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Words on Wildlife

2016 was a banner year for big Mule deer in the state of Utah; several large bucks were taken on general units that will rival any buck taken on Utah’s world-renowned Paunsaugunt and Henry Mountains. Not only were there big bucks taken, but also as a whole hunters reported seeing more bucks and more deer in general. What’s been the difference? How did it happen? I don’t believe you can point to any one thing and say, “This is the only reason.” Honestly, the star’s had to align to produce what we hunters saw this year, and they did. No…

SFW Opposes President Obama’s Bears Ears Monument Designation

Over the last 30 years, we sportsmen have worked hard alongside the Utah Division of Wildlife to restore populations of elk, desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, wild turkey, black bear, cougar and other species in the region now encompassed by the newly designated Bears Ears Monument.  These game species are now thriving and provide some of the highest quality hunting opportunities found in all of North America. The creation of this monument was dictated by lame duck President Obama as he vacationed in Hawaii and is a prime example of why the majority of the people in 3,081 counties across…

SFW Puts Chukar on Utah’s Mountains

SFW purchased 2,100 Chukars chicks in 2016 and raised them to adults. Several hundred were recently released in Sevier County and surrounding areas. Some were released in Black Canyon, some at Manning Creek near the Elbow T Ranch southeast of Marysvale, and others at a site in the Breaks on Poverty Flat southwest of Monroe, Utah. More birds will be released ahead of the statewide youth pheasant, waterfowl and pheasant hunt day September 17th. Many thanks to Paul Niemeyer, DeLoss Christensen, Jake Albrecht and the SFW Sevier County Chapter team for all of their hard work with SFW’s Chukar and…

SFW Names Troy Justensen President

SFW has named Troy Justensen President. He begins immediately overseeing day-to-day operations and management of the Utah-based non-profit wildlife conservation organization. Mr. Justensen will be responsible for ensuring the success and growth of SFW and it’s various programs, subsidiaries and ventures.

UPDATE: Utah Big Game Captures and Transplants

  A Message to SFW from UDWR Big Game Program Coordinator Justin M Shannon Here is a summary of the big game captures/transplants that took place this past fall/winter.  Overall, we captured 1,276 big game animals this year. I want to thank all of you who helped with the captures. Many of you contributed time, money, and efforts to make these captures happen, and we appreciate it.  There is a lot of momentum in Utah’s big game program right now, and I believe it is because of the strong partnerships we have with sportsmen and our great biologists. I also…

Words on Wildlife – May 2016

SFW’s mission works to benefit not just a single species but multiple big game species. Many of the projects SFW has funded and provided volunteers for in recent years are showing significant, measurable and important results for deer, elk, moose, bighorns, mountain goats, bison and other species.

Steppin’ Up for Luke

SFW’s Beaver Chapter and Phone Skope helped open a new chapter in the life a young hunter and friend. A dirt bike racing accident broke Luke Carter’s back and took the use of his legs. SFW and Phone Skope stepped up with a West Desert Antelope Hunt to help open a new chapter in Luke’s life. Watch the Phone Skope video and see.    

Get Paid to Save Mule Deer

A unique program created by the Utah Division of Wildlife provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for coyote hunters to help increase Utah’s Mule deer populations. An added benefit to the program is that successful hunters can also get paid handsomely for having fun in the field. Utah initiated a unique predator-control program provides a cash incentive for any qualified hunter who wants to take coyotes. Participants in this program can receive $50 for each properly documented coyote that they kill in Utah. However, hunters hoping to cash in on the coyote bounty must pre-register for the program and follow through on…

Common Q&A on Hunting Expo and Conservation Offered by DWR

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has posted a list of common questions and answers about how the 200 Hunt Expo Permit Program contract was awarded to SFW and how the program works to benefit wildlife and the hunting public. This comes on the heels of wild accusations and much misinformation about both the program and the process of awarding the contract. “Utah’s 200 Expo conservation permit program and the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo built by SFW and its partner the Mule Deer Foundation is unique and highly successful in delivering on-the-ground results for Utah big game,” said Jon…

SFW Reports $6M+ Conservation Successes of 10th Anniversary Expo

Wildlife Conservation Showcased at Western Hunting & Conservation Expo Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife released information on the successes of the 2016  Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE) event, which exceed previous records for attendance and donations raised for Utah wildlife conservation topping 40,000 attendees and $6 million in wildlife conservation donations. The success of the WHCE makes it the largest non-profit fundraiser in the state. Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) and the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) partnered in presenting the 10th Annual WHCE event held last month, a gathering that is also becoming one of the most important annual…

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"The mission of SFW is to promote the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat, assist in providing quality wildlife management programs, educating the public about the role hunters play in wildlife conservation, and perpetuating the family tradition of hunting and fishing".