat Trout Slam funds involves removal of the Porter Fork weir, which is a fish barrier in Mill Creek Canyon. Revenue from the Cutthroat Slam will be combined with grant money from the National Forest Foundation to remove the weir.

Transforming desert landscapes

Transforming desert landscapes

This stream now boasts >600 fish per mile and has several fish growing over the 18-inch mark. Due to the lack of fishing pressure, or what I call “education,” these fish will take about anything.

Elk hit. Elk down.

Elk hit. Elk down.

Wow. Holy smokes. I was almost having an out-of-body experience. I couldn’t quite understand this as I walked up to this huge and beautiful creature. To be able to hike around the same places the elk frequent and learn so much about them and their environment was an amazing experience. I love the mountains.

The one that got away

The one that got away

When conditions are right, cats can cease to be flesh-and-blood animals and become an ethereal, ghosting presence on the land.

A lifelong passion for native cutthroat trout

A lifelong passion for native cutthroat trout

It’s been great to talk with anglers on where to catch the four cutthroat trout subspecies and it is even more rewarding when they follow up with me once they’ve completed the slam. For the most part, everyone has truly enjoyed completing the slam and they feel that the challenge makes the reward that much more enjoyable.

Fish are hungry, active and concentrated

Fish are hungry, active and concentrated

Many fish lose weight during the winter months and when ice off occurs, they’re hungry and eager to put the lost weight back on. What this means for anglers is that during ice off, fish are hungry, active, concentrated and willing to take almost anything you throw.

Anglers: please keep small lake trout at Flaming Gorge

Anglers: please keep small lake trout at Flaming Gorge

Last spring, annual netting revealed an 89 percent increase in the number of lake trout that measured less than 25 inches. Biologists also aged over a hundred lake trout of varying sizes, and it was immediately clear that they are growing much slower than they did back in the 1980s and 90s.

10 gift ideas for anglers

10 gift ideas for anglers

ARE YOU IN search of Christmas gifts for your favorite angler? We can help! We asked a whole bunch of avid anglers around here what they could never have enough of, and these are the top picks.

So you want to be a wildlife biologist?

So you want to be a wildlife biologist?

Many DWR biologists (including me!) started off as university students working on projects funded by the DWR, and that led them to a career with the agency. It’s a great path if you are truly serious about becoming a professional biologist.

Getting back to the basics

Getting back to the basics

I instinctively pulled up my shotgun and fired a very quick shot, almost like I would on a flying grouse. The recoil on turkey guns it quite powerful and it took me off the turkey for just a split second. Then more than 30 turkeys erupted from the junipers. Chaos and beauty at the same time.

National Bison Day means more in Utah

National Bison Day means more in Utah

It was a cool November morning, and the mountain peaks pierced the low-hanging clouds, like pillars supporting a gray ceiling over the floor of the San Rafael Desert. The bison were there, and we approached in quiet excitement. We watched and listened as five bulls left their pinyon juniper loft and crashed their way through…

Ptarmigan genetics in the Uintas and beyond

Ptarmigan genetics in the Uintas and beyond

Although ptarmigan were not confirmed to be present in the Uintas prior to the 1976 release, additional reports of ptarmigan in the Uintas from before they were released has called into question whether or not Utah’s ptarmigan population is entirely introduced.