|Piute Reservoir Rainbow Trout|
A lot has been going on with the great weather the past couple of weeks, and I'll try to highlight the best of that news here today. OK, maybe this first report isn't the best news, but important none the less. Mike Hadley, of the Utah DWR sends us a fairly discouraging report on the gill net surveys from Piute Reservoir conducted a couple of weeks ago:
|Piute Res. Smallmouth Bass|
Piute has struggled for quite a few years, but showed great signs of coming back around 2007. This is a big setback, but hopefully the introduction of predator fish will help this lake out.
The early (draw tag) turkey hunt is in full swing! Opening weekend was a tough one for hunters, as they were met Saturday morning with blizzard-like conditions for a few hours, followed by a couple of days of cold temperatures and fog. Hopefully we start to hear some success stories this week! Remember, if you would like to get in on the general season turkey hunt, those tags are available over-the-counter now. That hunt starts the at the end of April, 30th and ends May 31st. Check out this article on the Utah DWR website for more details: http://wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/news/42-utah-wildlife-news/770-statewide-turkey-hunt-starts-soon.html
I have heard a few individuals getting pretty excited for the big game drawing results, thinking they come out in April again this year. A follow-up check of the big game guidebook confirmed what I thought, the results will not be posted until May 31st this year. Sorry guys!
To end with today, I have some more great viewer submitted shed photos! It seems like either the shed hunting is slowing down, or people are getting busy/burnt out! I'm not seeing nearly as many photos in the past weeks, however on the disappointing side I have not seen nearly as many elk sheds this year. Keep those photos coming if you do happen to make it out!
About 2 weeks ago I was able to hit the field with Spenser Owens of Panguitch. We had a fairly good day in a spot we haven't spent much time in yet this year. Finding the elk this year has been a battle, and we feel pretty good that our next trip to this area in a couple of weeks could be a lot better. Check out this sweet deer Spenser picked up right alongside the trail!
We only found 1 elk shed on the day, and a few smaller buck antlers, but it was a great day covering some amazing (and very rough) country in southern Utah. Thanks Spenser!
|First find of the day|
Spenser is having some great luck this year! Check out a few more of his finds! Here's also one of Mike Marshall of Panguitch, on a trip with Spenser.
|Spenser is having a good year for sure!|