Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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Gambel's quail hunt starts soon

If you own a good pair of running shoes — or better yet, a trained hunting dog — hunting Gambel's quail in southwestern Utah might be a fun adventure this fall.

Pheasants released in new areas

If you head afield for pheasants this fall, you'll likely find fewer wild birds. The number of pheasants released by the Division of Wildlife Resources hasn't taken a dip, though: more than 10,000 birds will be released.

See mule deer up close in east-central Utah

November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to get close to mule deer without spooking them. Instead of worrying about people, mule deer bucks spend their energy breeding does or fighting other males.

Pheasant hunting tips

A rooster pheasant busting out of cover can send your heart racing. The powerful slap of its wings and the loud, excited call the bird makes can scramble your senses, making it difficult to shoulder your gun before the bird flies out of range.

2018 deer opener good in some areas

A little snow likely made a big difference during the opening weekend of Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt. In some areas, snow and colder temperatures pushed deer out of the high country and towards their lower elevation wintering areas.

Utah's most prized big game permits

You can submit your application for a 2019 sportsman permit starting Oct. 24. To be included in the draw for permits, your application must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 14. You can apply at wildlife.utah.gov or by calling the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office.

DWR proposes new hunts in 2019

You might have more chances to hunt bison and pronghorn in Utah in 2019. Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are also recommending new archery hunts that might reduce the number of deer coming into cities and towns in Utah County.

Illegal fish stocking at Kolob Reservoir

During the summer of 2018, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources found three illegally introduced fish species (yellow perch, bluegill sunfish, and green sunfish) in Kolob Reservoir in southern Utah.

Help fight poaching in Utah

Get a license plate number for the vehicle the suspect is driving, says Trevor Doman, a Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer in northern Utah.

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