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Justin Shirley named new DWR Director

Utah Department of Natural Resources Director Brian Steed named Justin ("J") Shirley as the new director for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, effective Saturday, Aug. 21.

New native snail species discovered in northeastern Utah

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists recently made an exciting discovery during some surveys in the northeastern part of the state — they discovered a new native snail species that has never before been found in Utah.

See monarch butterflies up close at unique DWR event

The public is invited to attend an upcoming event that will help biologists learn more about the distribution and migration of monarch butterflies — and it's a great opportunity for you to get a closer look at these beautiful insects.

How to prevent injuries and prepare for a safe, successful archery hunt

The general-season buck deer archery hunt and the general spike and any-bull elk archery hunts are the first big game hunts of Utah's fall season, and they all begin Saturday, Aug. 21. If you will be archery hunting this fall, there are several ways you can prepare for the hunt and stay safe while out in the field.

How to take a hunter education class or enroll in the Trial Hunting Program in Utah

If you are interested in trying hunting for the first time this fall or winter, you'll need to look into either taking a hunter education class or participating in the Trial Hunting Program. If you've never taken hunter education, rest assured that it isn't too late; but don't put it off because classes fill up quickly!

See some of Utah's native reptiles and amphibians at unique DWR event

Summer is a great time to learn about wildlife species that have adapted to hot environments. Reptiles and amphibians are remarkable, often misunderstood creatures that thrive throughout Utah. If you want to learn more about these highly specialized species and see them up close, come to a first-of-its-kind Utah Division of Wildlife Resources event on Friday, Aug. 6.

2 great places to celebrate National Shooting Sports Month

August is National Shooting Sports Month, making it a great time to hit the shooting range. Whether you are a beginner who wants to shoot a bow or rifle for the first time or you're a seasoned hunter prepping for the fall hunts, the two Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shooting ranges offer something for everyone.

Quick links
Lee Kay and Cache Valley Shooting Centers
» Shooting centers
Wildlife Blog: Views from DWR employees
» Wildlife Blog
Report poachers — 1-800-662-3337
» Report poachers
Wildlife dates
» Important dates
Hunter, angler mobile app
Hunter Education: Sign up for classes
» Hunter education