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Utah’s Serengeti

Utah’s Serengeti

I consider this a natural treasure that we can’t give up. It’s essential that we keep the Tabby Block protected in public hands…

Becoming a hunter

Becoming a hunter

Regulated, responsible hunting is the driving force that maintains abundant wildlife. And I made the decision: I want to be part of that. But I don’t just want to tell the stories. I want to make my own.

Living life to the fullest

Living life to the fullest

The hunter that I grew up watching on videos, and the editor and author of Bowhunter magazine that my dad read religiously for years, was the friend that was going to be hunting the Book Cliffs this year with my dad and brother.

Rabbits over reindeer on Christmas Eve

Rabbits over reindeer on Christmas Eve

I do not consider myself to be a traditional hunter. I’m still the only one in my family to ever hunt, and I learned to shoot a gun in my first job out of undergrad as a wildlife technician. Since then, I have used firearms to euthanize a variety of species including deer, wild pig, […]

Lessons learned

Lessons learned

He’s brought me to see the marsh we’ll hunt in just a few short days, and I’m under a spell. The magic of wetlands and waterfowl sunk into my soul that day, and it’s never let go.

Stopping time

Stopping time

My shaking hands quickly worked another arrow out of my quiver and adjusted my sight pin. I waited for things (mostly myself) to calm down until the buck turned broadside again, about five yards in front of where he stood before.

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.

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.

Big game archery hunting: worth a shot

Big game archery hunting: worth a shot

One of the best things about Utah is that about 70 percent of it is public land. It’s not difficult to get away from other hunters during archery season. I like to do research, look at maps and hike the mountains within my hunting unit before the season. I also use trail cameras and a block of salt (which are both legal to use).

Top 5 reasons to hunt upland game in Utah

Top 5 reasons to hunt upland game in Utah

No matter where you live in Utah, there’s upland game nearby. You can hunt in the Mojave Desert for quail, the alpine habitats of the Uinta Mountains for ptarmigan, the agriculture fields for pheasants, the beautiful yellow and red grandeur of the Wasatch Front for ruffed grouse. Diversity is the spice of life.

Hunting ethics

Hunting ethics

Either hunter could have legally shot at the bird but both declined. I was impressed with the good judgment and courtesy the father and son team exhibited even though they had no idea I was watching.