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UPDATE: Bountiful Urban Deer Translocation

The Bountiful Urban Deer Translocation Project is headed by Channing Howard, Urban Wildlife Biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. SFW is proud to have been the organization that proposed and initiated this pioneering project that is proving that translocating mule deer can be viable and indeed is successful. Many thanks to the SFW Beaver Utah Chapter for their foresight and initiative. SFW proudly stands at the DWR’s side and with its partner wildlife conservation organizations and higher education institutions as mule deer translocation research continues breaking new ground in wildlife management. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Project background/goals: Mule deer…


Day One: Interior Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands

Orders Strengthen America’s Outdoor Heritage & Restore Opportunities for Sportsmen and Anglers. WASHINGTON – On his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee) issued two secretarial orders, which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands. The action was hailed by representatives from sportsmen, conservation, and recreation organizations. “Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the…


2017 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo Continues To Break Records

Salt Lake City, Utah: After four days of a busy show floor and successful evening auctions, the 2017 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo (WHCE) closed its doors Sunday afternoon Feb. 19, 2017. The show, hosted by Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and the Mule Deer Foundation and sponsored by Ammo & More and ACI, has become the biggest consumer sport show designed for the western big game hunter. Now in its 11th year, the WHCE has continued to exceed expectations with 46,000 attendees walking the exhibit halls and raising over $6 million for wildlife conservation efforts. “Once again the Western…


SFW States Position on Public Lands

Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) issued the following position regarding public lands: Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) is opposed to the sale of any public land. SFW believes there is room for improved correlation and joint efforts between state and federal agencies in the management of public land but that the sale of these public lands is not in the best interests of wildlife, sportsmen or local communities. SFW believes that the public lands of the Western U.S. are the lifeblood of our way of life, and that public access and the multiple use of these lands must…


SFW Volunteers Get Out for Northern Utah Mule Deer

On the Ground It was barely 10 degrees on an early Friday morning in January when SFW answered the call from Utah Division of Wildlife biologists and DWR Director Greg Sheehan to help feed mule deer in northern Utah. That’s because Winter 2016-17 has already dished out some of the harshest conditions in nearly 10 years – and mule deer in the northern reaches of the state are facing the brunt of it. “DWR biologists have been monitoring deer and winter range conditions across Utah closely this winter,” Director Sheehan said. “Weather in the Bear Lake Valley is an anomaly…


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…

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