Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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Wildlife Board approves more cougar hunting permits

Plenty of cougars mean additional chances to hunt the big cats in Utah. During an Aug. 30 meeting in Salt Lake City, members of the Utah Wildlife Board — a panel of seven citizens appointed by the governor — approved a slight increase in the number of cougars hunters can take during the state's upcoming season.

Kokanee salmon ready to put on a show

Trees aren't the only parts of Utah that turn a brilliant shade of red in the fall: so do kokanee salmon.

Fishing changes proposed for 2019 and 2020

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending changes that will affect anglers in Utah for the next two years.

Forest grouse hunt looks promising

It looks like mild conditions helped adult forest grouse in Utah last winter. And the same dry, mild conditions can help you as a hunter: finding areas that are greener than surrounding areas should put you on birds this year.

Lake Powell Quagga Mussel Infestation

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) personnel from the Utah Department of Natural Resources have stopped more than 120 mussel-infested boats this year, most of which had visited Lake Powell, from launching at other Utah waterbodies. So far in 2018, more than 100 mussel-infested boats have been quarantined. A significant increase compared to recent years.

Find water, use decoys

If you find a watering hole, the chance you'll take doves during Utah's upcoming dove hunt should go way up this year. Blair Stringham says bone dry conditions in the state make finding a watering hole more important than ever.

Get a free waterfowl guidebook

It's hot outside, but a chance to scan through Utah's latest waterfowl guidebook is a sure sign fall can't be too far away.

Get a bull elk hunting permit

If you want to hunt bull elk in Utah this fall, it's easy to get a permit to hunt during the general season. Just visit this website, a Division of Wildlife Resources office or your nearest Utah hunting license agent, and buy one.

Tips for a safe archery hunt

RaLynne Takeda, assistant Hunter Education coordinator for the DWR, says archery hunting doesn't involve firearms, but it does present two unique risks. "Every year," she says, "we receive reports of hunters falling from trees or jabbing themselves or other hunters while carrying arrows in their hands."

Find water, find the deer

If you have a permit to hunt during the general archery buck deer hunt, finding water should be your primary goal.

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