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Western Hunting Expo | February 19-22, 2015 | Salt Lake City slide1 Sportsmen slide 5 SFW puts HotyUSA


Big Game Management at 9,979 Feet

SFW DWR Cache High Country

The SFW Cache Team just returned from a high country ride to evaluate big game summer range conditions in remote parts of the Cache National Forest. SFW rode with Utah Division of Wildlife (DWR) big game personnel to an elevation of 9,979 feet to get a first-hand, up close look at range conditions. The purpose of the ride was to assess range conditions for existing Mule Deer and Elk in this high country region of northern Utah. Jason Lundahl and Steve Sorensen requested the assessment on behalf of SFW and arranged details and logistics of the ride. “There’s a real…


SFW Secures Water Resources for East Paunsaugunt Mule Deer

Pauns Water Project Cap Construction

Mule deer on the Eastern Paunsaugunt will have more water, cleaner water, and a safer, more secure resource to drink from because of a recent $34,000 commitment from SFW. “SFW has committed this money to fund the completion of two winter watering tanks that will prevent mule deer drownings and provide consistent and cleaner water resources for wintering mule deer,” according to Rusty Aiken, SFW’s Iron County Chapter Chairman. “This important project will cap two existing water storage tanks where wildlife have been drowning for many years.” The project is being managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and…


Bighorns Back on Goslin Mountain

Rocky Rams

Dutch John, Utah – SFW is putting bighorn sheep back on Goslin Mountain. A small herd of 23 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were released at Dripping Springs near Little Hole on the Green River. The herd includes 13 ewes, five lambs and five rams. SFW volunteers worked with Utah Division of Wildlife (DWR) biologists and others to capture the bighorns in Desolation Canyon near Green River, Utah. The sheep were then moved to begin a new herd on Goslin Mountain. Dripping Springs is at the base of Goslin Mountain, between Dutch John and Little Hole in northeastern Utah. “SFW is…


DWR Names SFW-Uintah Basin Chapter “Partner Organization of the Year”

Josh Horrocks SFW Award

The Uintah Basin chapter of SFW has been an exceptional partner, going above and beyond to recruit and retain hunters, generate good will among sportsmen, and generously raise money for conservation and their worthy causes.


SFW Puts $228,164 On the Ground on the San Juan

Tractor Team Planting Beef Basin

SFW is working to reverse a downward trend in mule deer numbers on Utah’s San Juan unit. More than just volunteers who worked at a recent habitat restoration project, SFW has provided 97% of the funding that will ensure success of the critical Beef Basin/Dark Canyon Habitat Restoration Project. In total, SFW provided more than $228,164 to the important project. The Beef Basin/Dark Canyon project has been deemed “critical for mule deer winter survival” by big game and habitat biologists and by SFW members who know the habits and condition of the wildlife on this unit.


SFW Plants Bitterbrush on Parowan Front

Parawon Front Bitterbrush Donnie Hunter with Volunteer

Mule deer wintering habitat on Southern Utah’s Parowan Front north of Cedar City is in need of improvement. True to its mission, SFW was the group to step up and make that happen. SFW provided the money and the volunteers to make the project happen. Iron County Chapter volunteer and long-time SFW supporter Donnie Hunter led a group of volunteers and Division of Wildlife employees in a seeding operation designed to grow more bitterbrush, one of mule deer’s favorite forage plants especially during the harsh winter months. Recent rains since completion of the early May habitat improvement project have encouraged…


SFW fills position on Utah’s Statewide Mule Deer Committee

SFW Muley Buck with Doe

The Utah Division of Wildlife (DWR) has asked SFW to fill a seat on the Utah Statewide Mule Deer Planning Committee. The committee, which held its first meeting in late April, has the responsibility to evaluate Utah’s ongoing mule deer management plans and explore strategies for improving Utah’s mule deer populations. SFW President Byron Bateman and SFW chapter leaders from regions throughout the state will meet regularly through September 2014 when the committee’s recommendations will be incorporated into the DWR’s 5-year Mule Deer Management Plan (2015–2019). “Increasing the number of mule deer in areas that can support it, and targeting…


SFW Puts Mule Deer Forage on the Ground in Smithfield, Utah

2014 April 19 SFW Smithfield Dry Canyon Planting

SFW members Jason Lundahl, Andy Fauth and Rod Munk joined Utah Division of Wildlife Resources planting winter forage on important deer winter range in northern Utah’s Dry Canyon near Smithfield. Approximately 1200 plants, the majority being sagebrush and birch leaf mountain mahogany, were planted. SFW also put roughly 150 curl leaf mountain mahogany on the ridge. SFW volunteers’ efforts will bolster the value of winter forage to benefit mule deer that often have difficulty surviving in this part of the state due to severe winters and deep snow.

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