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Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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2 great places to celebrate National Shooting Sports Month in August

August is National Shooting Sports Month, making it a great time to hit the shooting range. (Established ranges are also a safer option for wildfire prevention, especially if you're planning to target shoot with firearms during the current hot, dry conditions.) 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.

Visit the Uinta Mountains for a unique hummingbird banding event

As hummingbirds are migrating through Utah this summer, you've most likely witnessed a few eating at a feeder or visiting some other nectaring spot for a midday meal. If you want to see these incredible birds up close, you should consider attending an upcoming Utah Division of Wildlife Resources event in northeastern Utah.

DWR proposes increases in license and permit fees due to rising costs

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing a fee increase for hunting and fishing licenses and permits — for both residents and non-residents — in an effort to keep up with rising costs. The last substantive fee increase for resident licenses was in 2014, and the last fee increase for non-resident licenses was in 2020. The DWR is also proposing some other minor rule changes and is asking for the public's feedback on all the recommendations.

What to do if you find a bat in your house

Most Utahns probably associate bats with fall and the Halloween season, but you shouldn't be surprised if you find one in your home during the summer months. Utahns may see more bats this time of year because the baby bats (called pups) are learning to fly and leaving their roosts for the first time. Here's what you should know about bats in Utah and what to do if you encounter them.

DWR increases fishing limits at 6 waterbodies in Utah due to drought impacts, pond repairs

In anticipation of low water levels due to drought conditions and repair work that will require one waterbody to be drained, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources issued emergency changes to Utah's fishing regulations on Thursday. These changes will allow anglers to catch and keep more fish at six waterbodies around the state.

Tips to help you stay safe around bison when recreating outdoors

With summer in full swing, many Utahns are heading to the outdoors for recreation. While you are hiking or camping this year, particularly on Antelope Island, there are some important safety tips you should keep in mind if you encounter a bison.

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Lee Kay and Cache Valley Shooting Centers
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