SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State wildlife biologists are again proposing a ban on the use of trail cameras in hunting a few months after they pulled the proposal to further survey hunters after some initial backlash.

There is an ongoing disagreement among outdoor enthusiast about how many wild horses should be able to roam western public lands. In Utah this argument is often loud and leads to litigation. These discrepancies boil down to how each person weights the value of horses, cattle, wildlife, econo…

WEITCHPEC, Calif. (AP) — Elizabeth Azzuz stood in prayer on a Northern California mountainside, arms outstretched, grasping a handmade torch of dried wormwood branches, the fuel her Native American ancestors used for generations to burn underbrush in thick forest.

Against the backdrop of media coverage of the re-established Southern Utah National Monument boundaries a couple weeks ago, I took a trip to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge looking for ducks. The discussions surrounding how big the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monum…

ELY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Great Basin Institute has been awarded a federal grant to begin planning the creation of what the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says is the nation’s first professional recreational trail-building school.

Its time for this year’s forecast of the waterfowl season. Most years this is a simple exercise, as you can look at the Fish and Wildlife surveys of spring nesting conditions across the prairie pothole region. This is the second year in a row, however, these surveys weren’t conducted as plan…

Robert Frost wrote in a poem, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Wandering through the woods last week in pursuit of grouse, this poem came to mind and I wondered how we choose the roads we take. Hunting and angling …

It’s once again time for bird hunting season to commence. Monday, Aug. 30 is the opening day of Idaho’s forest grouse season, while Utahns have to wait until Sept. 1. Dove season in both states opens on the 1st.

An important facet of hunting and fishing is having respect for the animals that are pursued. Part of living up to this objective is paying attention to the ambient situation so animals are not unnecessarily stressed and their meat is not wasted. A condition that can cause animals to be natu…

One concern of hunters and gun owners in this country is that the current broad interpretation of the “right to bear arms” is maintained into the future. While this is a valid long-term concern, there seems to be a current belief that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is under at…

The news over the next couple months will be headlined by drought and fire. This situation has been brought about by below average precipitation and above average temperatures. Utah is in bad shape with 98% of the state in extreme drought while 22% of Idaho is in a similar condition.

BOSTON (AP) — When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrated for his stunning watercolors of American birds.

A couple weeks ago I read a news article by several journalists from The Trace and USA today. It was a discussion of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) oversight of gun dealers. While this report had many facts, it put few of them in context. I thought the article …

PROVO (AP) — If you have visited Timpanogos Cave National Monument in the past 53 years, you have likely come in contact with Ranger Jay Allen, learning from and catching a love for the caves from him. Allen retired this spring after working as a guide at the cave every summer since he gradu…

Living in a Rocky Mountain state, it can be hard to believe the fish species anglers spend the most days pursuing are largemouth and smallmouth bass. Nationwide, more than twice as many days are spent casting lures to bass than all the trout species combined.

For the last 20 years I have been lucky enough the teach fisheries management at Utah State University. Over that time, I have seen many students go on to have careers that positively affected angler experiences. While the technology used to collect and evaluate data has changed, the goal of…

Many anglers in Cache Valley and valleys across the West will target rainbow trout in the next couple months. This is not because it is the only fish in the region’s lakes and streams, but it is the most ubiquitous. Furthermore, rainbow trout are a great sport fish that take a variety of bai…

Drought is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a period of dryness especially when prolonged.” In mid-March, Governor Cox issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency due to drought conditions in Utah. Currently, most of the state is experiencing an extreme drought which means the sta…

The recent spate of mass shootings has once again started discussions concerning the proper limits of gun ownership. This concern, in combination with the election of President Biden and a pandemic-linked production backlog has made it all but impossible to buy guns and ammunition. Over the …

Last week my son received a survey from Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources requesting his thoughts relative to the use of new technologies in hunting. The survey questions reminded me there have been rapid improvements in the weapons and associated accoutrements used to hunt big game. The…

Lakes and streams have the capacity to produce a certain number of fish. This capability is based on the amount of water, water quality, food sources, and conditions of the habitat. Natural aquatic systems can maintain a given number of adult fish by recruiting young fish into the population…

When Brigham Young and his fellow pioneers descended the Wasatch Mountains and took their first look at the Great Salt Lake, one of the primary features of their view would have been Antelope Island. This forty-two square mile island has an important spot on the horizon looking west from Sal…

Most Americans support hunting because the endeavor follows the rules of “fair chase.” This term was coined by the Boone and Crockett Club in the late 1800s and is defined as “the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal.”

Ice fishing season is now upon us. Our trust in the ice early in the season was undermined when an angler was rescued after taking a chilly mid-December swim in Mantua Reservoir. On Tuesday of the past week, however, I saw a couple brave (foolish?) anglers venture out on Hyrum Reservoir’s ic…

With Christmas just around the corner, it is important to remember that kids are not the only ones that have wishlists for the holiday season. As the new year will usher in a new president, a large number of organizations are listing actions they would like to see the new administration prioritize.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A set of guidelines for managing the Colorado River helped several states through a dry spell, but it’s not enough to keep key reservoirs in the American West from plummeting amid persistent drought and climate change, according to a U.S. report released Friday.

Success has different connotations to different people, but for hunters the most appropriate definition may be “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” For individuals whose primary tools are shotguns, rifles, bows and muzzleloaders, the obvious goal is to harvest an animal. This, however,…

Late fall and winter is the time of year when there can be big swings in air temperature from week to week. While these variations in temperature are easy to detect, other substantial changes may be overlooked. As an example, a couple weeks ago I took an early morning drive to Wyoming’s Gree…

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Hunting was a big part of Zane Goucher’s youth, when he pursued whitetail deer and ruffed grouse in the Maine woods with his father. He eventually drifted away from the sport but has returned after a 22-year absence, inspired by the coronavirus outbreak.

Perhaps I am a day late and a dollar short when it comes to discussing the passage of Amendment E, which added the right to hunt and fish to Utah’s constitution. This discussion is not about the importance of the measure but rather whether a ballot the right tool for enactment. Currently, 22…

Hunting and fishing gets you outside in a manner that can be achieved by traveling in your own car with a small group of close friends. Being in situations with these sideboards greatly limits your risk of illness during this pandemic. Furthermore, Cache Valley spans two states that probably…

The day this article is published coincides with the opening day of most hunting units in southeast Idaho and comes a week before Utah’s general rifle season. This means many people from Cache Valley will be heading to the woods over the next couple weeks in search of meat and antlers.

WADSWORTH, Nev. (AP) — U.S. and tribal officials are celebrating completion of a $34 million fish bypass system at a Nevada dam that will allow a threatened trout species to return to some of its native spawning grounds for the first time in more than a century.

It has been easy to understand what the upcoming duck and goose season would look like each year since 1955. The reason for this is the Fish and Wildlife Service has monitored waterfowl numbers each spring starting in that year. That survey, however, was a casualty of the coronavirus this ye…

It would be a significant understatement to say I favor the right to hunt and fish. This right, however, is not in the Constitution, but is instead secured by state laws. Broad support of hunting across all states is surprising, as the vast majority of people don’t hunt. These non-hunters co…

I have always considered hunting season to commence when forest grouse and dove season opens. Although Utah’s bow season started two weeks ago, to feel like hunting season, the mornings at high elevations need to be cool enough to warrant a long-sleeved shirt. Given the short-term forecast, …

On Friday, a small troupe of volunteers and researchers gathered outside the Millville Predator Research Center in Millville for an ongoing relocation project. Not to work with coyotes, or even the occasional bear housed at the facility, but with a non-predatory, nocturnal species: beaver.

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