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Each week the DWR publishes interesting and informative stories about Utah's wildlife. If you want these stories delivered to your inbox just as soon as we publish them, please sign up for our weekly email.

What to know when ice fishing this winter

While skiing and snowboarding are often what first comes to mind when people think of outdoor recreation during the winter, ice fishing is another great activity for the coldest months of the year. If you are planning to go ice fishing this winter, here are a few things you should know.

DWR stocks more than 10 million fish throughout Utah in 2023

In an effort to enhance fishing and boost native fish populations, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocks a variety of fish species throughout Utah every year, and in 2023, over 10 million fish were stocked into waterbodies across the state.

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in deer for first time in Payson

Chronic wasting disease was first detected in mule deer in Utah in 2002 in northeastern Utah, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently confirmed it has now spread to deer in the Payson area of Utah County, as well.

Utah Wildlife Board approves changes to weapon technology use, mandatory harvest reporting for general-season deer and elk hunts and other items

During a public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Utah Wildlife Board approved several changes to big game hunting that will go into effect in 2024. Some of the changes affect the weapon technology allowed for various hunts, as well as requiring mandatory harvest reporting for general-season deer and elk hunts.

When to report a wildlife sighting or encounter to the DWR

Utah's growing population and related urban expansion have increased the number of wildlife encounters across the state in recent years. However, not every encounter or animal sighting needs to be reported to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

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