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Free waterfowl hunting clinics

Learn how to hunt ducks and geese

If you're new to duck and goose hunting — or you've never hunted ducks and geese before — an upcoming series of hunting fairs, seminars and clinics are something you won't want to miss.

You can can learn how to hunt Canada geese and other waterfowl at free hunting clinics.

You can can learn how to hunt Canada geese and other waterfowl at free hunting clinics.

Photo by Keith Fullenkamp

The events are free.

Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says all duck and goose hunters, including experienced hunters, are invited to attend. "But the training is aimed mostly at those who are just getting started or who have never hunted ducks or geese before," he says. "Each training will cover the basics."

The following are among the things you'll learn:

  • How to identify different species of ducks
  • How to lure ducks and geese by placing decoys and calling
  • Shotgun shooting basics
  • Duck and goose behavior, including the best times and conditions to hunt
  • Some of the best places in Utah to hunt ducks and geese

Stringham says the free training will be offered in a variety of settings, from one-night seminars to a Waterfowl University that runs for four nights. Here's the schedule:

NORTHERN UTAH

Sept. 6

Waterfowl Basics

The event will be held from noon–3 p.m. in the Refuge Education Center at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. The center is at 2155 W. Forest Street in Brigham City, one block west of I-15 at Exit 363. Call 435-723-5887, or visit the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge website for more information.

Sept. 13

Utah Youth Waterfowl and Outdoor Festival

The festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, 1325 W. Glover Lane in Farmington. In addition to learning more about waterfowl hunting, you can also take an airboat ride! Call 801-476-2740 for more information. You can also visit the website.

NORTH-CENTRAL UTAH

Sept. 9, 10, 16 and 17

Waterfowl University

This four-evening event is for young hunters ages 12 to 17. It will be held at Cabela's in Lehi. It runs from 5–7 p.m. each evening. Those who attend will receive a free duck call. To register, or for more information, call 801-766-2500.

Sept. 17

Waterfowl Hunting Clinic

The DWR will host the clinic at its Salt Lake City office, 1594 W. North Temple. It runs from 7–9 p.m. Presenters include DWR biologists and some of the best waterfowl hunters in Utah. At the end of the clinic, a drawing for free prizes will be held. For more information, call Jeff Bringhurst at 801-244-4582.

NORTH-EASTERN UTAH

Sept. 13

Waterfowl and Upland Game Hunting Clinic

The clinic will be held on the southwest side of Pelican Lake, near the main boat ramp. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to learning about waterfowl and upland game hunting, those 15 years of age and younger can sign up for a guided youth waterfowl hunt. Pelican Lake is southwest of Vernal. Call 435-781-9453 for more information.

SOUTH-EASTERN UTAH

Sept. 6

Waterfowl Hunting Clinic

The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Desert Lake Waterfowl Management Area. No limit on the number of people who can attend. Door prizes will be given away. The Desert Lake WMA is east of Elmo. To get to Desert Lake from Price, travel south on state Route 10. Turn left at the Cleveland turn-off, and follow the yellow signs. From Huntington or Castle Dale, drive north on Route 10. Turn right at the Cleveland turn-off, and follow the signs. Call 801-613-3700 for more information.

SOUTH-CENTRAL UTAH

Sept. 13

Waterfowl Hunting Clinic

The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Redmond Lake in Salina. In addition to the training, door prizes and raffle prizes will be given away. And a free lunch will be provided. To register for the event, call Heather Talley with the DWR at 435-868-8756.

Stringham says Barrett's Food Town and Fresh Market, Cabela's, Camp Chef, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Fowl Minded, the Utah Waterfowl Association and Zink Calls are among those the DWR has teamed with to offer the free training.

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