Updated: February 8, 2016, 12:22 pm
On Dec. 18, 2015, the Utah Wildlife Board approved Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (SFW) as the organization to distribute future expo permits. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and SFW will negotiate a contract to distribute the permits for the 2017–2021 timeframe.
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Falling snow is good news for chukar hunters. Once snow starts to fall, chukars — which roam over a larger area during the warmer months — concentrate in smaller areas. That makes it easier to find the birds. Chukar partridge also they live in some of Utah's driest areas. That's another reason why they're a great bird to hunt in the winter.
Putting your bait or lure at the depth where the fish are is the key to catching fish through the ice. And using some simple devices that will help you know when you have a fish on the end of your line is a big help too.
This winter is not a good time to try to kill a mule deer illegally in Utah. Conservation officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources are conducting massive patrols on ranges on which deer congregate in the winter. They're conducting the patrols with one goal in mind: to protect Utah's mule deer from poachers.
If you enjoy hunting waterfowl in Utah, get ready for another 107-day season in 2016. During the season, which begins Oct. 1, the daily bag limit will be the same as this season: seven ducks and four dark geese. There are some changes, though.
Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy.
The Hardware Ranch Elk Festival will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at this year's Elk Festival. And, if you enjoy shooting muzzleloaders — and you can scoot across the snow on snowshoes — you can participate in a new biathlon this year.
Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state's turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring. And they have lots of reasons to be excited about next spring. The number of turkeys in Utah is growing. That means more permits and more chances to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in 2016.
Did you know that Utah is home to a thriving population of wild turkeys? Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says more than 25,000 turkeys live in Utah. "It's tough to get a solid estimate," he says, "but based on the number of male turkeys hunters took this past spring, we estimate the state's population at more than 25,000 birds."
You can place some additional equipment on your bow and muzzleloader in 2016. And a new elk plan should lead to some new cow elk hunting opportunities in Utah next fall. All of the rules the board approved for the 2016 big game seasons will be available.
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