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.

It is likely—or perhaps maybe I should restate this as more of a hope—that the novel coronavirus will only be the focus of our life for one season. This virus gained speed in the United States as the equinox approached in mid March and hopefully will be mostly background news with the summer…

In the two weeks since my last article, the dynamics of how state governments allow individuals to interact have rapidly changed. The word “social distancing” came out of nowhere and will likely be in contention for word of the year in 2020. To be honest, protection of our oldest generation …

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sticking with its crowd friendly waiver of entrance fees at national parks during the coronavirus pandemic, as managers at some parks try and fail to keep visitors a safe distance apart and communities appeal for a shutdown at the parks still open.

Cutler Reservoir is the body of water at the center of Cache Valley. The dam is on the Bear River but the Logan River, the Little Bear River and several springs also provide water to this artificial lake. It was first created in 1896 when Wheelon Dam was built. This earlier dam was flooded w…

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In the next month the low elevation snow and ice on lakes will start to disappear. This is one of the best times of the year to pursue trout. Besides that, even if you wanted to fish for warm water species they don’t start biting until mid-April. People are getting this memo, as with each pa…

Editor’s note: Last weekend, the Bear Lake community hosted its annual Winterfest, which includes two popular sister events, the Polar Plunge and Cisco Disco. Former Garden City mayor and self-described local “character” Bryce Nielson recounts the origins of the Cisco Disco in this first-per…

Those who say we live in a desert stretch the truth a bit. Twenty-five miles to the east of Cache Valley, the ridges of the Bear River Range often receive 50 inches of precipitation a year. If you head the other direction, however, the Great Salt Lake desert is lucky to get 5 inches of preci…

Most people think a year consists of four seasons. Hunters and anglers, however, see a year consisting of many more seasons. One of the times of years when there are few seasons for hunting and fishing is now. This is ice fishing season. This period of time is environmentally determined, beg…

Another decade is in our back window, which means it is time to pause and consider how the passage of this time has affected hunters and anglers. The past 10 years have generally been good for populations of big game, waterfowl, and upland gamebirds across the west. There have been declines …

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Interior Department, Idaho and Wyoming are appealing a court ruling that halted a Trump administration plan to ease land-use restrictions in seven Western states that protect struggling sage grouse.

With snow covering the ground it might be a stretch to ask people to think about defining the proper use of electric bikes (e-bikes) on federal lands. Currently, on most Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish and Wildlife Service managed lands e-bikes are only permitted on roads…

STEWART TOWN, Jamaica (AP) — The warm tropical air gently pushes waves against the concrete steps leading down a cliff and into the ocean — the jumping-off point tonight for night spearfishermen in the small village of Stewart Town on Jamaica’s north shore.

Hunting is generally about understanding a game species and developing strategies that maximize your chance of harvest. There are a few animals, such as deer, elk and turkeys that can be lured closer by calling when they are mating.

November is for bird hunting. Duck, pheasant, grouse, partridge and quail seasons are all open somewhere in the Intermountain West. And while a successful bird hunt is defined in many ways, part of the equation is for the hunter to correctly determine how far in front of a bird flying 30 mil…

Many new residents of Cache Valley do not have a history of partaking in atavistic sports. This lack of a generational connection to hunting makes it harder for nonhunters to value this activity.

As colder weather approaches, members of the local snow mobile association are helping with preparations to help keep local riders safe.

The middle of October means another Utah and Idaho deer hunting season will soon be underway. General seasons around Cache Valley last a week with two weekends in Utah and for a couple weeks in Idaho. Both states are careful not to let the general season stretch into November as this is the …

The appearance of October signifies the start of another waterfowl season. This hunting season starts early enough in the fall that few birds have started to migrate. Therefore, locally hatched ducks and geese along with mosquitoes are the primary flying objects that capture hunters’ attenti…

Every hunting trip has a narrative and the capacity to be instructional. So it was with my trip to the Ruby Mountains last week in search of Himalayan snowcock.

It is hard to believe we have made another trip around the sun and have arrived at my favorite time of the year, early fall. The baseball pennant chase is in full swing, football has started, and most important of all, another hunting season is here. To me, the start of the hunting season be…

As USU Extension Agents, we have many different roles and responsibilities that we love, and some that we enjoy less. One unfortunate role that we have to perform on occasion is to tell crop/landscape owners that their plants are dying due to “friendly fire” or the improper use of a pesticide.

About five years ago I wrote my only article that received a negative response on The Herald Journal’s opinion page. That article was on Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, and the group that penned the response represented individuals who raised deer and elk behind fences. In the five years si…

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…

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