Outdoor notebook: Officials consider changes for elk hunting

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Utah wildlife officials are considering two significant changes for elk hunting in Utah. The changes, which would reduce the number of opportunities to hunt bulls on limited-entry units and increase permits for spike bull in the state, will be discussed at a series of Regional Wildlife Advisory Council meetings being held across Utah this month.

The proposed changes can be found at www.wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings/next.php. Division of Wildlife Resources officials suggest interested parties and individuals study the proposals before attending the meetings.

The RAC meetings will be held March 16 at 7 p.m. at Beaver High School, 195. E. Center St., Beaver; March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main St., Green River; March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Uintah Basin Applied Technology College, 450 N. 2000 West, Vernal; March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Region Conference Center, 1115 N. Main St., Springville; and March 24 at 6 p.m. in the Brigham City Community Center, 24 N. 300 West, Brigham City.

The Utah Wildlife Board will consider input from the RAC meeting when making a final decision on the proposals during a meeting March 31.

Sense of Wonder Day

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge near Brigham City is hosting the Sense of Wonder Day in conjunction with the Fish and Wildlife Service Day March 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family activities will celebrate the beauty of the natural world with events like games, crafts, wetland walks and nature films. The refuge is west of Brigham City at 2155 W. Forest St. Visit www.fws.gov/bearriver/events.html for more information.

Free REI clinics

Alta ski resort president and general manager Onno Wieringa will be talking about the evolution of snow safety at the Little Cottonwood Canyon resort March 16 at 7 p.m. at the East Millcreek REI store, 3285 E. 3300 South. The resort gets an average of 547 inches of snow each winter. Learn how resort officials make the resort safe for skiers.

The Wild Utah Project staff will be on hand at the store March 18 at 7 p.m. to talk about the need to keep wildlife corridors and habitat intact as a way to deal with climate change.

Utah State Parks events

March 18 » The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal is hosting a lecture by paleontologist Andrew Milner at 7 p.m. on the St. George Dinosaur Trackway site. Call 435-789-3799.

March 20 » Antelope Island State Park near Syracuse is hosting an event on Utah's reptiles in conjunction with Hogle Zoo at 2 p.m. at the visitor center. 801-721-9569.

March 20 » Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway is hosting a program on owls from 10 a.m. to noon. Snowshoes are available for rent. 435-654-1791.

March 20 » Snow Canyon State Park near Ivins is holding a nature sketching event during a 1.5-mile round-trip hike at 10 a.m. No art experience is necessary. Bring a pencil and paper. Space is limited and registration is required. 435-628-2255.

March 20 » The Rock Cliff Nature Center at Jordanelle State Park near Francis is holding a birding on snowshoes event from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, and dress appropriately. No birding experience is necessary. Bring snowshoes or borrow a pair from the park. Preregistration is required. Rock Cliff is on the southeast side of Jordanelle Reservoir. 435-782-3030.

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