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Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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Want to hunt big game in Utah this fall? The application period opens Jan. 28

The application period for Utah's big game hunts opens on Jan. 28 and runs until 11 p.m. on March 4. To be included in the drawing for the hunts, you can apply on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website or over the phone by calling the nearest DWR regional office.

Vital habitat acquired to protect desert tortoise

Almost 53 acres of private property in southwestern Utah — vital habitat for the Mojave desert tortoise — were acquired recently through the combined efforts of several agencies and organizations.

1,079 wildlife illegally killed in Utah in 2020

The total number of wild animals taken illegally in Utah in 2020 was slightly higher than the number taken in 2019, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers report.

7 wildlife management areas will close Jan. 1

To help protect big game animals, especially deer, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources annually closes seven wildlife management areas in northern Utah.

10 new Utah fishing records set in 2020

Anyone who goes fishing knows how thrilling it is to catch a fish, especially if it is a large, potentially record-breaking one.

Lee Kay and Cache Valley Shooting Centers
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Wildlife Blog: Views from DWR employees
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Report poachers — 1-800-662-3337
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Wildlife dates
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Hunter, angler app
Hunter Education: Sign up for classes
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Download Utah wildlife photos
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