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What hunters should know about Utah’s 2022 waterfowl hunts

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Salt Lake Metropolis — It is a quiet, nonetheless morning as you sit close to the sting of a lake in your blind. You hear some birds within the distance and switch your head to see a number of geese flying towards you. Your heartbeat quickens, and also you slowly increase your shotgun. Waterfowl searching season is lastly right here.

Three waterfowl hunters with rifles walking in a marsh

Apart from swans (which require a allow from the hunt drawing that ended July 20), the remainder of the waterfowl hunts in Utah are open to anybody with a Utah searching license. Nevertheless, you’re additionally required to have a Harvest Info Program (HIP) quantity to hunt any waterfowl in Utah, and a federal duck stamp if you’re 16 years of age or older. You’ll be able to register for a free HIP quantity on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website. You should purchase a duck stamp out of your native publish workplace, varied license brokers or by telephone. The telephone quantity is 1-800-782-6724. (Duck stamps are usually not out there at DWR places of work.)

If you’re planning to hunt geese, geese or swans this fall, here’s what it is best to anticipate this yr, some searching ideas for every species, and when the assorted seasons will open:

Geese

Duck populations in Utah are doing OK this yr, however numbers throughout North America have decreased as a consequence of drought impacts. There have been fewer ponds out there for nesting final yr, which led to a lower in replica.

“Most of the core breeding areas for many duck species had been dry final yr as a consequence of drought situations, so there was very low manufacturing final yr,” DWR Assistant Wildlife Program Chief Blair Stringham mentioned. “There must be extra younger birds migrating via Utah this fall, however hunters ought to anticipate to see fewer geese general, in comparison with the final 10 years.”

Sometimes, about 15 duck species may be present in Utah. Particulars and images of every species may be discovered within the 2022–23 Utah Waterfowl Guidebook.

A male ruddy duck sitting in pond water

“Hunters can drastically enhance their success throughout the duck hunt by spending a while scouting earlier than every hunt,” Stringham mentioned. “Studying the place and when birds are in a selected location can enable hunters to be the place the birds need to be, once they need to be there, and can drastically improve the variety of birds they harvest.”

As an illustration, every duck species makes use of various kinds of habitats. Diving geese, like canvasbacks and redheads, like huge, open waterbodies. Puddle geese, like teal and shovelers, are usually present in shallow water. And species like mallards may be discovered nearly wherever.

“Take into consideration the species you’re searching after which search for them within the habitats they need to be in,” Stringham mentioned. “In case you aren’t discovering the species you’re focusing on, transfer round to completely different areas till you discover them.”

Calls are additionally an efficient software in serving to hunters achieve success throughout duck hunts. Most hunters use a standard duck name that seems like a mallard hen. Experimenting with different sounds, similar to wigeon or pintail whistles, can even improve success. Canine are nice at serving to hunters retrieve downed birds and can improve your possibilities of discovering geese that fall in thick cowl.

The overall-season duck hunt runs from Oct. 1 to Jan. 14 in Utah’s northern zone and runs from Oct. 15 to Jan. 28 within the southern zone. The northern zone youth waterfowl hunt befell on Sept. 17, and the southern zone youth hunt will occur on Oct. 1. Test the Utah Waterfowl Guidebook for the boundaries of the 2 zones and to see the bag limits for geese.

Geese

Canada goose populations are doing effectively this yr and had greater replica charges than final yr.

Three geese in flight, with wings spread

“Hunters ought to see a lot of geese early within the season,” Stringham mentioned. “Migrating geese will start displaying up round mid-late November. Geese proceed to extend within the Pacific Flyway — which incorporates Utah — and searching must be good this yr. Snow geese numbers have additionally continued to extend within the Pacific Flyway.”

An vital tip for fulfillment throughout the geese hunts is to make use of a very good name.

“Calling is a vital a part of goose searching,” Stringham mentioned. “Geese are very social birds, so with the ability to sound like a goose might help hunters harvest extra birds.”

Darkish and white-fronted geese season dates:


  • Northern space: Oct. 1-8 and Oct. 26 to Jan. 31, 2023

  • Wasatch Entrance space: Oct. 1-8 and Nov. 10 to Feb. 15, 2023

  • Jap Field Elder space: Oct. 1 to Jan. 14, 2023

  • Southern space: Oct. 15 to Jan. 28, 2023

Mild geese season dates:


  • Jap Field Elder, Northern and Wasatch Entrance goose areas: Oct. 15 to Dec. 22 and Feb. 1 to March 10, 2023

  • Southern space: Oct. 25 to Dec. 15 and Jan. 15 to March 10, 2023

The youth waterfowl hunt that shall be held on Oct. 1 within the southern zone will enable darkish goose and white-fronted goose searching. Test the Utah Waterfowl Guidebook for the precise zone boundaries and bag limits.

Hunters must also be aware that almost all mild goose searching takes place on personal property. Ensure to get written permission from landowners earlier than searching on their property.

Swans

Tens of 1000’s of swans transfer via Utah each fall on their technique to their wintering grounds in California. Tundra swan populations within the Pacific Flyway are nonetheless doing effectively, and hunters can anticipate to see comparable numbers as in earlier years in Utah.

“Swans migrate and cease over on the similar places every year,” Stringham mentioned. “Conventional searching areas, such because the Bear River Migratory Hen Refuge, will maintain swans starting the primary a part of November till the marshes freeze up.”

Four swans flying low above water in a marsh

Hunters must also remember that swans will go away resting areas to feed throughout the morning and late afternoon, and all through the day as temperatures get colder. So scouting earlier than the hunt might help hunters decide when swans are transferring and know what occasions of day to hunt.

“Searching alongside a swan’s flight path, or of their feeding places, will improve your odds of harvesting a swan,” Stringham mentioned.

Hunters must also make certain of the swan species they’re focusing on earlier than trying to reap one. Trumpeter and tundra swans each migrate via Utah and are each authorized to reap. Every species may be recognized by measurement and sound. Trumpeter swans are considerably bigger than tundra swans. Trumpeter swans wouldn’t have a yellow-colored space close to their eyes, and so they additionally make a particular trumpet-like sound, therefore their identify.

Utah is one in every of solely 9 states within the U.S. that enables looking for swans. As a result of low inhabitants measurement of trumpeter swans within the Higher Yellowstone space, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service units an annual harvest quota for the variety of trumpeter swans that may be harvested in Utah.

Just like final yr, there’s a federal quota of 20 trumpeter swans that may be harvested in Utah. The swan hunting season has been closed early for the past three years in Utah as a result of the federal quota for trumpeter swans was reached. Hunters with a allow can legally take one trumpeter or tundra swan; nonetheless, hunters who harvest trumpeters will now face a ready interval earlier than they’ll acquire one other swan allow.

In December 2021, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a rule that prohibits somebody from with the ability to apply for a swan searching allow for a number of years in the event that they harvest a trumpeter swan. Now, youths who harvest a trumpeter swan should wait three years till they’ll apply for a swan allow, and adults should wait 5 years.

The overall swan season runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 11. These with a swan allow might harvest just one swan throughout the 2022 season.

Avian influenza

High pathogenic avian influenza viruses are very contagious amongst birds and may trigger fast and excessive mortality in home birds, similar to chickens, turkeys and home geese. These viruses often kill wild birds, as effectively. The commonest wild birds impacted by the virus are usually waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and scavengers (which embrace birds like hawks, owls, ravens and vultures). There are often few signs in waterfowl and shorebirds, however the virus can kill raptors and scavengers rapidly.

As of Aug. 30, 2022, a complete of 44 birds and two purple foxes have examined optimistic for avian influenza in 9 counties. The birds contaminated with the virus in Utah embrace raptors and waterbirds, particularly Canada geese, nice horned owls, hawks, pelicans, turkey vultures, grebes, gulls and geese.

“We’ve got seen a number of instances of avian flu in Canada geese throughout the late summer time,” Stringham mentioned. “We’ve not seen any massive die-offs, so it hasn’t had a major affect on native populations up to now. Hunters ought to take precautions whereas out within the subject this fall, and if anybody finds a gaggle of 5 or extra lifeless waterfowl, they need to report it to the closest DWR workplace and completely be certain that to not contact the birds or decide them up.”

If you’re planning to hunt waterfowl this fall, listed here are some tricks to hold your self and your searching canine secure:


  • Don’t harvest, deal with or eat any animal that seems sick.

  • Discipline costume recreation animals in a well-ventilated space or outdoor.

  • Keep away from direct contact with the intestines.

  • Put on rubber or disposable latex gloves whereas dealing with and cleansing birds. Wash your palms with cleaning soap and water, and completely clear all knives, gear and surfaces that are available contact with the birds. Disinfect utilizing a ten% chlorine bleach answer.

  • Preserve your recreation birds cool, clear and dry.

  • Don’t eat, drink or smoke whereas cleansing recreation or dealing with animals.

  • All recreation meat must be completely cooked earlier than consuming (well-done or 165° F).

  • Canine are prone to HPAI, however do not typically present medical indicators. Although the chance of an infection is low, visit the DWR website to identify the locations with lively instances of avian flu in wild birds and keep away from these areas when utilizing retrievers. Seek the advice of your native veterinarian in case your canine displays any respiratory signs.

  • You probably have home poultry, hold them separated from the wild fowl carcasses you might have harvested, and don’t deal with poultry after dealing with wild birds.

For extra details about the present avian flu outbreak in wild birds, visit the DWR website. It’s also possible to view all the latest cases of avian flu in wild animals on the DWR web site.

Waterfowl administration areas

There are greater than 20 waterfowl administration areas (WMAs) all through Utah which might be owned and managed by the DWR. The WMAs opened to the general public on Sept. 15.

Hunters ought to be aware that the continued drought situations have decreased entry to among the WMAs and that searching shall be impacted at among the WMAs as a consequence of decreased water. For particular particulars and situation studies concerning the WMAs, visit the DWR website. Remember to verify the situations earlier than trying to launch an airboat.

“The water ranges on the Nice Salt Lake are at an all-time low, which has decreased meals sources for birds on the lake and within the surrounding wetlands,” Stringham mentioned. “Due to that, it is possible that waterfowl will migrate via Utah faster this yr, which is able to make searching tougher later within the season.”

Waterfowl Slam

If you would like so as to add some enjoyable and problem to your hunt, think about finishing the Waterfowl Slam. Hunters earn a slam by finishing completely different necessities, similar to harvesting a gaggle of species in a sure time interval or location. There are at the moment 10 slams with completely different ranges of problem, so you’ll find quite a lot of enjoyable, distinctive challenges. Together with making an attempt one thing new, hunters who full the slam can even earn colourful, collectible leg bands.

The cash earned from the slam is used to finish habitat-improvement tasks on the completely different WMAs throughout the state. Be taught extra concerning the Waterfowl Slam on the DWR website.

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Saturday afternoon session: Summaries from Latter-day Saint general conference

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The most recent discuss summaries and bulletins from the Saturday afternoon session of the October 2022 common convention of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Saturday morning session: Summaries from Latter-day Saint general conference

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Elder Dale G. Renlund — A Framework for private revelation

Revelation from God comes following particular pointers, Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, mentioned utilizing an instance of the need for pilots to comply with air site visitors controllers.

“After we function inside the framework, the Holy Ghost can unleash astonishing perception, path and luxury. Exterior of that framework, irrespective of our brilliance or expertise, we will be deceived and crash and burn,” Elder Renlund mentioned.

He specified that revelations for the church come solely by way of the prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, and church members can solely obtain revelation inside their very own purview.

Elder Renlund advised members they’re promised they’ll obtain revelation after they ask and mentioned members ought to ask for what is sweet and consider they’ll obtain. He mentioned they’ll search revelation with confidence about the place to stay, profession paths and who to marry — selections the place the duty is theirs.

“Feasting on the phrases of Christ, as discovered within the scriptures, stimulates private revelation,” Elder Renlund mentioned.

When a member has acquired private revelation already, they are often assured that God already answered the query. Elder Renlund gave an instance of asking to be forgiven.

“If now we have repented, been full of pleasure and peace of conscience, and acquired a remission of our sins, we don’t must ask once more however can belief the reply God has already given,” he mentioned.

Different instances, Elder Renlund mentioned, revealed path can come somewhat bit at a time and we needs to be open to additional revelation.

“I do know that the Holy Ghost can and can present you all issues that you need to do,” he mentioned.

— Emily Ashcraft

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Think you’ve heard a lot about the new COVID-19 booster shots?

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A COVID-19 booster vaccine is run by a Nomi Well being employee in West Valley Metropolis on July 14. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Simply over half of adults surveyed nationally say they’ve heard little or nothing concerning the first updated COVID-19 booster shot, and solely a few third have both already gotten the additional vaccine dose or are planning to roll up their sleeves anytime quickly.

The Kaiser Household Basis described the most recent findings from its ongoing KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Poll as suggesting there’s solely a “comparatively modest” consciousness of the booster dose now focused on the omicron subvariants, together with BA.5, at present circulating along with the unique virus.

That is regardless of a monthlong push by the federal authorities to get the photographs, seen by the Biden administration as the beginning of annual vaccinations to guard People towards a virus that’s not anticipated to go away though President Joe Biden just lately stated the pandemic is over.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, urged People to get the updated booster shot given last federal authorization at first of September “as quickly as you might be eligible in an effort to defend your self, your loved ones, and your group towards COVID-19 this fall and winter.”

There are two manufacturers of what is often known as a bivalent booster shot obtainable, Pfizer for individuals as younger as 12 years outdated and Moderna for these 18 and older. The brand new booster photographs will be given two months after the preliminary vaccine sequence or unique booster dose, or three months after a bout of COVID-19.

The brand new booster photographs may turn out to be available to children as younger as 5 as quickly as mid-October.

However based on the KFF poll, solely 17% of adults had learn or heard “quite a bit” concerning the new photographs, whereas 33%, stated they’d heard “some,” 31%, “just a little” and 20%, “nothing in any respect.” Slightly below half of the respondents who’ve already been vaccinated knew they might additionally get the up to date shot.

Nonetheless, 5% have already got been boosted with the up to date shot, and 27% stated they’d get it “as quickly as potential.” One other 18% wish to “wait and see” earlier than getting the booster shot, 10% will solely accomplish that if required, and 12% have made up their minds that they will not. The remainder weren’t eligible as a result of they hadn’t gotten their preliminary photographs.

The Kaiser Household Basis, a California-based nonprofit group specializing in nationwide well being points, performed the current poll Sept. 15-26 of 1,534 adults nationwide and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 share factors.

The outcomes come because the CDC reports just below 68% of individuals nationwide are thought-about absolutely vaccinated as a result of they’ve accomplished the preliminary vaccination sequence — two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or the just lately authorized Novavax vaccine, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson — and practically 49% have acquired a primary booster dose.

Utah’s vaccination rates lag behind, with lower than 64% of all Utahns being absolutely vaccinated and virtually 31% receiving a booster shot. Greater than two-thirds of Utahns will not be involved about contracting COVID-19, based on a brand new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll.

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