All it takes is a quick trip to Bear Lake on any weekend in July or August to see hunting and fishing are not the only forms of outdoor recreation in the region.

Fish and game regulations are primarily determined by the state. Two obvious exceptions are for migratory birds and endangered species. These omissions exist because it would be hard for any state or country in North America to individually manage ducks and geese as they migrate from Canada …

Many fishing shows and wildlife documentaries over the last decade have focused on angling experiences for river monsters. There are lots of ways to define a fish as a river monster but the simplest may be those that can obtain a weight of over 100 pounds.

As the sun spends more time in the sky each day, the number and types of boats showing up on local lakes and reservoirs are increasing quickly. As our society has become more affluent and social media provides insights into the locations of unique water bodies, a growing number of these boat…

There are finally hints that winter is losing its annual battle with spring. The rising snow level and appearance of tulips are almost enough to get us to overlook the snow flurries that will continue for the next couple weeks. Warming temperatures and longer days bring a lot of changes hunt…

February marks the end of most hunting seasons and the time when Utah and Idaho’s legislatures pass laws. While federal laws can affect hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities, states are the primary rule maker in this venue. This means it is important to pay attention to what legal si…

One of the better known poems of Robert Frost comes to the conclusion that, “Good fences make good neighbors.” While many people remember this poem to suggest that the presence of fences are a way to maintain friendships, most of the poem questions the need for fences. The presence of fences…

Many hunters and anglers prioritize partaking in these activities over all things except family. They see these endeavors not as a hobby or pastime, but a way of life. As one of these people, hunting and fishing not only shaped how I spend my time off, but my career choice and where I live. …

Another chance to ride a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon through the middle of hundreds of wild elk is almost here.

Bear Lake occupies more than 100 square miles and straddles the state line between Utah and Idaho in the northeast corner of Utah. Approximately half of the lake is found in each state. Bear Lake is referred to as “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its aqua-blue water. When visiting during the s…

The celebration of Thanksgiving has long signified a successful growing season and the health of the people that grew and harvested those crops. Thanksgiving in the United States can be traced back to the sharing of food between Native Americans and transplanted European Americans at Plymout…

October of 2018 was a wonderful time to be outdoors. Don’t get me wrong, late September and October are always my favorite times of the year. But this year the month was mostly sunny, mostly warm, with enough precipitation and cold snaps to add snow to the mountain ridges and a bit of tensio…

EMIGRANT — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered a 20-year ban on new mining claims on a swath of public land in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, a move that comes three years after concerns were first raised that two gold mining proposals would mar the northe…

This is the time of the year that with each passing week another hunting season is opening. The next season to commence is waterfowl. In Northern Utah opening day is October 6 while it is the 6th or 13th of October in Southwestern Idaho, depending on the county you hunt. Pursuing waterfowl i…

Having spent several days over the last few weeks traversing the mountains surrounding Cache Valley in search of grouse, I have been reminded of an important aspect of our endeavor we often overlook. Most times when we discuss hunting and fishing, the questions revolve around how big and how many?

DRAPER — Prevailing wisdom has maintained that penguins are monogamous creatures — two parents bonded for life. Take Roto and Copper, and Coco and Gossamer, for example, two gentoo penguin couples at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

With the constant stream of 90 degree days it is tough to believe that hunting season is just around the corner. Utah’s general big game archery season starts this weekend while the same season is still a couple weeks away in Idaho. Game bird seasons for grouse and dove also open soon. Dove …

For most people involved in hunting, angling and seeking out wildlife for other reasons (e.g. bird watching and photography), getting outdoors is a healthy activity for the mind and spirit. There is, however, a very small group of individuals for whom regulations are too burdensome. Their de…

There are many ways in which groups of animals are defined. The most widespread is the concept of species. The term “species” is Latin for kind or appearance. A common definition for species, used by scientist and the public alike, comes from Ernst Mayr. He stated that “species are groups of…

Two hundred and forty-two years and one day ago our founding fathers declared independence from England. The signing of the Declaration of Independence signified a new type of government where citizens played a larger role in governing. Although this document had many implications on how fut…

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 9.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after two of the world’s most celebrated rock climbers twice set astonishingly fast records on the biggest wall in Yosemite National Park, they did it again Wednesday, breaking a mark compared with track’s four-minute mile.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The annual Wildcat Steelhead Club Kids Fishing Derby will be held Saturday at Northern State Pond, 2200 Thompson Drive.

Let me be upfront: my day job is working for the United States Forest Service. While I like sharing my thoughts on hunting, fishing and the outdoors, I am neither proficient nor productive enough to make a living as a writer. That said, I was blessed as a youth to grow up where I always was …

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

The vast majority of backyard sheds across the valley play host to lawnmowers and cobwebbed seasonal decorations, but in one 12-foot by 24-foot outbuilding in Hyde Park, handcrafted surfboards are taking shape.

The next month and a half is the time to hunt turkeys. This season is unusual as it is a hunting season that occurs in the spring rather than the fall. Hunting in April and May is possible because this time overlaps the bird’s mating season and only males can be harvested. Not only is spring…

Hundreds of thousands of fishermen will descend on trout-stocked lakes April 28 to kick off the state’s lowland lakes trout-fishing season.

2015 was Gavin Moody's second year for entering the Super Hunt drawing. He bought one entry each for deer, elk and moose. Much to his surprise, he drew the elk tag. Moody said he didn’t have a hunt in mind, but everyone he talked to recommended the Owyhee Desert and its famous elk herd that consistently produces trophy bulls.

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts runs April 1 through April 30 and applications can be made at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, by telephone, or apply online. Telephone applications may be made at (800) 554-8685. All mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30.

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