Wildlife is all around us, from the songbirds flitting around our backyards, to trout rising from a rushing river, to nimble mountain goats scrambling up Utah's highest peaks. As passionate stewards of our state's fish and wildlife, we work with community partners and outdoors enthusiasts to ensure our ever-changing landscape will support healthy fish and wildlife habitats for generations to come.
We are dedicated to keeping Utah's wildlife wild.
- Wildlife managers protecting habitats for the people we serve and the species we manage
- Biologists removing invasive plants to reduce the severity of wildfires
- Biologists replanting watersheds to provide healthy habitats for waterfowl and spawning fish
- Conservation partners restoring native plant species for deer and elk foraging and shelter
- Purchasers of land and easements to ensure public access for hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities — as well as providing a place for wintering wildlife
- Aquatics scientists fighting to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic mussels and keeping fish species disease-free
- Biologists supporting the recovery of native fish and wildlife species
- Geographic information specialists using cutting-edge technology and research to make data-based decisions that help wildlife
- Administrators strategically allocating fees from fishing and hunting licenses and permits to directly fund conservation efforts
- Hatchery personnel stocking fish for you to catch
- Hunters selectively harvesting to meet the objectives of healthy and thriving animal populations and funding conservation
- Conservation officers protecting our communities and tracking down poachers
From Utah's snow-capped mountain ranges to our spectacular red rock deserts, we are conserving fish and wildlife species and preserving crucial habitats every day. We are Team Wildlife.
What we do isn't possible without the support and engagement of Utah's outdoors adventurers like you. The majority of our funding comes from federal and state excise taxes on hunting and fishing gear, and from the DWR sales of fishing and hunting licenses and permits. Additionally, partnerships with conservation and outdoors groups provide crucial funding and form the backbone of our shared mission to preserve and protect wild spaces and species.
Your voice and participation in ensuring wildlife stays wild plays an important role in our decision-making process, from deciding what kinds of fish are stocked at your local community pond, to the state-wide conservation priorities voted on by our legislators.
Fishing & fisheries management
- Winter fun at Steinaker, Starvation and Flaming Gorge reservoirs
- DWR stocks more than 8.2 million fish throughout Utah in 2022
- An East Canyon excursion
- Utah Cutthroat Slam reaches 1,000 completions, announces new medallions
- Fishing and fun in central Utah
- DWR proposes classifying roundtail chub as a sportfish, other changes to fishing regulations
- How Utah's fish hatcheries adapt to drought
- DWR increases fishing limits at 6 waterbodies in Utah due to drought impacts, pond repairs
- A scenic Scofield getaway
- Panguitch Lake break
- Where to go fishing this spring for family-friendly opportunities or to catch large fish
- Forward-thinking fisheries
- DWR again making proactive fish stocking changes to minimize drought impacts
- Quiz: How do we manage Utah's fisheries?
- The strategy and science behind fish stocking
- Wildlife/Waterfowl Management Areas (WMAs)
- Habitat Council
- 14 people cited for trespassing on wildlife and waterfowl management areas in northern Utah during seasonal closure
- DWR closes East Fork Little Bear WMA to camping
- Citations issued for camping, illegal target shooting on the Millville-Providence WMA
- Target shooting with a firearm temporarily banned on 25 Utah wildlife management areas due to wildfire concerns
- Millard County partners with DWR to prevent potential flooding, debris flows after wildfire
- Quiz: How much do you know about Utah's wildlife management areas?
- DWR reminds of new rule after increase in illegal e-bikes ruining habitat on wildlife, waterfowl management areas
- Over 164K acres improved through Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative habitat projects in 2021–22
Hunting & wildlife management
- Endangered Species Mitigation Fund
- Profile: Why I'm a Hunter — Igor Limansky
- Endangered Species Day: How the DWR is helping native wildlife species in Utah
- Profile: Why I'm a Hunter — Aubrey Tuttle
- Profile: Why I'm a Hunter — Luke Simon
- Profile: Why I'm a Hunter — Melissa Early
- Quiz: How much do you know about big game management in Utah?
- The Amazing Trace: tracking sandhill cranes in Utah
- Quiz: New to hunting? Here's how to get started.
- Profile: Why I'm a Hunter — Bronx Withers
- Quiz: How much do you know about pheasant hunting in Utah?
- Become a conservation officer
- Report wildlife crimes
- Quiz: How much do you know about Utah's conservation officers?
- DWR launches first drone law enforcement team
- 319 wildlife illegally killed since Aug. 1; Here's how to help fight poaching in Utah
- 1,283 wildlife illegally killed in Utah in 2022
- 3 recent cases where DWR K-9 officers made the difference
- 9 cases of illegally killed 'trophy' deer and elk currently being prosecuted