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.

Over the last couple of weeks, The Herald Journal has had several articles discussing the introduction of mountain goats to the peaks above Logan. To be exact, these are considered augmentation efforts rather than an initial transplant. The state’s map, in fact, shows goats are already here …

It is hard for people to accept change, but change is one of the few things that is inevitable. No matter how much people want their favorite hunting or fishing spot to stay the same, things will happen that will make it different both on the ground and in your mind. This concept has been un…

Since the first anti-littering campaigns were launched in the 1950s, much has been done to raise awareness about keeping America’s roadways, waterways and public lands free of refuse. However, one type of litter seems to have persisted through the years largely unabated — maybe because it’s …

It may seem odd to discuss a historic but on-going virus in the middle of a novel pandemic. There are at least two reasons to do so: 1) the summer season is upon us so families will be outdoors where the disease is found, and 2) the trends in cases shows how a disease can be reduced when soc…

Cache Valley may not be the Mecca of fly fishing, but we certainly could sit at the crossroads. To our north is the Big Hole River of Montana, as well as the Snake and Henry’s Fork of Idaho. To the east is the Green River of Wyoming and Utah. The valley is the drainage points for the Logan R…

Becoming a more successful angler is about knowing when to make small adjustments. I received my first spinning rod when I was seven and learned how to fly fish at twelve. While the mechanics of my casting have improved, the primary reason I catch more fish now is because I have a better and…

I have a tendency to refer to horns and antlers in a loosey-goosey manner that may not always reflect my profession as a biologist. The same thing occurs when fly fishing, as I generally identify an insect by their common rather than their scientific name. This is because it is more importan…

I am not great at growing plants and shrubs. Over the years I have been partially successful at growing some things, but eventually I tend to be a rather neglectful gardener, particularly when it involves working out in 90-plus degree weather.

The success of a hunting or fishing trip is defined in many ways. One characterization is to harvest a trophy. Webster’s definition of a trophy applicable in this situation is “a game animal or fish suitable for mounting.” This is a vague definition allowing the individual considerable leewa…

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Tim Wirtz Jr. slowly spun the reel, tracking the retrieval of a plastic worm, when two shapes moved into his peripheral vision. The teen’s eyes gleamed as he peered through the crystal clear water at a pair of beefy rainbow trout cruising parallel to the shore.

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