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Two of Utah's best shooting centers

The first time I visited the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, I was just expecting to do some recreational shooting and relieve some of the stress. It was 1996, and I was a busy college student that had moved my young family to Logan so that I could pursue a fisheries and wildlife degree at Utah State University.

A busy time of year

Most of the major 2018 general-season big game hunts are winding down now, but officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources continue to work tirelessly to protect the investment of Utah sportsmen by enforcing state wildlife law. Here's a snapshot of what law enforcement staff accomplished between September 1 and October 31.

Stopping time

There are few moments in life that seem to last as long as the minutes you spend waiting to go after an animal you've just shot with an arrow. In that small eternity, you think about everything leading to that moment — the weeks of backyard archery training; time spent memorizing roads, terrain and boundaries; miles hiked in silence; and a continuous replay of your arrow flying away from you. A year's worth of emotion packed into a few quiet minutes.

Living relics

One thousand years ago, a Fremont Native American stood precariously on a precipice of sandstone and dangling shrubs. Though remote and inhospitable, this was a regular destination for him, a place of relative safety and perspective.

Relocating commotion-causing beavers

Many Utahns have experience with beavers. Unfortunately, much of that experience is less than desirable: beavers plugging up culverts, chewing down trees and flooding parking lots.

The paths of pelicans

In 2014, the DWR began efforts to place transmitters on American white pelicans. This was the culmination of ongoing cooperative efforts between numerous partners, including U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, the DNR's Endangered Species Mitigation Fund, the Salt Lake International Airport and the Tracy Aviary Conservation Science Fund.

Utah's famous desert hole-digger

Deseret tortoise

The Division of Wildlife Resources's Desert Tortoise Adoption Program exists so that families and individuals can adopt captive desert tortoises, allowing legal possession of an extremely special, protected species.

Catch-and-kill orders for northern pike in Utah Lake

June sucker

There's a new predator in town — a fish so powerful, it could spell doom for many of the species that currently inhabit Utah Lake. The predator I am referring to is the northern pike.

Fishing adventures and cutthroat conservation

Slam coin

The Utah Cutthroat Slam has generated a lot of excitement for anglers since its 2016 introduction. The Slam challenges anglers to catch four different subspecies of native cutthroat trout within the state in designated waters of these trout.

Transforming desert landscapes

Most Utah stream and trout anglers seek to satisfy their fishing itch on summer weekends by driving to some picturesque little mountain lake or stream shaded by large conifers and aspen. Or perhaps you are utilizing one of Utah's several popular large tailwater trout fisheries.

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