Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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Young hunters get first crack at pheasants

Oct. 13, 14 or 15 might be the best time this fall to take a young person pheasant or quail hunting in Utah. The state will host its annual youth pheasant and quail hunt on those days.

Time to hit 'restart' at Pelican Lake

The time has finally arrived to make positive changes at Pelican Lake: on Oct. 10 and 11, the Division of Wildlife Resources and its partners will release rotenone into the lake. The rotenone treatment will remove common carp. Removing the carp will improve water clarity and start the process of restoring the fishery.

Use corn for bait

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, you can use corn as bait at any fishing water in Utah. You can also keep more lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, enjoy a two-day possession limit statewide, and have a better chance at catching big channel catfish at Cutler Reservoir.

Plenty of water, better habitat

If you enjoy hunting ducks in Utah, you might be wondering if there will be enough water to put your duck decoys on this fall.

Duck hunting tips

If you're new to duck hunting, you might be a bit overwhelmed by the amount of gear some hunters have. While airboats can put you in prime, faraway hunting spots — and retrievers are trusty companions that can find birds in tough cover — a lack of those things doesn't mean you can't find success.

Fewer chukars this year

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have been able to fly only one chukar partridge survey this fall, but results of that survey — coupled with observations they've made in the field — indicate the number of chukars is down this year.

Chukar partridge hunting tips

If you're in good physical shape, and you're looking for a hunt that will put you in quiet places in pursuit of a unique, tasty bird, chukar partridge hunting might be the ticket.

Learn How to Fly Fish at Free Clinic

If you're a fly fishing beginner — or you've never tried it before — the Division of Wildlife Resources is holding a free clinic you won't want to miss.

One of the best times to fish

There are many reasons why fall is a prime time to fish in Utah. Fewer anglers — and fewer recreational boaters — top the list.

Show your license, shoot for free

If you have a current Utah hunting, fishing or combination license, you can visit either of the Division of Wildlife Resources public shooting ranges on Sept. 22 and shoot for free. The only exception are the trap and skeet ranges at the facilities, where shooting will be half price.

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