Wildlife News

Scaled quail released in Utah

Forty quail in southeastern Utah recently welcomed 200 new friends. On Oct. 3 and Oct. 8, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) released 200 scaled quail in San Juan County.

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DWR to hold administrative checkpoint

On September 1, 2014, concerned citizens reported two dead fawn deer to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. An investigation at the scene revealed that both fawns had been shot and left to waste.

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Number of bucks as good as last fall

As the start of Utah's most popular hunt — the rifle buck deer hunt — draws closer, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have good news to share: in almost every area of the state, the number of buck deer will be similar to, or better, than it was last fall.

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Tips for rifle buck deer hunt

Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — begins Oct. 18. 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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Apply for a cougar hunting permit

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in soon. Applications for hunting permits will be accepted until 11 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2014.

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Encouraging anglers to keep fish

To encourage anglers to keep more fish, the Wildlife Board recently approved several rule changes for the 2015 season. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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Buy elk-control permit, take a cow elk

The number of hunt units in Utah, on which you can take a cow elk while you're hunting for an animal with antlers, keeps climbing. This fall, wildlife biologists have identified 12 areas in Utah where more cow elk need to be taken.

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Fewer condors exposed to lead

How do you save an endangered California condor? Provide it with a clean and healthy food source. That's exactly what hunters in Utah and Arizona have been trying to do over the past few years. And it looks like their voluntary efforts might be paying off.

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Duck, goose & swan hunt starts Oct. 4

Utah's general waterfowl hunt starts at 6:58 a.m. on Oct. 4, 2014. The number of Canada geese produced in Utah is the second highest in the past 10 years. And duck hunters can expect plenty of birds to migrate through the state.

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Youth get first crack at pheasants

Oct. 11, 12 or 13 might be the best time this fall to take a young person pheasant or quail hunting in Utah. The state will host its annual youth pheasant and quail hunt on those days. Those who are 17 years of age or younger will have Utah's pheasants and quail all to themselves.

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