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President’s Message – Fall 2018


Fall is here, hopefully it will cool down soon!

See information below about our first annual chukar challenge. We hope this will be a positive event that gets us together in the field for a good cause. Bird numbers appear to be spotty this year, be open to trying new areas in a variety of locations and find the pockets where the insects, cover and bird numbers aligned for good numbers.

Enjoy the adventure and the memories!

Be a part of our first ever UCWF chukar challenge the first Saturday of December each year, December 1, 2018 this year.  Come join like-minded people for a friendly weekend at a memorable location with a bit of competition and raffles for a good cause.  Money raised will go to the Utah Chukar and Wildlife Foundation a 501c3 charitable organization focused on improving upland game and wildlife habitat on Utah’s public lands.

Two divisions: 2 person teams, or single hunter.  Go to 2018 Chukar Challenge for more details and rules.

Registration before October 1, 2018

Teams:  $200 per team if registered before October 1, 2018:  Includes breakfast and dinner on Saturday, 2 UCWF memberships, 4 participation raffle tickets (more can be earned during the hunt), and a commemorative hat for each person.

Singles:  $110 if registered before October 1, 2018:  Includes breakfast and dinner on Saturday, 1 UCWF membership 2 participation raffle tickets (more can be earned during the hunt), and a commemorative hat for each person.

$230 per team if registered after October 1, 2018 or $125 for singles.

2018 UCWF Commemorative Taxidermy

This is the 2018 UCWF Commemorative Taxidermy  donated by Darin Gardner.  For the past 14 years Darin has donated a mounted bird to the Utah Chukar & Wildlife Foundation. He has provided a different bird each year and donates the mount to the UCWF for fund raising at their annual banquet.

All you have to do for a chance to win this beautiful pair of Ruffed Grouse is support the foundation and buy a raffle ticket.  One ticket for a chance to win will be given for every $5 donated using the Paypal link below. The winning ticket will be drawn at the annual banquet held on February 24, 2018. Darin and his sexy assistant (don't be fooled by the skirt) will also be taking donations at the banquet but you can get your tickets in advance, or if you're unable to attend you can still get tickets using the donate button below. You need not be present to win. Thanks in advance of your continued support. Darin's website is located at:

President’s Message Winter 2018


The eternal fall has made for an interesting hunting season. This year has been a bit tougher for most, but hopefully you’re enjoying the unusual warmth -though I’m sure there will be a price to pay-.

It’s Banquet time again. We hope you will support us again at our annual banquet. Please find the banquet order form in this issue and also at our website (banquet options should be up by Jan. 17). For those of you who help us each year and donate, we hope you will find yourself in a position to help again this year. Please contact Alan at or Travis at or 801-360-6553. Remember to support our donors first and thank them for their contributions! We couldn’t do all we do without them!

Some Foundation Highlights from this year include:

• Central Region Guzzler project (we are half way through installing another 17 guzzlers).
• Southeastern regions guzzlers. More guzzlers were installed in the Southeast again this year.
• Supporting and volunteering with two youth fairs.
• Supporting a new grouse infrared Lek study.
• Continuing sage grouse and other grouse data collecting projects.
• Partnering with a USU forest grouse study.
• Volunteering and providing input/feedback on many upland projects in the state.

We are a strong voice and partner for upland game and upland sportsmen/women in the state. Your support at our annual banquet provides the necessary funding to support these upland projects on Utah’s public lands. Working as a partner with the UDWR and other agencies we make your money stretch much further than if we tried to do everything on our own. Thanks as always for your support!

This year’s annual banquet will be held at the Sheraton in downtown SLC on Feb. 24. Please sign up early for the banquet to make sure you have a spot. We anticipate filling up quickly and the earlier you sign up the better the deals and the better we can plan accordingly. Sign up on the banquet page or use the flyer in your newsletter.

Upland Slam Banquet offer:

Those who participated in the upland slam program can be rewarded at our annual banquets. Each upland slam token earned for the 2017-18 season may be presented to a board member at the banquet to receive 3 free raffle tickets per token earned. Anyone earning all 5 2017-18 tokens will also receive a free plaque to hold their tokens, contact Travis Proctor ( to get the plaque. Additionally, any person who accomplishes the entire Utah Upland Game Ultimate Slam may contact Travis Proctor ( 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. Currently Valley quail trapping and transplanting is under way utilizing funds generated by the upland slam with matching Pittman Robertson funds.

Learn more at:

Volunteer Opportunities


We have a lot of volunteer opportunities right now. See below for explanations of activities, contact information and some great events for kids and families to enjoy.

Guzzler installation checks. With the movement of some BLM folks we have some guzzlers that were installed, but we don't know which 14 of about 25 sites had guzzlers installed and which still need to be installed. We need some volunteers who can take an ATV to GPS locations then determine if a guzzler is installed at that location, or if it still needs to be installed. These sites are near Delta. Contact Travis Proctor to help asap at or 801.360.6553

Outdoor Adventure Days on June 9-10th. We will have booth at this free event for youth and families. We can use help at the booth. This is a great volunteer event where you can bring your dog and talk with other hunters and trainers as you demonstrate to participants the hunting and training process. Puppies are welcome also. Contact Alan Smith to volunteer and/or bring your family and friends to enjoy the events.

Guzzler installs southeastern region. The DWR is planning a volunteer day on Saturday, June 3rd to build chukar guzzlers near Huntington, Utah. We are currently planning on installing one guzzler that day, but could have crews at four different guzzlers if we have enough volunteer help. We will be meeting at BK's (Sinclair) in Huntington at 8:00 a.m. that day. Contact Makeda to help

Guzzler installs central region. We are ready to install two guzzlers in the Central Region. DeWayne will coordinate the installs at a TBD date (during the next month). Contact DeWayne if you are interested in helping

Youth Outdoors Fair in Ogden June 17th We are looking for a volunteer to man a booth for the foundation at this event (9-12:00), or take your family to enjoy the activities. Contact Alan Smith to volunteer

We are excited about these and other projects this summer. We will be installing more guzzlers later this summer and there will be another youth fair on September 9th at Farmington Bay

Thanks for your support and help,


Willard Bay Cleanup Day

Dog trainer friends,

Yes! It's that joyous time of year again! Saturday April 29 Is our spring clean up out at The Willard public dog training area. We would like to meet that morning at 7:00. Please spread the word amongst your members. The good news is that it looks as though our efforts have started to pay off. I believe there is less to do than there has been in the past. Someone did leave us a nice Television set, and there is a couple of dead cows but other than that it shouldn't be too bad. The DWR might have us mark any remaining cactus for treatment this year along with the clean up. It looks like we have made a really solid dent in the cactus in recent years. It shouldn't take much to finish it off.

There is some fencing down by the training ponds. We might go ahead and repair that if we have time. If not Rich and Colton said they could get it at another time.

Most of us have done this before, and know what you are doing. So bring the work gloves, and any fencing tools you might have. The DWR will provide bags the trailer for hauling garbage, and most everything else that is needed.

Shout with any questions, and we will look forward to seeing you at 7:00 on April 29th!

Thanks for all you do,

Bret Wonnacott


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