Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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Anglers saving fish at Steinaker

This summer and fall, Steinaker Reservoir north of Vernal will be reduced to a 'mud puddle' as important repairs are made to its dam. Any fish not caught and removed from the reservoir will likely be lost. To try to save as many bluegill as possible, the Division of Wildlife Resources needs your help. On June 7, 8 and 10, a bluegill 'salvage' event will be held.

Fish for free on June 9, 2018

If you'd like to introduce someone to fishing — or you'd like to give fishing a try, but you don't have a fishing license — mark June 9 on your calendar. June 9 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You don't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day.

Mussels spreading in Lake Powell

Quagga mussels are spreading in Lake Powell. By following a few simple steps, you can do much to make sure that doesn't happen anywhere else in Utah.

Enjoy solitude and family fishing on Memorial Day

If you're like a lot of Utahns, you're ready to get outside, enjoy some sunny weather and catch some fish. As you make plans for Memorial Day weekend, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have some "inside information" to share about fishing waters you might want to consider visiting.

Bear safety tips

You might be surprised to learn how simple it is to avoid a negative encounter with a black bear. If you remember two simple things — and then do those things in the outdoors — you'll greatly reduce the chance that a black bear visits your campsite or cabin area.

Still time to hunt turkeys in Utah

If you've been itching to hunt turkeys in Utah's backcountry this spring, but you haven't made it out yet, there's still time to buy a permit and head afield.

"I found a deer fawn. what should I do?"

If you hike in an area where deer live in Utah, don't be surprised if you come across a deer fawn, or maybe even an elk calf, in early summer. If you find a baby animal, what should you do?

Women's trap shooting clinic

Trap shooting is a fun way to become more familiar with guns while enjoying time with friends. It's also a sport enjoyed by many women throughout Utah. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host a free Women's Trap Shooting Clinic on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Green River. The clinic will include introductory hands-on tutorials on shotguns, as well as time at the shooting range.

Big game permits approved

Depending on which unit you applied for, you might have a better chance at drawing a permit to hunt big game in Utah this fall. At their meeting on April 26, members of the Utah Wildlife Board — a panel of seven citizens appointed by the governor — approved permit numbers for this fall's hunts.

Catch fish in solitude

If you're like many adults, some days feel like a whirlwind, and you need a break. Or, you're simply looking for something fun to do with your family after the soccer games on Saturday. You want to go fishing, but you know you can't devote an entire day to being outside.

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