Get a Duck Call, Take an Airboat Ride

Kids can practise their duck calling at the Sept. 10 event.
Kids can practise their duck calling at the Sept. 10 event.

Free waterfowl fair on Sept. 10

Farmington — If riding in an airboat and learning the basics of duck hunting sound like fun, you need to be at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area on the morning of Sept. 10. That’s the day the 12th annual Utah Youth Waterfowl and Outdoor Festival will be held.

The free event, which includes a free lunch provided by Camp Chef, runs from 8 a.m. – noon. Adults are invited to the event, but only those who are 15 years of age and younger can win prizes or get a free duck call and duck decoys.

Youngsters who want a free duck call should plan on arriving close to 8 a.m. Calls will be given away until the supply runs out. Free duck decoys will also be given away.

In addition to eating lunch, learning more about duck hunting and getting some free swag, the following are among the things you can do at the fair:

–  Ride in an airboat. You can also ride in boats that are powered by engines called “mud motors.” Boat rides run from 9 – 11 a.m.

–  Learn how to call ducks. Utah state duck calling champion Brett Wonnacott will teach you how.

–  Paint duck decoys.

–  Watch trained hunting dogs in action.

–  Climb a rock wall.

–  Shoot a bow and arrow, and an air rifle.

Several groups have come together to make the event happen. They include Cabela’s, Camp Chef, the Division of Wildlife Resources, Fowl Minded, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and Widow Maker Boats. For more information about the event, and a full list of partners, visit www.utahwaterfowlfair.com.

2016-2017 Upland Game Slam

Use this new website to get involved in the upland slam and to share with others.

uplandgameslam.org

Those who participate in the upland slam program can be rewarded at our annual banquets. Each upland slam token earned for the 2016-2017 season may be presented to a board member at the banquet to receive 3 free raffle tickets per token earned. Anyone earning all 5 tokens will also receive a free custom made plaque to hold their tokens, contact Travis Proctor (travis.chukar@gmail.com) to get the plaque. Additionally, any person who accomplishes the entire Utah Upland Game Ultimate Slam may contact Travis Proctor (travis.chukar@gmail.com) to receive a free banquet dinner.

These incentives will be offered in future years as well, so if you didn’t participate this year you can always participate next year. Remember all money earned from upland slam participation goes directly toward upland game projects in Utah. It is great way to support upland game in Utah.

Thanks, Travis

Attention Ptarmigan Hunters

All:

UDWR is conducting a white-tailed ptarmigan genetics study and we are asking for hunters help.

Could you please help us get the word out to hunters that might be interested in helping UDWR collect genetic samples of legally harvested white-tailed ptarmigan in Utah?

Click on the following link which has a flyer with all the information.

Hunter help collecting ptarmigan 2016

We are hoping to get a good selection of samples.  Ptarmigan are very hard to find and hunting them is very difficult.  UDWR can use some help . Please contact Jason if you have any questions.

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Jason D. Robinson
Upland Game Program Coordinator
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
1594 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
(801) 538-4786

New Web Design

Welcome to the new and improved Utah Chukar & Wildlife web page. We were experience some issues with the old site and needed to upgrade to a new Content Manager which allows us an easier way to update information and display content that is most important to those who access the site.

All information that is currently sent via email will now also be included as a post and will be visible on the home page. This will allow you to easily keep abreast with UCWF projects and activities. Since it is a new design, please let me know if there is any issues or mistakes that might have been missed.

I hope you like it.

Thanks, Alan Smith

Parker Mountain Sage-grouse Flush Counts July 29-30, 2016

UCWF members have been coming to Parker Mountain the last weekend in July since 2004.  We will again hold our annual flush counts this year (2016) July 29-30 (Fri and Sat).  We have multiple experimental plots where we try to keep track of sage-grouse use. Bird dogs are a great asset to this end.  Folks usually run dogs any time while down there, however, on Saturday morning we will run dogs all together in experimental plots.  I need as many volunteers as possible. If you are running dogs outside of the Saturday morning period we still need to keep track of the number of birds, classification (age, sex, etc.), and the location. I will have multiple transects across the mountain that could be run at any time and we can download them to your GPS unit.

UCWF will provide dinner on Friday night around 7pm as we have done in the past.  Otherwise food and water (bring plenty of water) is up to you.  Camping conditions are primitive with no water or toilets, though some have brought camper trailers in the past.  I will be down there the entire week (Monday-Saturday) for those that would like to come early please let me know.  I would appreciate an RSVP so UCWF can plan food accordingly, please e-mail me at dkdbio@gmail.com. If you have already contacted me via email or Facebook don’t worry about RSVPs unless you need to back out. We will be camped in our usual spot just west of Red Knoll.  See map below.  Hope to see you there.

Dave Dahlgren

Parker Campground-New