Wildlife News

Have fun, see wild elk

You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at this year's Elk Festival. The festival will be held at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, Dec. 10. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Except for a fee to ride a horse-dawn sleigh through the meadow, all of the festival activities are free.

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Wild turkeys doing well in Utah

Did you know that Utah is home to a thriving population of wild turkeys? And that Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to get out and see them in the wild? ason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says Utah has a large population of wild turkeys.

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Pheasants still being released

Plenty of days are still available to hunt pheasants in Utah. And thousands of birds are still being released. Utah's pheasant hunt runs until Dec. 4 on state and federal land across Utah. And private land enrolled in the state's Walk-In Access program will also remain open to pheasant hunting until Dec. 4.

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Swans are flying into the marshes

Tundra swans are flying into northern Utah right now. And thousands more are on their way. During a Nov. 1 survey flown over marshes on the northeastern shore of Great Salt Lake, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources spotted more than 4,700 swans.

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Big bucks, clear skies

Warm, sunny weather didn't stop hunters from taking an impressive number of buck mule deer over the opening weekend of Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt. And many of the bucks were big, mature deer.

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Get a good look at mule deer

November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to get close to mule deer without spooking them. Instead of worrying about humans, mule deer bucks spend their energy breeding or fighting other males. To take advantage of this time of year, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Saturday, Nov. 19.

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10,000 pheasants to be released

If it's been years since you hunted pheasants, it's time to grab your gun and head afield. More than 10,000 pheasants will be released on 56 public hunting areas during Utah's upcoming pheasant hunt.

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DWR recommends new hunts

As the number of big game animals in Utah increases, so do possibilities for sportsmen and sportswomen in the state. Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending several new big game opportunities for 2017.

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Report hunting violations

With most of Utah's hunting seasons in full swing, wildlife officers are asking hunters and anglers — and others who are in the outdoors too — to watch for illegal hunting activities. That includes hunters shooting animals but not retrieving them, shooting that occurs after dark or any activity that seems suspicious.

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Cancelled - Bighorn Sheep Watch

The 2016 Bighorn Sheep Watch event in Green River has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you'll join us for next year's planned event.

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