Last Updated Nov 24, 2014 10:27AM

For the first time in decades, some families will be sitting down to the ultimate locavore Thanksgiving feast: a fresh wild Utah turkey. The state Division of Wildlife Resources this fall reopened a turkey hunt that went defunct 30 years …

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  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Gunnison sage-grouse, strut on a lek near Monticello, Utah, Wednesday, March 22, 2012. Feds list Gunnison sage grouse as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act
    The Gunnison sage grouse will be listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday...
    Updated Nov 12 2014 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Signs at Rainbow Bridge National Monument have been changed to insert the word Rainbow Bridge trail closed for repairs in January
    Boaters traveling to Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area the first month of 2015 will not be able to visit the popular Rainbow Bridge ...
    Updated Nov 11 2014 09:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Slot canyon near Goblin Valley State Park.  Photo by Jason Bergreen. Is possible San Rafael Swell state park another Utah land grab?
    To some, it might look like a land grab. Emery County and Utah State Parks leaders are collaborating on a plan to designate about one-tenth of the San...
    Updated Nov 11 2014 05:16 pm   |     |   Share
    The Magic Of Theatre For the Children Of Utah, And It’s Absolutely Free!
    “There is a magic that happens when you’re seeing great, live, local theatre,” Jenifer Nii said. “There’s this thing that happens deep inside your che...
    Updated Nov 18 2014 02:33 pm   |     |   Share

    Flaming Gorge Reservoir burbot netting report - steep decline in numbers, but it is a good thing
    Ryan Mosley, Flaming Gorge Project Leader for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, sent in this report on burbot netting. Remember, burbot are non...
    Updated Nov 07 2014 01:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Brett Prettyman  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Where in Utah was this photo taken? Email your guess to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win a book Where in Utah was this photo taken? Email your guess to outdoors@sltrib.com
    This week • Email your guess as to where this photo was taken, along with your name and address, to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win the book “...
    Updated Nov 23 2014 10:50 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)  
The top of Sand Mountain looking down at the Little Sahara campground. Little Sahara's sand hills, including 700-foot-high Sand Mountain, are a draw for off-road vehicle operators. State lawmaker wants to take over BLM-managed Little Sahara
    Three years after a blistering report from the state auditor questioned management practices of Utah State Parks, some legislators think the agency is...
    Updated Nov 03 2014 09:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Brian Anderson (right) takes a hike after work in the fading sunlight, with his family along the shoreline trail, Thursday, October 23, 2014. Left to right, Sue, Nick, and Mac, Sam, and Brian Anderson. Utah hikers, bikers and skiers push back on daylight saving change
    Brian Anderson cherishes his time outdoors. Several times a week after work the East Millcreek resident heads for the surrounding foothills, rivers o...
    Updated Oct 31 2014 10:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Approximately 3,000 native Bonneville cutthroat were released in Mill Creek in Mill Creek Canyon, Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Native cutthroat return to Utah’s Mill Creek
    Mill Creek Canyon • Small silver flashes mingled with the remaining red and yellow leaves of fall in Mill Creek Wednesday as pure strain Bonneville cu...
    Updated Nov 03 2014 12:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Riders drive bison during the annual bison roundup at Antelope Island State Park, Friday October 24, 2014. Yee haw! Bison rounded up on Antelope Island
    One of Utah’s fall traditions — the Antelope Island Bison Roundup — wraps up today. The 28th annual roundup started Friday as approximately 250 regist...
    Updated Oct 25 2014 11:27 am   |     |   Share
  • This July 22, 2014 photo provided by Vince Swagerty, shows Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (AP Photo/Vince Swagerty) Yellowstone reports record number of visitors
    Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. • Yellowstone National Park is reporting a record high number of visitors in October. Just over 194,800 visited the p...
    Updated Nov 09 2014 04:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rachel Geerdes carries a tree out of the forrest, as The Geerdes Family spent the day looking for Christmas trees in the Uinta Mountains near Evanston Wyoming.    Brett Prettyman/The Salt Lake Tribune)     11/30/2007 Permits available for cutting your own Christmas tree
    The one Christmas tradition almost everybody agrees on is the tree. Picking one the entire family is satisfied with is another story. Why limit your s...
    Updated Nov 08 2014 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Dylan Brown  |  Courtesy 

Kendall Farnsworth, Petrified Forest State Park manager, left, and Aaron Hall, lower right, and John Allred, both southwest region state park maintenance crew members, help Mike Abbott, also a maintenance crew member, position the backhoe, before moving the ballroot of a 40-foot petrified conifer tree near Escalante, Utah, Tuesday morning. The conifer tree was being moved from BLM land to the Petrified Forest State Park. State tries to tempt tourists with petrified tree
    Escalante Petrified Forest State Park has one of the best collections of petrified wood in a natural setting in the country. But not everyone who stop...
    Updated Oct 24 2014 10:04 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Colby Crossland

Colby Crossland, of Spinner Fall guide service on the Green River, caught this fish after suddenly finding some time to wet his own line when scheduled clients cancelled. Fishing karma at its finest. Hook Shot: Look what I caught after the clients canceled
    Colby Crossland, of Spinner Fall guide service on the Green River, caught this fish after suddenly finding some time to wet his own line when schedule...
    Updated Nov 05 2014 05:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • State wildlife managers suggest hunt changes for 2015
    Just as Utah’s deer hunt is set to end, state wildlife officials are announcing proposed changes for 2015. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has...
    Updated Oct 29 2014 11:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)                
Lee Snelgrove, the mayor of Francis, with his son Curtis Snelgrove and daughter Tiffany Snelgrove pause while loading up their off road vehicle near Kamas, Saturday, October 19, 2012. The general season rifle deer hunt opened at dawn Saturday with a new format that limits hunters to one of 30 units instead of one of five regions in the state. More than 52,000 are expected to be in the field. Utah’s deer population healthier than in other states
    When 62,000 Utah deer hunters take to the field Saturday, they will see something hunters in other Western states will not: more deer. While surround...
    Updated Oct 20 2014 09:39 am   |     |   Share
  • This undated photo taken from an Instagram posting shows an overlook of Crater Lake in Oregon with a rock painting. The National Park Service is investigating paintings and drawings of eerie faces found on rocks across the West in some of the country’s most recognizable wilderness areas, including Crater Lake. (AP Photo/Instagram) Graffiti-like paintings at National Parks need painstaking removal
    A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say the...
    Updated Oct 31 2014 08:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah bounty hunters kill 7,041 coyotes in a year
    Utahns killed slightly fewer coyotes in the second year of the Mule Deer Preservation Act, but the $50 bounty paid for each animal is only one piece o...
    Updated Oct 25 2014 10:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Giant culvert fished out of Colorado River
    Three Moab river expedition companies teamed to fish a huge metal culvert out of the Colorado River. People first spotted the culvert along the river ...
    Updated Oct 09 2014 04:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rebecca Cherf is photographed next to her dog, Yosemite, at a viewing area at Yosemite National Park, Calif., Monday, Oct. 20, 2008. Tourists seeking to capture one of the most photographed scenes on earth, the long look past Yosemite Valley's granite icons to Half Dome seven miles distant, no longer have to dodge cars to do it. A $3 million redesign of the viewing area where tourists emerge from the Wawona Tunnel to the vista that provided Ansel Adams one of his trademark photographs has created a destination worthy of its surroundings. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Yosemite solving its bear problem by educating the animals — and visitors
    Yosemite National Park, Calif. • It wasn’t that long ago that a trip to see Yosemite’s spectacular granite cliffs and splendid waterfalls was a descen...
    Updated Oct 10 2014 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Park Service approves improvements for Yellowstone’s Lamar Ranch
    Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. • The National Park Service has approved a plan to make infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranc...
    Updated Oct 10 2014 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • 10 fun tidbits about Canyonlands on its birthday
    Canyonlands National Park celebrates its 50th birthday Friday, so we’re taking a look at the Utah gem. President Lyndon B. Johnson made Canyonlands th...
    Updated Oct 10 2014 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  •  | Courtesy Brian Raymond

A view from the Ute Mountain Fire Lookout Tower taken during the rededication event in September, 2014. Outdoors: Lookout Tower getting another facelift
    Lee Skabelund lived in the middle of nowhere in the summer of 1964. At least he didn’t have a long commute to the office. Each morning Skabelund woke ...
    Updated Oct 22 2014 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A dignified Mr. Wilson, 4, a Sharpei-Basset hound mix wears wings and painted toe nails at Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt annual fundraiser at Liberty Park helps to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats, September 13, 2014.  Gallery: Strut Your Mutt sashays in Salt Lake City
    Dog owners and their prized pets convened Saturday for Strut Your Mutt in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. The annual festival included contests, dog co...
    Updated Oct 10 2014 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • This April 20, 2014, photo shows bison grazing along a state highway near West Yellowstone, Mont. Montana's top wildlife officials on Wednesday  April 23, 2014, sought to scale back expectations for a state-wide bison conservation plan following a backlash from ranchers opposed to restoring the animals to their historical habitat. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown) Man fined $1K for flying drone in Yellowstone National Park
    Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. • An Oregon man has acknowledged flying an unmanned aircraft near bison and over Yellowstone’s crowded Midway Geyser B...
    Updated Oct 15 2014 11:06 am   |     |   Share
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