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The Amazing Trace: tracking the 1,000-mile journey of a Utah cougar

A cougar wearing a GPS collar around its neck I enjoy my time studying each species I work with, but none have challenged me quite like cougars. Every time we learn something new about cougar behavior or ecology, it only generates more questions about this species.

Go deep! What anglers should know about panfish reeled up from the depths

Chris Penne kneeling on the ice at Echo Reservoir, teaching a participant at an ice fishing clinic As a fishery manager, I'm always thinking of ways that I can make fishing better for Utah's anglers. One of my areas of interest over the past few years has been what we as anglers can do to help the survival rates of panfish caught and then released in deep water.

Uniting for shorebirds

An American avocet with its beak in the water, drinking; its reflection visible To put it simply, Great Salt Lake is one of the most important wetlands and lakes in the Intermountain West for migratory birds. The preliminary results of our last three shorebird surveys combined show that Great Salt Lake hosts about 47% of the entire Intermountain West's shorebird populations!

Learn to hunt: finding a mentor

Young hunter holding a harvested duck with a band around its leg Where do you start when you want to break through the actual or perceived barriers to becoming a safe, confident and successful hunter? Often, one of the biggest challenges for new hunters is finding someone to walk them through the process and pass on their field knowledge and skills. Fortunately, there are many resources available from the DWR and many local and national partner organizations.

Learn to hunt: shotguns

Female shooter with a shotgun at the Spanish Fork Gun Club outdoor shooting range Many beginner hunters start developing their skills in the field with upland game or waterfowl hunts, which have relatively long seasons in Utah and usually don't require expensive equipment to get started hunting effectively and safely. Here are some frequently asked questions about how to get started in the exciting and fun sport of shotgun shooting.

Utah Hunt Planner FAQ

Man sitting near Utah's red rocks, browsing the Utah Hunt Planner on his laptop We get a lot of questions from hunters asking for tips on which permits and units to apply for and how to find out more about their specific hunt units before they go into the field. Fortunately, the Utah Hunt Planner is a comprehensive tool that can help you prepare for hunts ranging from turkey, to waterfowl, to big game species all over the state.

Learn to hunt: archery

Woman with archery equipment and harvested buck deer Although you may not have an opportunity to hunt during the archery season this year, it's the perfect time to get started learning a new skill, and dedicate the time and energy it takes to become a proficient archery hunter.

Learn to fish: casting line and catching fish

Boy holding a fish caught at Gigliotti Pond Understanding a few basic techniques will help you be successful casting a line, figuring out if you have a fish on the hook, reeling it in and what to do once you've got a fish in your net.

Cutthroat trout Q&A: Answering your questions about cutthroat trout restoration in Utah

Angler holding a Bonneville cutthroat trout caught at Lost Creek Reservoir It's a complicated balance of fisheries science, public input and habitat conservation that we consider in order to provide both great angler opportunities and quality fisheries for generations to come. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about why we manage cutthroat trout in Utah and how we do it.

Learn to fish: lure and bait selection

Various multicolored soft fish baits in a box Why are there so many different types of flies, lures and bait? To help narrow down some choices that will help beginner anglers get started, we'll cover a few of the basics that usually work well for catching common Utah fish species.
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