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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.

Learn to fish: planning ahead for success

Man with a fishing pole, casting a line in a pond, under a cloudy sky with a rainbow There's no wrong way to plan for a fishing trip, but there are lots of good ways to get started. Some anglers collect the most basic information and then head out to explore. Others like to spend a significant amount of time researching their trip to determine the best location, prime species, popular lures, etc. Let's cover some basic tools to help you plan your fishing trip.

Ask a herpetologist

Small, light-colored zebra-tailed lizard perched on a rock With so many of Utah's reptiles and amphibians becoming active in the spring and summer, our native herpetology coordinator answers a few general questions about these animals, and shares some best practices for how to interact with them.

Why high water shouldn't mean low expectations

Angler in a small boat casting a fishing line into the water Variations in our snowpack lead to fluctuations in water levels in our reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams, which in turn impact the quality of fishing. Here's a summary of how we anticipate water levels — both high and low — impact fishing in Utah in the coming months and beyond.

The Amazing Trace: the epic adventures of Utah's elusive boreal toads

Two boreal toads, one large and one small, held in someone's hands Although boreal toads are widespread throughout the western United States and Canada, both the number and distribution have declined in recent decades. In an effort to combat this decline, the Utah Division of Wildlife releases captive-raised boreal toads to help bolster local populations.

Learn to fish: basic equipment

Assortment of fishing equipment, including a rod, reel and lures For many anglers, selecting, organizing and using fishing gear is almost as fun and interesting as actually catching fish! But for beginners, it may feel hard to know where to start and what to buy.
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