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Episode 6: Inside a fish hatchery

In this episode, Brennan Hannifin, the DWR Springville Fish Hatchery Assistant Supervisor, explains all that goes into running a fish hatchery and why they are necessary. He also talks about the different species of fish that are raised in these state hatcheries and the different methods used to stock them around the state.

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Episode 5: Big game management

In this episode, DWR Regional Wildlife Manager Dax Mangus, Big Game Coordinator Covy Jones and Big Game Projects Coordinator Kent Hersey answer some common questions about how big game management works in Utah. They explain how big game hunting permit recommendations are made and how the DWR helps maintain healthy deer populations.

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Episode 4: Building guzzlers

In this episode, Pat Rainbolt, a regional habitat manager for DWR, talks about how the agency helps wildlife access water in dry areas that don't have a natural water source. This includes building "guzzlers," which collect rainwater and snow that melt and can be used as drinking water by a variety of species. Some of the areas where these are installed are so remote that the building materials have to be flown in via helicopter or brought in on horseback. This episode was originally recorded in June 2019.

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Episode 3: K9s at work

In this episode, Matt Burgess, a conservation officer for DWR, explains how poaching cases are investigated and some of the penalties for illegally killing wildlife in Utah. He also talks about his new K9 partner and how these highly-trained dogs can help assist in an investigation. This episode was originally recorded in June 2019.

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Episode 2: A wild goose chase

In this episode, Rich Hansen, waterfowl banding coordinator for DWR, explains why the division catches geese and other waterfowl around the state once a year and puts bands on them. He also talks about the process of catching them (spoiler: airboats are involved!) This episode was originally recorded in June 2019.

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