UTAH HUNTING

Waterfowl hunting

2017 waterfowl hunt opener conditions

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Marsh conditions: The refuge reports good water levels for viewing water birds in most of the public-use units. Unit 2D, at the center of Auto Tour Route, is full and at target. Hunt units 3B, 2B and 1A also have good water and high numbers of waterfowl. Unit 9 and the northern portion of Duckville Units — including 3A and 3K — are still dry. Hunt Units 3I and 3J are filling. The water levels should be good in all units by the Youth Hunt and Waterfowl Opener.

Bird use: Biologist Howard Browers has seen a tremendous number of ducks and shorebirds this year.

General information: The Refuge gate opens at 5:25 a.m. on October 1. You can read updated water conditions at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge website under "Hunting" and then "Water Conditions".

The James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center is located at 2155 W. Forest ST in Brigham City, one block west of I-15 at Exit 363. The center has interactive exhibits, wetland dioramas and two miles of outdoor trails. It's open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The free auto tour loop is open from sunrise to sunset every day.

For more information, visit the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge website, call 435-723-5887 or follow the refuge on Facebook or Twitter