Drought has been an ongoing event that's unfolded over multiple years across the West, and we've seen some of the worst of it here in Utah. A lot of people have asked me about how our deer herds are handling the current drought situation.
Have you ever heard of animals named creeping ancylid, sub-globose snake pyrg, button sprite or the sluice snaggletooth? What about the fatmucket, narrow pigtoe or gumboot chiton (aka wandering meatloaf)? These are all mollusks.
It is a scene any tried-and-true angler will find familiar: it's the night before a long-awaited fishing trip and I'm digging through an assortment of tackle boxes, organizing flies and lures, and wondering what offerings will work best. I consider my options and anticipate challenges. What fly should I start with, and what's my backup if plan A fails to produce fish? What critical equipment do I need to make sure to pack?
"You are successful." Those long-awaited words were so exciting to read last spring after 10 years of trying to draw a limited-entry buck deer permit in the Book Cliffs. I was in a group with my brother, Corey, and we were both going hunting!
One of the coolest things about the cutthroat trout conservation project was our extensive partnership. Everyone worked together toward a single, common goal: to conserve Utah's native trout. But we're not the only ones who are excited. Our project has thrilled anglers who love to catch native cutthroat trout in the Logan River drainage. To understand why they're so happy now, it helps to understand how far we've come.
If you've ever visited or hunted in Utah's Zion country, there's a good chance you've seen a California condor. If so, you know the excitement of seeing one of the world's largest and most endangered birds.