Updates on Utah's wildlife from the DWR

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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.

Good ice fishing that's close to home

If you're like most folks, work and family commitments take up lots of your time. But that doesn't mean you can't break away for some quick ice fishing trips this winter. Utah is dotted with great ice fishing opportunities that aren't too far from your home.

2018 forest grouse hunt isn't over yet

December can be a great month to hunt forest grouse in Utah. As the state's big game hunts wind down, upland game hunters have more of the mountains to themselves. For forest grouse hunters, that means more time in higher elevations during the last month of the hunt.

Wildlife Board deals with urban deer

More chances to hunt bison and pronghorn will be available in Utah in 2019. New archery hunts — that should help reduce the number of deer coming into cities and towns in Utah County — will also be held.

Apply for a turkey hunting permit

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state's turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring. Applications for spring 2019 limited-entry turkey hunting permits are being accepted at wildlife.utah.gov.

Have fun, see wild elk

Another chance to ride a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon through the middle of hundreds of wild elk is almost here. To celebrate the start of another elk-viewing season, staff at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area will hold the ranch's annual Elk Festival on Dec. 8. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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