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My first trip to a bear den

My first trip to a bear den

My adventure began about a year ago, in March 2010. I’d heard tales from previous years, and I knew the season for bear denning was upon us. For a small-town girl from Mississippi, this was a chance of a lifetime!


How I became a hunter

How I became a hunter

A little over a year ago, I admitted to my coworkers that even though I’d worked for the DWR for nearly 13 years, I had never taken Hunter Education. Then, I encouraged (guilt-tripped?) a handful of my colleagues into taking the class with me.


All I want for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas…

Now, I enjoy a good marmalade as much as the next person, but if you’re looking for a fun and unique gift, a Utah fishing license is just what you need. For only $26, you can give those special people on your list a fishing license.


Free fish, bobbers and fishing

Free fish, bobbers and fishing

Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things to do, but add free samples to the mix and now you’re talking! I know I’m not alone in my love of free samples or try-before-you-buy promotions, so I want to make sure you know about the…


Underwater paradise

Underwater paradise

During my undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi, I had the opportunity to participate in a study-abroad program in Belize. It was a month-long study of the coral reef ecosystem and the fishes near an island off the coastline.


Give the gift of fishing

Give the gift of fishing

Wouldn’t it be nice to give your loved ones and friends something they really wanted this year — something that would make them happier and more successful? You could hear those magical words, “that is just what I wanted!”


Fish in the forecast

Fish in the forecast

Walleye fishing has become more popular in Utah, and it’s easy to see why. These large fish can be tricky to catch, and they’re really tasty! When I want to fish for walleye, I usually head to Starvation Reservoir.


Big brother, bugs and squishy shoes

Big brother, bugs and squishy shoes

Remember your first fishing trip? Whether you were young or old, successful or skunked, that initial trip makes a lasting impression. And you never forget who took you. For me, it was my brother, Joe.


Fishing survey nets results

Fishing survey nets results

In December 2007, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation conducted an online survey of 3,000 people who had fished or boated within the past three years. If you are not a boater or angler, these results will surprise you!


The racing mule

The racing mule

Topper actually stood still and sniffed the air while I saddled him up and loaded gear on the pack horse. It took a little time to get things ready for the four-mile trip to the cabin. Although Topper stood very still and assessed his new surroundings, he looked a little nervous.


Top ten wildlife watching events

Top ten wildlife watching events

Whether it’s winter, summer or somewhere in between, there’s always something exciting to see in Utah. We hold a variety of Watchable Wildlife program events across the state throughout the year. Here’s a quick look at 10 of our most popular annual activities.


Night visitor

Night visitor

It happened again the other night: I fell asleep on the couch and woke up well after midnight. After turning off the TV, I wandered out to the frosty patio and looked around. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something large soar through the air across my backyard.