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Collect leg bands, coins while hunting

If you enjoy hunting waterfowl or upland game in Utah, you can add something fun to your hunt while helping the birds and animals you pursue. This fall, the Division of Wildlife Resources is offering nine Waterfowl Slams and seven Upland Game Slams.

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Now accepting expo applications

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) issued a request for proposals (RFP) to distribute Utah hunting permits at annual wildlife expositions starting in 2017.

Conservation groups that are interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to submit their response as directed by the Utah Division of Purchasing and General Services by November 24, 2015.

Responses will be reviewed by a five-person evaluation committee that includes representatives from the Utah Division of Purchasing and General Services, the Utah Department of Technology Services, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Office of Governor Gary R. Herbert.

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • The viability and strength of the organization's business plan for conducting a quality event that attracts more than 10,000 people and promotes hunting, fishing and trapping in Utah
  • The ability to effectively plan and complete the wildlife expo, including past performance in marketing conservation permits
  • The ability to organize and conduct the permit drawing in a manner that is fair and ensures data security
  • The organization's level of commitment to use expo permit handling fee revenue to benefit protected wildlife in Utah
  • Their past performance and historical contributions to the conservation of wildlife in Utah

The highest scoring application will be presented to the Utah Wildlife Board for approval.

"We work with tremendous conservation groups," said Greg Sheehan, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "We've partnered with them for years and, in some cases, for decades. Our state wouldn't have the abundance or quality of wildlife it has if it wasn't for these groups and their willingness to partner with us. Everyone in Utah benefits from the work these groups do."


Hunt preview: find water, find deer

If conditions don't change, finding water will be critical to finding deer when Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — starts Oct. 17. Fortunately for hunters, there are plenty of deer to locate. Utah's herds have plenty of bucks. And the overall number of deer in the state is the highest it's been since the early 1990s.

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Tips for the rifle buck deer hunt

Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — begins Oct. 17. If you're one of the lucky hunters who has a permit for the hunt, getting prepared now — by gathering materials and gaining knowledge — is the key to a safe and successful experience.

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Duck numbers high, lake level low

The number of ducks counted on North American breeding grounds this past spring was the highest in 60 years. That's great news for Utah's hunters: it means more ducks than ever will migrate though Utah this fall.

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Kokanee salmon fishing change

If you enjoy fishing for kokanee salmon in Utah, a change in 2016 will make it easier to know when you can and can't keep salmon, no matter which water you're fishing in the state. The change will also protect salmon that spawn early in the fall and those that spawn later.

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Distributing future expo permits

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Wildlife Board will soon select a conservation organization to distribute up to 200 hunting permits at a Utah-based expo.

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Youth get first crack at pheasants

Utah will host its annual youth pheasant and quail hunt on Oct. 10, 11 or 12. This might be the best time this fall to take a young person pheasant or quail hunting. Because those who are 17 years of age or younger will have Utah's pheasants and quail all to themselves.

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Chukar numbers the best in 17 years

During a recent helicopter survey over central Tooele County, wildlife biologists saw something they've seen only twice in 20 years: more than 100 chukar partridge per square mile. The previous high, 117 chukars per square mile, was seen in 1998.

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You're the key to fighting poaching

You might not realize it, but your eyes and ears are the key to fighting poaching in Utah. Division of Wildlife Resources Captain Mitch Lane says DWR conservation officers catch plenty of wildlife violators on their own. But the officers are spread thin. That's where you come in.

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