Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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See and hear wild swans in Utah

Wild swans are winging their way through Utah. Both tundra swans and trumpeter swans, which are more rarely seen, stop in Utah's wetlands for critically needed rest and refueling during their annual spring migration. The migration takes the swans from wintering grounds in California to nesting sites in Canada and Alaska.

Watch the sky turn white

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings. You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 22 and 23 as the Delta Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Delta Snow Goose Festival.

Shed antler gathering course

Collecting antlers that fall off the heads of deer, elk and moose each winter is a popular pastime in Utah. Before you head out the door to collect shed antlers, though, you must complete the Division of Wildlife Resources' Antler Gathering Ethics course.

Apply to hunt big game

It might be the middle of winter, but it's time to apply for a permit to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall. To be included in the draw for permits, your application must be received no later than 11 p.m. on March 7.

Three openings on the Utah Wildlife Board

The group that has the final say about hunting, fishing and how wildlife is managed in Utah has three openings it needs to fill.

See bald eagles in 2019

February is the best time of the year to see one of the country's most iconic birds. Bald eagles fly to Utah in the winter to find food and escape colder conditions farther north. By the time February arrives, hundreds of eagles are in the state.

Greater sage-grouse conservation plan

Gov. Gary Herbert announced on Jan. 14, 2019 that Utah has an updated greater sage-grouse conservation plan. The plan will guide the management of greater sage-grouse in Utah for the next five years.

New bear hunts approved

Starting this season, hunters will have more chances to spot and stalk bears in Utah. At their meeting on Jan. 10, members of the Utah Wildlife Board — a panel of seven citizens appointed by the governor — approved changes that will guide black bear hunting in Utah for the next three years.

Plenty of room to ice fish at Flaming Gorge

Plenty of waters close to your home will provide great ice fishing this winter. Those waters might draw lots of anglers, though.

Get on the ice, have some fun

If you're looking for something fun to do with your family this winter, the nearest ice-covered water might be the answer. Ice fishing is easy to learn, it doesn't take much equipment, and anyone& — including kids& — can catch lots of fish.

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