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Table of Contents RODEO Miss Rodeo Ogden................................. 5 Legacy Jr Rodeo...................................... 6 UHSRA Queen........................................ 7 UHSRA Schedules.................................. 8 UHSRA Student President....................... 9 UHSRA Officer Taylee Ackerman.......... 10 Evolution of Semi-Pro Rodeo................ 13

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Weber County Fairgrounds................... 14 Box Elder County Fairgrounds.............. 15

YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS

Jo Egelund Column............................... 16 Understanding 4-H................................17 Kari Byington Column........................... 18 Clever Clovers Club.............................. 19 Intro to FFA.......................................... 20 Weber County Jr Posse......................... 21 Drage Second Chance Ranch............... 24

ANIMAL CARE Successfully breeding your mare.......... 26

Welcome to the Western Wasatch As a member of the western community, born and raised into a rodeo family and now working in advertising/publishing, I realized there has been a voice that has been long unrepresented by mainstream media in this area. My goal is to celebrate a wide variety of events, organizations, hobbies, industries and people in the community, to bring awareness to the western way of life and the benefits and opportunities it brings to the youth. Thank you for taking a look! If you like what you read please share with your friends, send them to our website standard.net/western-wasatch-magazine and sign up for a free subscription. Thank you for the overwhelming love and support! Kendal Parker, Multi-Media Executive, Standard Examiner

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CLASSIFIEDS.................................... 27 AGRICULTURE LuAnn Adams Column.......................... 28 Market News........................................ 29 What exactly is NRCS........................... 29

LIVESTOCK Utah Cattlewomen’s 72nd Anniversary.30 Utah Beef Ambassadors........................ 31

HUNTING & FISHING

Collecting Shed Antlers........................ 32 New Utah DWR program...................... 33 Utah Wildlife Calendar.......................... 34 Time to apply for big game permits....... 35 Fish stocking reports............................ 36

WESTERN FASHION REPORT...38-39 SPECIAL FEATURES Scott Vanleeuwen poem....................... 40 Sam Lively column................................ 41

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Miss Rodeo Ogden Shianne Lowe inspires others to follow their dreams

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2019 Utah Rodeo Queen Contests March 9th - Whoopee Days Contest May TBA - Cache County Queen Contest rd March 23 - Eagle Mountain Pony Express May TBA - Miss Draper Rodeo Queen Contest Contest June 1st- Oneida County Queen Contest April 6th - Lehi Round Up June TBA - Summit County Fair Rodeo Queen April 27th - Miss Rodeo Ogden Contest April 27th - Springville Art City Days June 14-15th - Iron County Queen Contest May 2nd - St. George Lions Dixie Round Up June 14-15th - Weber County Junior Posse May 4th - Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days Queen Contest th May 4 - Miss Utah State Fair July 19-24th - Miss Rodeo Utah th May 18 - Dinosaur Round Up Queen Contest TBA - Hooper Tomato Days Queen Contest May TBA - Miss Rodeo Oakley

hianne Lowe knows how important it is to try hard and never give up on your dreams. On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Shianne Lowe was named Miss Rodeo Ogden. But this wasn’t her first rodeo. She has been involved in the rodeo scene her entire life and had competed for the title of Miss Rodeo Ogden five times before being named the new queen last spring. “My mom (Lindy) and dad (Davey) were both professional rodeo athletes. My dad was a bareback rider and my mom was a barrel racer,” she said, laughing softly. “And they always wanted to have a little girl that they would name Shianne (pronounced like Cheyanne) because that was a rodeo name.” Lowe started competing in pageants when she was just five years old, winning her first title at Hooper City’s Little Miss Tomato Days. From there her parents put her in rodeos where she found her love of rodeo queening. “We’ve had to give up a lot of sacrifices. Growing up my family has always had livestock and livestock requires a lot of work,” said the 24-year-old West Haven resident. “I remember asking my mom why we couldn’t go to Disneyland like all my other friends. She would tell me that every time we leave the driveway with the truck and trailer it’s like going to Disneyland because it’s really expensive. Now that I’m older I kind of laugh at that, because I understand.” Over the years, she’s learned a lot about hard work and perseverance because in rodeo you don’t al-

We prepare and try our hardest and sometimes it doesn’t work out, we don’t have the best of luck. But one thing about the rodeo, there’s always another one.” ­— Shianne Lowe ways win and that’s one of the best life lessons she’s learned from it. “We prepare and try our hardest and sometimes it doesn’t work out, we don’t have the best of luck. But one thing about the rodeo, there’s always another one,” she said. “I actually wasn’t going to compete again after winning first runner up my fourth year because it was very hard emotionally, physically, mentally. I had to think about it real hard.” When she decided to try one more time, that perseverance paid off and she was the new Miss Rodeo Ogden. As Miss Rodeo Ogden, Lowe feels so fortunate to represent the Ogden Community. She’s also involved with The Boys and Girls Club and the Utah Suicide Prevention Program and she presents at elementary schools about never giving up on your dreams. And sometimes the glittery boots, cowboy hat and colored jeans are put away, so Lowe can study and make some money. She is a full-time student at Weber State University, studying professional sales and marketing and is a cosmetologist at Textures Salon. Though she doesn’t know what’s next for her, she’s holding on tight to every moment life gives her. Western Wasatch - March 2019 5


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Legacy Jr Rodeo preparing young kids for bigger rodeo opportunities BY ANGIE ERICKSON STANDARD-EXAMINER

2019 Legacy Junior Rodeo Association Rodeo Schedule Tentative Rodeo Dates

Legacy Jr Rodeo Association began in Farmington, but is now located at the Tremonton Fairgrounds. It prepares young kids for junior high and high school rodeo. Kids as young as three-years-old start out doing little events like stick horse barrels, goat ribbon pulls, mutton’ bustin’’. As they get older, they do real horse events that prepare them for their future in rodeo. Legacy Jr Rodeo Association is open to anyone 15 and under. There are six rodeos throughout the year, with the first one happening on April 16. Other rodeos will be held on May 21, June 18, September 17, October 1 and October 15. Participants must register in advance. For more information visit ljrautah.com.

April 16, 2019 (Tuesday) Tremonton Fair Grounds May 21, 2019 (Tuesday) Tremonton Fair Grounds June 18, 2019 (Tuesday) Tremonton Fair Grounds September 17, 2019 (Tuesday) Tremonton Fair Grounds October 1, 2019 (Tuesday) Tremonton Fair Grounds October 15, 2019 (Tuesday) Tremonton Fair Grounds November 5, 2019 Banquet ***All Rodeos start at 5:30 p.m.***

Entry Due Dates April 2, 2019 May 7, 2019 June 4, 2018 September 3, 2019 September 17, 2019 October 1st, 2019

2019 Utah Youth Rodeo Dates & Deadlines Rodeo Date April 9

Entries Due March 26

April 28

April 9

(April 23rd Rodeo serves as March Rodeo)

Please send all entries to Lana McKee at 778 N. 400 East Lewiston, Utah 84320. Please check the entry due dates above. If entries are not postmarked on the above due date, there will be a late fee assessed. You may also pay at the previous rodeo for upcoming rodeos. General questions contact Dave Madsen at 801-721-8407 or entry questions contact Lana McKee at 801-518-9860. Age Groups (Age is determined by January 1st or the 9th grade) Events Stick horse barrels, goat ribbon pull, dummy roping, barrels, poles, goat tie, calf tie, breakaway, team roping, mutton bustin’, calf riding, steer riding, steer/saddle bronc, calf ribbon roping, mini bulls. Tie down roping will be offered for the 12-15 boys age group. Membership $50.00 Due on or before the 1st rodeo. Sponsorship $100.00 Due on or before May 7, 2019.

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Arena Location

May 14

April 30

May 28

May 14

(May 28th Rodeo serves as June Rodeo)

July 9

June 25

Finals Aug 8 By Invitation Only All Rodeos are held at the Golden Spike Arena, Ogden, UT. 5:00 p.m.

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My experience as the Utah High School Rodeo Ambassador I t’s spring time and that means rodeo season is here! Hello! My name is McKardy Kelly, I have had the unique opportunity to represent Rodeo as the Utah Jr. High School Rodeo Queen in 2017 and currently I am the 2018 Utah High School Rodeo Queen. I guess you could say that I love rodeo and the western lifestyle! Rodeo runs thick in my blood. My family considers rodeo a lifestyle. My father and grandfather are both rodeo announcers, my mom and grandma competed, and other family members have helped build a love for rodeo. How awesome is it that I get the opportunity to carry on this family tradition! Of course, the queen contest is my favorite event, however, I also compete in barrel racing and pole bending. As the UHSRA Rodeo Queen I am an ambassador for the incredible sport of rodeo and of course I get to represent the wonderful Utah High School Rodeo Association. Since being crowned in June at the state finals in Heber City I quickly realized that I am part of one of the most incredible and unique rodeo associations in the world! This year has opened so many doors for me, my life has been filled with endless leadership opportunities, and most importantly I have gained many new friendships. This July at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming the cowboys and cowgirls of Utah placed 2nd in the overall team standings and the Utah cowgirls placed 1st in the team standings. Go team Utah! This year Utah had the opportunity to host the NHSRA mid-winter meeting in February, what an amazing opportunity it was to meet and rub shoulders with student officers and adult leaders from around the country, it is so fulfilling to know that I am part of

an association with a bright future! Junior High and High School rodeo has something for everyone! The opportunities are endless, from the Queen Contest to Rifle and Trap Shooting, to Cutting and Reining Cow Horse events, and of course the traditional rodeo events. The NHSRA and the UHSRA embodies everything that we want our future leaders to be. One of my favorite quotes is, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” I strongly feel that the High School Rodeo Association does just that for the youth of today. High School Rodeo encourages goal setting and instills dreams in contestants. I believe there is not a better environment to learn determination and hard work. It is a great feeling to be in the rodeo arena while friends and family are cheering for you. If you are already a member of this association, I encourage you to stand a little taller. Be thankful that you get to participate in and be part of this amazing association. If you are contemplating becoming a member, do it! This is the neatest rodeo association, it is a place where your dreams can become reality. I would like to personally invite you to check out the opportunities that this association has to offer you by logging on to our website at uhsra.org. and don’t miss the Utah Jr High School Rodeo Queen contest held May 23, 2019 in Heber City, Utah and the Utah High School Rodeo Queen Contest June 1st , 2019 in conjunction with State Finals June 3-8 in Heber City at the Wasatch County Event Center. I hope to see you there! Dream big and work hard, McKardy Kelly 2018 UHSRA Queen

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High School Schedule

Junior High School Schedule CLUB

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Spikers 1

Ogden

March 29

Spikers 2

Ogden

March 30

Carbon

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April 12

Sanpete

Mt. Pleasant

April 13

Grantsville

Tooele

April 19

Longhorns

Tooele

April 20

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Spanish Fork

April 26-27

Juab – PERF

Nephi

April 26-27

South Summit Jr 1

Heber City

March 15, 2019

Bridgerland – PERF

Logan

May 3-4

South Summit Jr 2

Heber City

March 16, 2019

Bear River – PERF

Tremonton

May 3-4

Southern Utah 3

St. George

March 22, 2019

Wasatch – PERF

Heber City

May 10-11

Southern Utah 4

St. George

March 23, 2019

Morgan – PERF

Morgan

May 10-11

Wasatch Front 1

Tremonton

April 5, 2019

West Millard 1

Delta

May 17

Wasatch Front 2

Tremonton

April 6, 2019

West Millard 2

Delta

May 18

STATE FINALS

Heber City, UT

May 23-25, 2019

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June 3-8

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High school rodeo can be a life-changing experience I have loved horses ever since I was a little girl. I started taking horse riding lessons when I was six and slowly worked my way up into the 4H program. While doing 4-H, I enjoyed the western pleasure but found myself falling in love with the barrel racing and the pole bending. My family has been friends with a particular rodeo family for a very long time. This family introduced me to High School Rodeo. High School Rodeo has been a great place for me to grow in my favorite events from 4-H. Growing becomes a fun and incredible process when you are surrounded by people who have the same passion in the same events that you do. Being in the High School Rodeo program has also introduced me to many other fun events such as breakaway roping and cow cutting.

I have been given several amazing opportunities because of High School Rodeo. One of those opportunities being scholarships. The best thing that I have gotten from being a part of the UHSRA has been the opportunity to grow and learn. Not only have I learned how to compete better, I have learned how to be a better competitor and have better sportsmanship. I would highly recommend becoming a member of the High School Rodeo Association to anyone whether you are skilled with horses or not. You will find many ways to learn how to become and be a better horseman/horsewoman and become a good competitor at the same time. Sincerely, Your Utah High School Rodeo Student President- Amanda Butler

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How Junior High Rodeo helped me overcome challenges Dear Future UJHSRA rodeo contestant, My name is Taylee Ackerman, and I’m writing to tell you about my experience as a Utah Jr. High Rodeo Association officer. When I was about six years old I was terrified of horses. I wouldn’t go by them or even touch them. Then when I was about ten years old I was around horses more and I started to feel more comfortable around them. During my sixth grade year I started competing in Jr. High rodeo for Utah. I was very shy at 10 Standard-Examiner

the rodeos and I didn’t really talk to anyone. My entire life I have suffered from social anxiety. Being around people has always been hard for me. During the State finals contestant meeting the President at the time, Mark Butler asked if I wanted run for a student officer. I said sure, not really knowing what I was even saying yes to. Needless to say I got voted in as the Student Vice President! Now, I am currently the Student President of the UJHSRA. Being on UJHSRA has brought me out of my comfort zone, and brought me out of my shell. I

learned that it’s sometimes ok to be a little bit nervous. It’s taught me how to open up and talk to people, communicate more and just be myself! I have learned so much about this association. I have also made so many lifelong friends in addition to learning so much about rodeo history. My hope is that my own experiences will help you realize what a great learning and growing opportunity of being a member of UJHSRA can be! Best of luck, Taylee Ackerman

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The evolution of semi-pro rodeo The RMPRA was established in 2008 by Jim Mascaro and Ben Garman, two long-time stock contractors who wanted to continue the great sport of rodeo in Utah. From its beginnings in small towns and communities, the RMPRA has grown to be one of the largest rodeo association in the western United States. Sanctioning more than 40 rodeos every year, the RMPRA has more than 700 members and pays out more than $550,000 in prize money every year. The RMPRA continues to promote the sport of rodeo by bringing together some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the west and by offering great family entertainment in a western setting. The spirit of the American Cowboy and the American West continue to live strong in the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association.

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19th-20th - Double Dollar World Series Team Roping, Riding Arena 23rd - Utah Youth Rodeo Riding Arena/Golden Spike Arena 24th - Turn Pro Barrel Racing Jackpot Riding Arena 25th - Freed Team Roping, Riding Arena 26th-27th - Weber County Dairy Days Auction Arena 27th - Miss Rodeo Ogden Horsemanship Golden Spike Arena th 27 - Utah Quarter Horse Racing- Golden Spike Futurity- Finals, Race Track

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YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS

Cultivating youth, agriculture literacy BY JO EGELUND PAST FFA ADVISOR AND AG TEACHER

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Who likes to eat breakfast? How about lunch and maybe even dinner? Most of the world’s population would enjoy a good meal. My analogy of meal eating is that you are in support of agriculture. Yet a majority of folks know very little about the production of their food. Milk comes from where? Or what animal does hamburger come from? Our children are at a disadvantage when growing up in suburbia. Dr. Scott R. Mickelsen, President of Dawson College in Montana made the statement, 2019, “As more and more people are removed from where their food comes from, there lies a greater importance of educating through literacy efforts.” At this time, it is definitely important to give a simple definition of “Agricultural Literacy.” Agricultural literacy through education means helping people, young and old, understand the role agriculture plays in their everyday lives. Agricultural Literacy is an understanding the relationship between agriculture and the environment, food, fiber and energy, animals, lifestyle, the economy and technology. These are our Pillars of Ag Literacy. Agricultural literacy can be cultivated in any person, no matter the age or experience.” The Pillars of Agriculture can be found at https://www.agfoundation.org “Since the beginning of recorded time, agriculture producers have produced the plants and animals that feed the world’s population. People must have food to grow, work, reproduce, and enjoy life. The

Jo Egelund, past FFA advisor and agricultural teacher.

more people there are the more food is needed,” Dr. James Thomas, Professor Emeritus, Utah State University. It is the goal of the industry to help people understand where their food comes from and how it is raised and prepared in the safest manner for the consumer. [Mickelsen] Many local resources are available. It is time to start using those resources and allocating funds to educate our young folks, K-12, in the inner city. In simple words, Educate Our Young! We can learn more from those who work within or have degrees in agriculture. Please utilize your local ag. producers, ag. industry reps or extension specialists to obtain correct and up to date information. [Mickelsen]. Learn from a 4Her or FFA member! They are the strongest youth programs available. Just ask! Jo L. Egelund, M.S. Retired Teacher Agricultural Education


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Expanding your understanding of 4-H When you hear 4-H what comes to your mind? If you’re like most people you are likely thinking 4-H is only for those who have livestock and horses. Well, you are completely wrong. The livestock and horse programs are a big part of what 4-H offers, but there is so much more. 4-H is a Positive Youth Development Program that focuses on learning by doing.  Do you or your child like cooking? Interested in learning more about photography, gardening, sewing, or science? The list goes on and on. The best part is it’s for youth 3rd – 12th grade and there is a 4-H cloverbud program for youth kindergarten to 2nd grade. Joining 4-H is a great way for youth to learn lifelong skills and get involved with others in the community. What existing clubs are there for kids to join? ·Shooting Sports: Learn about equipment, outdoor skills, archery, shotgun, and rifle. · Sewing: Let your creative mind shine through with this fun club that teaches you how to choose the right sewing tools. · Horse: It doesn’t matter if you own a horse or not. If you’re interested in learning about equine science and horsemanship, this club is for you. Activities include educational nights, club meetings, horse shows, trail rides, and service. · Robotics: From what makes robots move to how they turn, this club teaches just how to do that. Learn the basics of the robotics world. Design one yourself and compete in challenge nights. · Get it all club: In Clever Clovers we learn a little about different project areas that are available in 4-H. From animals, to cooking to leadership, join our club to get a taste of what 4-H has to offer. · Teen Council: Are you a teenager and want to be more involved in the

community? Our teen group focuses on leadership and team building activities. All 8th-12th grade youth are welcome to join our Teen Council club. · Jr. Livestock: Are you interested in raising livestock? Youth are given the opportunity to develop leadership and social skills, as well as learning the responsibilities of caring and raising an animal for the fair. 4-H has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re in a farm or urban environment, 4-H has a project that will interest anyone and will encourage personal development.  To become a member, leader, or volunteer for Utah 4-H please contact the Weber County Extension office at 801-399-8202 or your local county extension office.

4-H members practice their archery skills as part of the Shooting Sports club.

4-H members compete in a horse 4-H show. Western Wasatch - March 2019 17


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Good advice for owning your first horse BY KARI BYINGTON LOCAL 4-H LEADER

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Kaydance Price shows her horse in a local 4-H competition.

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eing a 4-H leader with my husband Kim for the past 34 years, we get several phone calls asking us if we know any good horses for sale….cheap! Many people want a young, green horse to go along with their inexperienced child or grandchild so they can ‘grow together’! What a mistake! As a 15 year old novice, I bought my first horse for $115 from a horse trader in Bountiful. He had a whole pasture of broke 9 year old horses for sale. I could choose any one I wanted! I picked a 17 hand paint horse (who happened to be gaited) from the group because he was so ‘purdee’! Topaz refused to open his mouth, so I rode in a hackamore and galloped around the pasture at high speed (his favorite gait and mine)! Feeling very independent, I worked as a car hop to pay for his pasture fee of $15 per month and bought a $10 saddle. The only way I could get on Topaz was to climb up on a fence and jump over onto his back. We galloped all over the Bountiful hills! Many times I rode bareback since I was not very tall, and it was hard to reach up and get the saddle on! Showing off for friends one day, I saw Topaz lying down out in the pasture. I snuck up on him and climbed aboard without a saddle or bridle. Startled, he took off at full speed, made two laps around the pasture, then veered off heading straight for the irrigation stream. He jumped it in fine form and I flew off in the other direction, injuring my ankles, breaking my tailbone, breaking several ribs and bruising my shoulder. All of those injuries came back to haunt me later on in life! During those early years; I was bucked off, bitten, stepped on, kicked, run away with and learned a valuable lesson. Safety first! These could have

been avoided! Three year later, I sold Topaz to a family who thought he was ‘purdee’ as well for $105. They got a pre-purchase exam on him from a qualified vet and found he was in his mid-twenties! I felt embarrassed I had advertised him as a 12 year old! Shopping for a horse? Make a list of what you intend to do with him. Seek professional help in choosing the right animal, don’t fall for just a certain color (there are wonderful sorrels and bays out there)! Invest in a pre-purchase exam which could save you heartache down the road. Let the sellers ride the horse first for you, show up a little early and don’t make snap decisions! Paying a little more for a seasoned horse (especially for a child) can save thousands of dollars. Think seriously about having riding lessons FIRST for a while to get a feel for entering into the horse world with your eyes more open! As Will Rogers said, ‘Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgement!’

Youngster Chase Heiner rides his horse Buster in the Pioneer Days Parade.


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Clever Clovers fosters creativity, leadership Is Clever Clovers the club for you? Have you wanted to find out more about joining 4-H? Do you want a chance to try many different projects? If you answered yes to any of these questions you might consider joining our club. Many have heard of 4-H but are under the misconception that 4-H is only for Horse and Livestock individuals. Let me tell you 4-H is so much more. 4-H has many projects that focus on learning something new such as, leadership, creative thinking, STEM, and the use of talents. In Clever Clovers we learn a little about different project areas that are available in 4-H. We take all Weber County kids Projects created by Clever Clover members win 3rd-12th grades and give awards at the Weber County Fair. them a chance to try out several project areas, to July – We will be learning about help them find things that interest them. If they are interested in Leadership and ways that we can become involved in leadership and play a certain project area we will provide some team building games. contact information for clubs that August – This month we will invite specialize in that area. The club began meeting in October all to join us at the Weber County Fair and show off their projects. (the beginning of the 4-H year), but September – We will be ending we still have several projects planned our 4-H year and getting ready for for the remainder of the year. the next. We will receive our certifi March – We will be learning a cates of achievement, play games, craft. and have a small party. April – We will be learning about  The Clever Clovers club meets on Shooting Sports and try our hand at the 3rd Saturday of each month from making and using PVC pipe Bows. 12:30 to 1:30 at the USU Extension May – We will be learning about office. There is $10 enrollment fee to Rabbits and Cavies and other Pet be part of the 4-H program and a $10 projects that can be done with 4-H club fee to cover the cost of materials June – We will be using STEM cofor the 4-H year. We hope that you ordinators to try our hand and some will join us in our learning endeavors. STEM projects.

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A brief introduction to FFA FFA stands for Future Farmers of America and the name explains it all. This organization changes the lives of youth and prepares them for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA is not just for students who aspire to be farmers. The organization also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 669,989 student members as part of 8,630 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA. org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog. Today, FFA provides the next generation of leaders who will change the world. The top school-based youth leadership development in the nation, FFA continues to help young people rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. FFA members are our future leaders, our future food-suppliers, our future innovators and so much more! 20 Standard-Examiner

2018-2019 EVENTS CALENDAR UTAH FFA ASSOCIATION

Event registration typically opens 60 days prior to an event and closes 30 days prior to the event, unless otherwise specified. *Not official Utah FFA Association activities. Included for information purposes only. All dates are subject to change.

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Logan, Utah

June 1

Cedar City, Utah Saratoga Springs, Utah

June 29 June 29

Morgan, Utah

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JUNE June 11-12

UAAE Summer Conference*

July 10-11 July 17

Chapter Officer Leadership Training-Southern Chapter Officer Leadership Training-One Day

July 18-19

Chapter Officer Leadership Training-Northern SEPTEMBER

JULY

September 6-16

Utah State Fair*

Salt Lake City, Utah

August 14

September 25

SUU Judging Contest*

Cedar City, Utah

TBA

OCTOBER October 9

Snow College Judging Contest*

Ephraim, Utah

TBA

October 11 October 24-27

Utah Council of Farmer Cooperatives Quiz* National FFA Convention*

Lehi, Utah Indianapolis, Indiana

TBA October 2

Layton, Utah

TBA

Richfield, Utah

November 2

St. George, Utah

TBA

NOVEMBER November 15-16 Utah Farm Bureau Convention* Utah FFA officers visit the Utah State Capital. DECEMBER November 30 Utah Leadership Conference I

National FFA Week is a time forUtah FFALeadership to theConference summer program that focuses providing meals for the elderly who are December 7 II Logan, Utah November 2 members to share agriculture with on reaching out to at-risk youth at the in need. Peterson Academies TechnolDecember 8 Utah Leadership Conference III Logan, Utah November 16 their fellow students as well as their center. In Ohio, the Ohio Valley CTC ogy FFA is focusing on literacy during JANUARY communities. Chapters also give back FFA chapter will be working with Adams FFA Week, by teaching mothers to read January TBA Utah Farmer's Union Convention* Lehi, Utah TBA to their communities through service County Soil and Water to create a proto their babies at an early age. The Varies by Area Farm Bureau Discussion Meet* Varies by Area TBA projects during FFA Week. For example, gram to educate students and commuchapter will provide pamphlets on the Varies by Area Area Contests Varies by Area TBA during FFA Week the Abernathy FFA in nity members on the proper disposal importance of early literacy and then January 9 Wasatch Back Invitational* Heber City, Utah TBA Texas will be partnering with the Hub of used oil and fluids. In Iowa, the will donate gently used books to the FEBRUARY 2018-2019 EVENTS CALENDAR City Outreach Center to make sideRoland-Story FFA chapter is partnering University of Florida Health to distribute February TBA Farm Bureau Day on the Hill* Salt Lake City, Utah TBA walk chalkFFA that will then be donated with Meals on Wheels in packaging and at a local event. UTAH ASSOCIATION UACTE Midwinter Conference* EventFebruary registration1-2 typically opens 60 days prior to an event and closes 30 days prior to the event, unless otherwise specified. Febrary 8 UACTE Day on the Hill* *Not official Utah FFA Association activities. Included for information purposes only. February 8 to change. State Proficiency Award Judgin All dates are subject February 19 Date 22 February

June 11-12 March 14-16

2019 Utah FFA Association Events Calendar Northern Utah Invitational* EventInvitational* Broadview Vet Science JUNE MARCH UAAE Summer Utah FFA StateConference* Convention

March 28 July 10-11 July 17 April 10

Deseret Peak Invitational* JULY Chapter Officer Leadership Training-Southern APRIL Chapter Officer Leadership Training-One Day Utah Classic Invitational*

July 18-19 April 23-24

Chapter Officer Training-Northern Utah FFA StateLeadership Career Development Events SEPTEMBER MAY Dairy Cattle Handlers Utah State Fair*Activity

May 156-16 September September 25

Salt Lake City, Utah

SUU Judging Contest* OCTOBER

Spanish Fork, Utah Tremonton, Utah Location Layton, Utah Logan, Utah

TBA February 4 TBA

Register TBA By

Tooele, Utah Cedar City, Utah Saratoga Utah SpanishSprings, Fork, Utah

June 1 1 February TBA June 29 June TBA29

Morgan, Utah Logan, Utah

June 29 March 29

Richmond, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah

May 814 August

Cedar City, Utah

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The legacy of Weber County Jr Posse The Weber County Jr Posse was created in 1956 by the Weber County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse. They are still going strong and have seen many of their former posse members go on to do great things. Today, seven posses cover both Davis and Weber County, and usually have about 200 kids who participate. Posse is open to all those who are ages 7 to 18/current high school seniors. They compete in Barrels, Poles, Keyhole, 4-in-a-Row, Speed Barrels, Water Race and Grand Entry. Every year they have a Queen and All Around Cowboy contest. Many of their former members have gone on to compete in High School Rodeo, Professional Rodeo, and the Miss Rodeo Utah competition. The posses also compete every year at Cherry Days in North Ogden on the 3rd of July and in their Jamboree which is held the Saturday before the Pioneer Days Rodeos start. Members participate in the Horse & Hitch Parade and the Pioneer Days Parade as well. They are privileged to be involved in exhibition Barrel Racing during the Pre-Rodeo the first two nights of the Pioneer Days Rodeo and their Coca-Cola All Stars and Larue Enterprises Pole Benders compete for the belt buckle during the Pre-Rodeo. Events are always open to the public, so go check them out!

Kaydance Price competes at a Junior Posse Jackpot.

Members of the Coca-Cola Team ride in the Horse & Hitch parade as part of the Pioneer Days celebration.

Weber County Junior Posse 2nd Princess contestants wait for the awards to be announced. Western Wasatch - March 2019 21


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Ranch gives youth chance to be first-time horse owners Drage Second Chance Ranch (DSCR) is a 501c3 Nonprofit horse rescue, rehab and training facility in Northern Utah. We are located just a few miles up Weber Canyon, about 35 minutes south east from Salt Lake City, in Mountain Green. At DSCR our motto is Rescue, Rehab, Re-educate and Re-home! We focus on giving horses in need a second chance at life not only be rescuing them and getting them proper medical care but also by teaching them, finding something they are good at and giving them a job. We believe that if you really want to do a rescue horse a favor, train and educate it well. Make that horse so wonderful at it's job, so useful in its work, that it will never again find itself at the mercy of careless humans. We practice and train the horses that come through our rescue in natural horsemanship in both English and Western disciplines. One of the defining characteristics of our rescue program is that we include at-risk youth when working with these at-risk horses. We have a "Lease to Work" program in which low-income and at-risk kids and adults can work on the ranch as a ranch hand in exchange for leasing a rescue horse. Accepted applicants are paired with a rescue horse and receive education on how to care for, train and ride in exchange for their labor. We believe that both the humans and the horses involved in this program gain so much from the partnership. At DSCR, we believe that every horse and every human deserves a second chance. That is what we strive to provide to all who seek it. If you would like more information on how to get involved with DSCR, or would like information on how to make a tax-deductible donation to our program, feel free to contact us via phone, email or social media. Shaun & Jessie Drage, Drage Second Chance Ranch founders

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ANIMAL CARE

So you want to breed your mare? BY DAVID L. MOSS, VETERINARIAN NORTHSIDE ANIMAL CLINIC

Breeding horses can be a tricky business. A fertile mare can save a breeder a lot of time and money. Lets look at some things we can do to evaluate our mare’s fertility and optimize our breeding success. Physical condition and age can play a big part in reproduction. Mares that are too thin or that are excessively over weight are often difficult to get in foal. Rectifying these conditions prior to breeding will increase your success rate. The optimal age group for easy breeding in mares is 4 to 12 yrs. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get an older mare in foal. Just realize it may take more effort to get her bred. Reproductive conformation can play a part in breeding success. Mares that

have vulva’ s that are angled significantly off vertical (tipped) are more likely to have problems getting and/or maintaining a pregnancy. Uterine health can be evaluated by ultrasound, cytology, culture, biopsy, and other lab tests. Unless the mare has a history of reproductive problems or fails to get in foal after breeding one or two cycles I usually will rely on ultrasound for uterine evaluation.  Time of year can affect breeding. Most mares normally cycle from April to Oct. Breeders often want foals that are born earlier in the year. This can be done but it often requires putting them under lights for 60 days prior to breeding. Planning ahead and preparing your mare for breeding season can hopefully make breeding your mare a positive experience. Good Luck!! Dr. David Moss examines a mare at his clinic in West Haven.

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AGRICULTURE

Let’s roll up our sleeves and do what we do best BY LUANN ADAMS UDAF Commissioner

(Salt Lake City) – Last year was Utah’s driest year on record. As commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) and a rancher, I am concerned about the drought. But I am also filled with optimism. Let’s begin with the drought, Utah is prone to extremes in weather. But we’re innovating and adapting. Farmers and ranchers are using funds to improve water quality and technology that optimizes delivery. Droughts will continue but we’re getting better at conservation and management. Last year we faced some new international economic challenges. There’s still work to do but we are hearing of progress with our trade partners, and of other new and emerging markets. Utah producers are also pushing back against foreign competition, expanding into new markets and diversifying product lines. Last year, UDAF helped connect 35 Utah companies with overseas trade partners. Agritourism and farmers markets are booming. Corn mazes, petting zoos, and other farm experiences are taking the edge off farm income challenges. Consumers are clearly nostalgic and long for the rural lifestyle. I believe their demand for locally-sourced fruits and vegetables is part of that. Growers are introducing new varieties of fruits and vegetables and tilling new ground, previously thought to be less fertile. Last year, Utah State University researchers made progress on a fungicide that treats wheat blight, and UDAF’s invasive species program is carefully monitoring and 28 Standard-Examiner

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preventing the spread of insects that would compromise our entire ecosystem. Food waste continues to be an issue. Yet many large institutions (hospitals, schools, and business cafeterias) in Utah import food from outside the state for convenience. To correct this, UDAF is actively convening legislators, producers, and other community representatives to create a statewide food hub. Utah is one of only a few states without one, but the concept will merge and connect small producers with large institutions. Our farmers and ranchers are creative and not afraid of new technology and ideas. For example, some Utah dairies are embracing robotics, and other operations are using lasers, drones, and GPS systems to perform all kinds of tasks designed to save money and boost revenue. Despite the challenges, I hope you’ll join me in feeling optimistic. Our best years are ahead of us, and I am excited to roll up my sleeves and join you in doing what we do best.

Little Rangely Cornia looks on as her father Wacey works in the hay field at the family ranch in Randolph, Utah.


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Market News Hay 2018 Alfalfa prices closed 30% higher than the previous year with the state average at $175/ton. Other hay types were reported at $135/ton. Milk Milk prices continued to slide downward toward the end of 2018 decreasing from $17.50 per hundredweight in October to $16.80 per hundredweight in November.  Cattle Overall sales of livestock slowed during the winter months. For the month of January, the average price for a steer between 300 – 900 lbs. was $141.15 per hundredweight. The average price for a heifer between 300 – 900 lbs. was $123.86 per hundredweight for the same month.

What exactly is the Natural Resources Conservation Service?

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture. Our motto is “helping people help the land”. Our mission is to provide resources to farmers and landowners to aid them with conservation. Ensuring productive lands in harmony with a healthy environment is our priority. With operations in the United States, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam, our agency touches the lives of a diverse range of individuals. With seventy percent of U.S. land privately owned, partnership with private landowners is critical to health of our nation’s land. By providing assistance to these landowners, we help to cultivate productive lands and healthy ecosystems. NRCS succeeds through its partnerships, working closely with individual farmers and ranchers, landowners, local conservation districts, government agencies, Tribes, Earth Team volunteers and many other people and groups that care about the quality of America’s natural resources. Partnerships

allow our agency to expand the reach and depth of conservation. It is our duty to service the people by providing quality assistance to farmers and landowners to ensure we protect our nation’s lands. Two NRCS field offices serve Northwestern Utah: NRCS Ogden Field Office 2871 S Commerce Way Ogden, UT 84401 385-405-7259 NRCS Tremonton Field Office 85 S 100 E Tremonton, UT 84337 435-257-5403 At these field offices conservationists trained in Agronomy, Soil Science, Rangeland Management, Animal Nutrition, and other agriculture-related fields help local farmers and landowners find new ways to improve their operations while helping the environment. They provide information on new techniques and assistance in applying for funding for projects. We are always happy to sit down with a landowner and learn about their operation and see how we can help.

A cattleman’s daughter welcomes a new baby calf into the world during calving season. Western Wasatch - March 2019 29


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Utah CattleWomen’s Association celebrates 72nd anniversary BY NIKKI WESTON PRESIDENT, UTAH CATTLEWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION

Originally founded in 1947 as the Utah Cowbells, the Utah Cattlewomen’s Association was created to serve as an auxiliary to the Utah Cattlemen’s Association. We aim to promote the welfare of the beef industry, educate consumers on the healthy benefits of beef, and enhance community partnerships. The Utah Cattlewomen’s Association welcomes anyone who loves beef! Members do not have to live on a ranch or own cows to be involved. We seek individuals who want to learn and share the beef story. We seek to educate consumers on the importance of incorporating beef into a heart healthy diet, as it provides ten essential nutrients such as zinc, iron and protein. We strive to

help children, youth and adults throughout the state understand where their food comes from. Lastly, it is our goal to ensure our consumers know without a doubt that cattlemen and cattlewomen in Utah care about their health. We do everything in our power to make sure our cattle are humanely treated and well taken care of. In addition, by doing this, we are very conscious about the environment. Our best practices include being good stewards of the land. We have many opportunities to be involved, ranging from participating in a beef cook-off during the state fair, helping with Farm Field Days throughout various areas of state, helping judge the beef ambassador contest, and many more. For more information about joining the Utah Cattlewomen’s Association, please visit utahcattlewomen.org.

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Utah CattleWomen are hosting women from Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, California and Hawaii at the Sunrise Resort in Bear Lake May 6, 7 & 8. Anyone interested in the beef industry is invited.

Twenty Seventeen marks the 70th anniversary of the Utah C was founded February 1947 as the Utah Cowbelles. Edna Montgo

was created to be an auxiliary to the Utah Cattlemen's Association and t Industry, create friendship among members, and to help promote beef e

In 1986 it became the Utah CattleWomen’s Association. Th shall be to serve as an auxiliary to the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, an Beef Industry, and create friendship among the members.

We have had 40 presidents. Twenty Three as the Utah Cowbelles and S CattleWomen's Association. Take a look and see how we have expanded our reach.

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Want to be a Utah Beef Ambassador? T​ he Utah Beef Ambassador Contest will be held on March 23, 2019 at the Utah State University Stan Albrecht Agricultural Sciences building, located across the quad from Old Main. Applications are due March 9, 2019. We invite any Utah student between the ages of college freshman to college Juniors through age 25 to apply! Please spread the word to those you feel would be great ambassadors for the producers in our state! What is a beef ambassador?  The Utah Beef Ambassador program strives to provide an opportunity for young adults to educate consumers about beef; including beef nutrition, food safety, the

economic value of the beef industry, and stewardship practices of the beef industry. Our goal is to develop future advocates and leaders of the beef industry through beef promotion, communication, education, media, and training. We are seeking to find a beef ambassador team that will passionately educate and promote the beef production industry to consumers and youth throughout the state. Meet the Team Congratulations! 2018 Utah Beef Ambassadors: Kylee Taylor, Levan Alli Smith, Snowville Lindsey Johnson, Rush Valley Hawkan Cornia, Randolph

Below, at the State Fair after their demonstrations. Left to right: Barbara Wintch, UCAW 2nd VP; Nikki Weston, UCWA Pres. Elect; Kylee Taylor, Alli Smith, Lindsey Johnson, Hawkan Cornia, UBAP team; Deb Richards, UCWA President.

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Collecting shed antlers is a popular pastime You must complete a free online course before gathering shed antlers in Utah. The course is available online. Before you head out the door to collect shed antlers, though, you must complete the Division of Wildlife Resources’ Antler Gathering Ethics course. After dropping their antlers, male deer, elk and moose will grow a new set starting this spring. Gathering shed antlers DWR Captain Justin Shirley says gathering shed antlers is a fun activity that your whole family can enjoy. Please remember, though, that late winter and early spring is a tough time of year for deer, elk and moose. “During winter,” Shirley says, “big game animals, especially deer, often have a difficult time finding food. If you spook an animal and cause it to run, the animal has to use up fat reserves and energy it needs to make it through the winter.” Also, from late winter through early spring, the habitat big game animals rely on in the winter is usually wet. “Because the soil is wet,” Shirley says, “it’s more at risk to damage.” Fortunately, you can gather shed antlers without stressing the animals or damaging their habitat. “The free course will teach you how,” Shirley says. Print your certificate After you finish the course at wildlife.utah.gov/shedantler, you must do one of two things: Print your certificate of completion and then carry it with you while you’re gathering antlers. Take a screenshot of your certificate of completion and then store the screenshot on your phone or another mobile device. You must carry the mobile device with you, with the screenshot saved on the device, while you’re gathering antlers. If you have young children, and 32 Standard-Examiner

During winter, big game animals, especially deer, often have a difficult time finding food. If you spook an animal and cause it to run, the animal has to use up fat reserves and energy it needs to make it through the winter.” — DWR Captain Justin Shirley you’ve completed the course, your children don’t need to complete it — your certificate will cover your kids too. You must complete the course if you want to gather shed antlers before April 15. If you wait until April 15 or later to gather antlers, you don’t need to complete the course. After you’ve completed the course, you can gather antlers across Utah. There are two exceptions, though:

Many of the state’s wildlife management areas are closed in the winter and spring, to protect animals and their habitat. You must have written permission from the landowner before gathering antlers on private land. Antlers attached to a skull If you find a skull with the antlers or horns still attached, it’s possible the animal was poached. Do not pick up or

move the skull, or disturb footprints or other evidence. Instead, please take the following steps: •Take photos of the skull from a couple of angles •Pinpoint the location of the skull (preferably its GPS coordinates) •Report your find to a DWR office •Provide key details in your report The DWR will send a conservation officer to investigate. If it’s clear the animal died of natural causes, you might be allowed to keep your find. More information If you have questions about gathering shed antlers in Utah, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.


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New Utah DWR program great way to encourage others to join the hunt BY KEN G. ADAMS OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST

Being in the great outdoors is one of the premiere benefits of living in the pristine State of Utah. Over the decades hunters have ventured into our mountains taking with them not only their children and grandchildren, but other people, young and old alike, in pursuit big game. Today, these inductees are taking their own families and friends in the field each fall pursuing big game and making memories for a lifetime. For hunters born after December 31, 1965, the State required them to first complete the Utah Hunter Education Course before purchasing a hunting license or big game permit. Things have changed for the 2019 hunting season: The Division of Wildlife Resources is offering a new Utah Trial Hunting Program. This change provides a wonderful opportunity for hunters to introduce a family member, friend or neighbor to the outdoors while teaching them how to be a responsible sportsman and steward of the land prior to completing the hunter education course. This program allows anyone over the age of 12 to try hunting for a up to three years while accompanied by a licensed hunter over the age of 21. The 2019 Utah Big Game Proclamation explains that he hunter must be at least 11 years old to apply and at least 12 years old by the time of the hunt. The potential hunter will have to complete a brief orientation course and complete a short exam before being issued a trail hunting authorization number. The number is valid for three years during which time the applicant can complete the hunter education course. The next step will be to purchase a

Ken Adams, former principal, superintendent and outdoor enthusiast.

combination or hunting licenses (good for hunting all small game, including upland game and waterfowl). Permits available for application include: general-season deer, elk and pronghorn permits, bear, cougar, sage-grouse, sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, swan and turkey, and mitigation deer, elk and pronghorn permits Participants in the trial hunting program may not apply for or obtain the following types of big game permits: limited-entry, premium limited-entry, once-in-a-lifetime, CWMU, dedicated hunter, sportsman or one drawn at the hunting convention. The trial hunter must be accompanied by a hunter 21 years of age or older who possesses a valid Utah hunting or combination license. He or she will only be able to supervise no more than two trial hunters and must obtain written permission from the parent or guardian of any minor trial hunter. They will be expected to provide direct, con-

Kirk and Korbin enjoy a father/son moment.

tinual supervision and instruction on safety, ethics and hunting regulations. If the trial hunter fails to complete the Utah Hunter’s Education program within three years, their license and hunting privileges will be revoked. The DWR looked at similar programs from a variety of states before authorizing the new program. These states found them to work in helping promote increased numbers of hunters in the field. Of course, the traditionalist will still require their hunting partners to complete the necessary training before going afield, but for others, this is just what is needed to spark interest in the hunt for someone the care about. If you want to take advantage of this program for the General Deer hunt, you must hurry, time is running out. The deadline for applying for this hunt is March 7, before 11:00 P.M. If you miss the deadline you can still take advantage of the program though General Bull elk, antlerless and mitigation hunts.

Porter follows his father Chet’s footsteps as he learns to hunt.

Additional details about the program can be found on the Utah DWR site or by picking up a proclamation at your favorite sporting goods store or at a divisional office. You are also welcome to call or visit the DWR Northern Regional Office located at 515 E 5300 S. in Ogden. Western Wasatch - March 2019 33


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Utah Wildlife Calendar Wednesday, March 6 Black Bear Drawing Results Available

Wednesday, April 17 6:30 p.m. Southeastern Region RAC Meeting

Thursday, March 7 Big Game Application Period Ends

Thursday, April 18 6:30 p.m. Northeastern Region RAC Meeting

Friday, March 8 Last Day to Get a Permanent Bobcat Tag Last Day to Get Permanent Marten Tags

Thursday, April 25 Spring limited-entry turkey hunts end

Saturday, March 9 9:00 a.m. Swan Day 10:00 a.m. Swan Day Sunday, March 10 Light goose season ends Thursday, March 14 Black Bear Harvest-objective Permits Available Remaining Black Bear Permits Available Friday, March 15 Snowshoe hare hunt ends Thursday, March 21 Big Game Bonus & Preference Point Application Period Ends Deadline to Withdraw Big Game Application Saturday, March 30 Black Bear Harvest-objective Season Begins Black Bear Multi-season Limited-entry Season Begins Black Bear Spot-and-stalk Limited-entry Season Begins Black Bear Spring Limited-entry Season Begins Black Bear Spring Pursuit Season Begins Wednesday, April 3 Beaver & Mink Season Ends Tuesday, April 9 6:30 p.m. Central Region RAC Meeting Wednesday, April 10 6:00 p.m. Northern Region RAC Meeting Saturday, April 13 Spring limited-entry turkey hunt starts Monday, April 15 Shed Antler/Horn Certificate Requirement Ends Tuesday, April 16 5:00 p.m. Southern Region RAC Meeting

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Friday, April 26 Youth turkey hunt Saturday, April 27 Youth turkey hunt Sunday, April 28 Youth turkey hunt Monday, April 29 Spring general-season turkey hunt starts Thursday, May 2 9:00 a.m. Wildlife Board Meeting Tuesday, May 14 6:30 p.m. Central Region RAC Meeting Wednesday, May 15 6:00 p.m. Northern Region RAC Meeting Tuesday, May 21 7:00 p.m. Southern Region RAC Meeting Wednesday, May 22 6:30 p.m. Southeastern Region RAC Meeting Thursday, May 23 Northeastern Region RAC Meeting Saturday, May 25 Black Bear Summer Limited-entry Season Begins Thursday, May 30 Big Game Drawing Results Available Friday, May 31 Last day to purchase spring general-season turkey permits Black Bear Spring Limited-entry Season Ends Black Bear Spring Pursuit Season Ends Cougar Pursuit Season Ends Harvest-objective Split-unit Cougar Hunts End Limited-entry Cougar Hunts End


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It’s time to apply for your big game permit It might be the middle of winter, but it’s time to apply for a permit to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall. Jan. 31 is the first day to apply for a permit to hunt big game in Utah. Applications must be received no later than March 7 to be included in the draw for permits. Applications will be accepted starting Jan. 31. Your application must be received through wildlife.utah.gov, no later than 11 p.m. on March 7, to be included in the draw for permits. Starting Jan. 31, applications will be accepted for every big game hunt except the general-season bull elk hunt. General-season elk permits will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting July 16. Get a free guidebook Everything you need to know to apply for a permit is available in the 2019 Utah Big Game Application Guidebook. You can get the free guidebook at wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks, at DWR offices and from more than 300 hunting and fishing license agents across Utah. The Utah Hunt Planner When you’re thinking about hunting in a new area — or going after a species you’ve never hunted before — you have a lot of questions. The Utah Hunt Planner, an interactive, online map tool, gives you in-depth, hunter-focused information about all of Utah’s hunts. Use the Hunt Planner when you’re researching hunts you want to apply for — or use it after you draw a permit for a particular hunt — and learn the best spots to find animals, what the terrain is like in that area, if there’s a lot of public land in the unit and where the best access points are located. Division biologists keep the Hunt Planner up to date with the details you care about. Note: The Hunt Planner

works best on a desktop or laptop computer. View the Hunt Planner at wildlife. utah.gov/huntplanner. Big game web page Another great resource is the DWR’s big game web page. The page is available at wildlife.utah.gov/biggame. Once you arrive at the page, the following are among the items you’ll find: • Drawing odds in 2018 • Maps for the various hunting units • Information about the number of big game animals taken on the units since 2010

muzzle loader and rifle) on the unit you draw a permit for? You can if you join the Dedicated Hunter program. To give yourself a chance to join the Dedicated Hunter program, you must do two things. First, you must complete an online orientation course that teaches you more about the program. After you complete the course, you must then apply for and draw a 2019 Dedicated Hunter permit. To learn more about the program and how to join it, visit wildlife.utah. gov/dh.

Hunt all three deer seasons Would you like to hunt all three general deer hunting seasons (archery,

Applying for a point If you’re not going to hunt in 2019, you can still apply for a bonus point or

a preference point. Earning a point increases the chance you’ll draw a permit the next time you apply. Applications for a point will be accepted starting Jan. 31. Your application for a point must be received through wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m. on March 21. Please remember that you must have a hunting license or a combination license to apply for a point or a hunting permit. More information If you have questions about applying for a 2019 Utah big game hunting permit, call the Utah Hunt Application office at 1-800-221-0659 or the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office. Western Wasatch - March 2019 35


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2019 Stocking Reports Water Name County Species Quantity Average Date Length Stocked ASAY CR GARFIELD RAINBOW 3318 4.7 02/07/19 BAKER RES WASHINGTON RAINBOW 1507 10.43 02/20/19 JACKSON FLAT RES. KANE RAINBOW 1673 10.1 01/14/19 JACKSON FLAT RES. KANE RAINBOW 3645 10.1 01/14/19 JACKSON FLAT RES. KANE BROWN TROUT 541 16.47 01/23/19 JACKSON FLAT RES. KANE BROWN TROUT 24 21.26 01/23/19 JACKSON FLAT RES. KANE BROWN TROUT 260 21.26 01/23/19 JACKSON FLAT RES. KANE BROWN TROUT 71 21.26 01/24/19 JACKSON FLAT RES. KANE BROWN TROUT 367 18.91 01/24/19 LEIGH HILL RES IRON BROOK TROUT 342 18.74 02/14/19 MEADOW CRK P WEBER RAINBOW 209 20.75 02/13/19 MEADOW CRK P WEBER BROOK TROUT 308 18.74 02/13/19 RAZOR RIDGE P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 120 10.1 01/08/19 RAZOR RIDGE P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 134 20.75 01/31/19 RAZOR RIDGE P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 193 22.15 01/31/19 RAZOR RIDGE P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 118 11.63 02/04/19 SEVIER R, E FK GARFIELD RAINBOW 3318 4.7 02/07/19 SEVIER R, E FK PIUTE RAINBOW 3318 4.7 02/07/19 SKYLINE P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 406 10.1 01/08/19 SKYLINE P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 217 21.26 01/30/19 SKYLINE P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 107 22.15 01/30/19 SKYLINE P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 395 11.63 02/04/19 STRATTON P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 502 10.1 01/08/19 STRATTON P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 392 20.75 01/31/19 STRATTON P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 23 22.15 01/31/19 STRATTON P WASHINGTON RAINBOW 500 11.63 02/04/19 TOWA P, UPPER WASHINGTON RAINBOW 681 10.1 01/08/19 TOWA P, UPPER WASHINGTON RAINBOW 251 21.26 01/30/19 TOWA P, UPPER WASHINGTON RAINBOW 671 11.63 02/04/19 TOWA P. LOWER WASHINGTON RAINBOW 454 10.1 01/08/19 TOWA P. LOWER WASHINGTON RAINBOW 151 21.26 01/30/19 TOWA P. LOWER WASHINGTON RAINBOW 447 11.63 02/04/19 VIRGINR RIVER PARK POND WASHINGTON RAINBOW 287 10.1 01/08/19 VIRGINR RIVER PARK POND WASHINGTON RAINBOW 289 11.63 02/04/19 VIRGINR RIVER PARK POND WASHINGTON RAINBOW 241 20.75 02/14/19

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Weber River, Utah.

Laney Parker shows off her catch at Lake Viva Naughton, Wyoming.


Saving the Bear River Massacre site There were three major bands of Northwestern Shoshone at the time the first Mormon pioneers began settling northern Utah. Chief Little Soldier headed the misnamed “Weber Ute” group of about 400, who occupied Weber Valley down to its entry into the Great Salt Lake. Chief Pocatello commanded a similar number of Shoshone, who ranged from Grouse Creek in northwestern Utah eastward along the northern shore of Great Salt Lake to the Bear River. The third division of about 450 people, under Chief Bear Hunter, resided in Cache Valley and along the lower reaches of the Bear River. Bear Hunter was regarded as the principal leader of the Northwestern Shoshone, being designated by Mormon settlers as the war chief who held equal status with Washakie when the Eastern and Northwestern groups met. What became the Northwestern Band of Shoshone were parts of those groups who traveled largely on foot living off the land in a delicate balance. The expression So-sogoi means “Those Who Travel on Foot,” this expression was used to describe the band. The Northwestern Shoshone traveled with the changing season. They looked upon the earth not just as a place to live; in fact, they called the earth their mother-she was the provider of all they needed for their livelihood. The mountains, streams, and plains stood forever, they said, and the seasons walked around annually. The So-so-goi believed all things came from Mother Earth.

Massacre Site Saved On March 24, 2003, with the help of the Trust for Public Land (TPL) Tribal Lands Program, and the American West Heritage Center (AWHC), twenty-six acres of the Bear River Massacre site were donated back to the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation. AWHC initiated the project after completing, with tribal leadership, the planning and

design of a cultural and interpretive center at AWHC to help the tribe tell its story. The 26-acre site is in the Bear River Valley, near Preston, Idaho which itself is just north of the Utah-Idaho border. The site is comprised of two parcels, one of 19 acres and the other 7 acres, which TPL purchased privately.. "The massacre site is a sacred and holy spot because the bodies of the Shoshone were never buried, but were left to the wolves and the coyotes to devour. Therefore, it is good that it is finally being recognized and preserved. It is wonderful that the Trust for Public Land is helping save this land." Brigham Madsen Historian The Trust for Public Land, established in 1972, specializes in conservation real estate, applying its expertise in negotiations, public finance, and law, to protect land for people to enjoy as parks, greenways, community gardens, urban playgrounds, and wilderness. TPL has taken the lead as a national conservation organization to develop a tribal lands program, which will restore to tribes the ownership of lands that contain significant cultural, historical, and natural resource values. Across the nation, TPL has helped protect more than 1.4 million acres. "This is sacred land to us. It is the burial ground of our ancestors and it is deeply satisfying to have it protected," Bruce Parry, Executive Director Northwestern Band Shoshone "We've waited many years for this to happen, our dreams have become a reality today." Gwen Davis Northwestern Band Shoshone Tribal Chairwoman

Melody Parry, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone/Courtesy photo Pictured are, left to right, back row: Jeff Parry (Northwestern Band of the Shoshone), Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Darren Parry (Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Tribal Chairman), Idaho Governor Brad Little and Blum. Front row, left to right: Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Tribal Councilmen Michael Gross, Cale Worley and Dennis Alex.

Air Force pays respect at Bear River Massacre ceremony PRESTON, Idaho — Col. Aaron Blum, 75th Air Base Wing, represented Hill Air Force Base at the memorial ceremony hosted by the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Jan. 29 for the Bear River Massacre. The annual memorial was held northeast of Preston, Idaho at the site along the Bear River where more than 300 members of the Northwest Shoshone Tribe were killed in their winter camp on Jan. 29, 1863. The Bear River Massacre was the single greatest loss of Indian lives in American history. Idaho Governor Brad Little attended the memorial and made an official proclamation recognizing Jan. 29, 2019, as a day of remembrance to the Bear River Massacre. Western Wasatch - March 2019 37


WESTERN FASHION

Western fashion report What we would like to do with this section of this new and amazing Western Publication is to bring you some fashion articles that are fun to read January is the month many Retailabout and for you to see some new ers head to WESA. (Western English things that may interest you. Here are Sales Association) Held in Denver the some things I came away with from the middle of January, you will see people Market in January! from all over the world come and shop Traditional western is still huge and wholesale for their stores. Some will I believe it always will be. The western be shopping for the whole year at this shirt in plaids and solids that most wear time. This is where for everyday work the big companies and to show in. The and small start ups outdoor ranchwear, debut what is new for like vests and jackthe next season. It ets. The leather and is interesting to see fringe which I love! everything from traTurquoise and traditional western looks ditional silver is still to the newer more seen so much! For daring styles that have new items we saw a really caught on the lot of bright collast few years. One ors, bright colored of the highlights is the jewelry and belts. Friday night fashion The southwest looks show. You will see were big, beautifully what is new for the embroidered tops year and be able to and jackets, animal see the items styled prints like cheetah, Turquoise jewelry, has been a as they were meant to be. symbol of western fashion for leopard and snakeAnother fun thing is just skin seeming to centuries. watching what everyone be more and more there is wearing! You popular. Some basically can watch a fashion show beautiful feminine looks for ladies with everyday just by walking around. lace and flower prints. More jean and I remember a few years ago seeing boot companies with so many styles bell bottoms again! I don’t think it has and looks now than I have ever seen! caught on hugely in the western world More companies that were mainstream but you do see them a lot in the boustores coming over to the western martique’s and many of the jean companies ket and blending in. have a couple pair in their line. I see What I love about Western Fashion is them more in the colorful leggings in that there are so very many looks now! bright colors and animal prints. Last You can wear them all! Mix the new summer at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in with the old and really have fun! In Ogden former Miss Rodeo Utah and the next few issues we will let you know Miss Rodeo America, Chenae Shiner where to get these great looks, and Vest had a pair of denim bell bottoms show you some new trends and new that looked amazing! Of course she companies that you will want to see! could rock anything! Until then, Happy Trails! BY BECKY HOUGAARD Owner, Rockin’ Double H, Company Rep For Wyoming Traders

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World Champion tie-down roper and All Around Cowboy Tuff Cooper greets young fan Colton Loveland at the Denver WESA event. Below, denim still stands strong on the 2019 Western fashion runways.

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SPECIAL FEATURES A COWBOYS SAD LAMENT A cowboy always has his tack Add to that his boots and hat There’s one more thing that’s needed of course And that would be a damned good horse There’s another thing in a cowboy’s life Under the heading of trouble and strife This one thing will raise his ire And that one thing is a strand of barbed wire Not on a fence post where it should be But in some place you just can’t see It grabs at your horse and cuts her deep The results of the cut denies you sleep Of all the horses that get cut Seems like only the good ones have bad luck Maybe the bad horses just stand and stare While the good ones go wherever they dare One thing that’s fairly certain A deep cut can be curtains It brings tears to your eyes and paints a frown When the vet says, ‘Boys, we will have to put her down’ So one more good horse is laid to rest And a cowboy is forced to ride ‘second best’ Ridin’ second best will cause you anger And in some cases will put you in danger A bad wreck like rarin’ over Can put a cowboy beneath the clover So pick up all stray wire and put it away Save the life of a good horse and go ahead Make a cowboys day! ­— Scott Vanleeuwen

Cowboy Poetry submissions are being accepted to be featured in this Magazine. Send submissions to Kendal Parker, multi-media executive, at kparker@standard.net Photo by Adam Rubin

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“The Drop Offs” BY SAM LIVELY, RODEO CLOWN

As a kid, me and my siblings always had horses, and by golly that's how we got around. Sometimes we would ride to the gas station for a soda - sometimes just to a friend's house, but usually we would just ride for the sake of riding. There Isn't a street in Hooper we didn't cover. Of all the mountain peaks I've seen a horseback, every desert I've trotted across, from mesquite to sage, nothing compares to the sunsets I shared with friends and siblings. Back when I was just a boy, one of the many places we ventured was a place the Lively kids called “The Drop Offs.” It was the previous shoreline of the Great Salt Lake, where up above sat fertile farmlands full of wheat and alfalfa, while down below was fragmites, white clay, and a whole lot of water. Many deer made their homes in this western hide out. In this sanctuary, they could come up and eat the fertile crops the farmers grew then disappear down into the toolies . “The Drop Offs” were filled with game trails that we could ride our ponies through. We would wander the tall grass, throw cattail bombs at one another, and when the battle got real serious, we weren't afraid to go ahead and pull the bridle off another's mount. We would make memories as long as the sun stayed up. As soon as the Wasatch Peaks to the East began to get that peachy hue, we knew it was time to head back home. One by one along the game trails, we would march our ponies straight for home. Only making one stop; a stop next to a Russian olive tree on a point where a drainage ditch flowed into the marshland. We would all lineup side-by-side and gaze into the stunning sunset. The mosquitoes would start to bite as we watched the brilliant globe move from shades of yellow to red, dancing off the lake with every shade in between. The Russian Olive trees were filled with chirping birds on each limb, the cattails and toolies danced in the cool evening breeze, and even off in the distance a hawk circled about as he searched for his evening supper. By the time the top of the of the sun crossed the mountains, we were all one giant mosquito bite. Satisfied with

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how we’d spent our evening, we’d trot down the dirt farm roads back home. Now and then on a warm summers evening, when the burdens of adulthood weigh heavy on my shoulders, I’ll catch my pony. Bareback, I head west for my Mom’s house to find this old place from my childhood. An old cowboy once told me that every sunset is better than the one before. Life has made me understand what he meant when he told me that, for each day is a gift. But I can promise you, of every sunset I've seen, nothing compares to the ones I've witnessed between the ears of that flea-bit San Peppy gelding in my youth.  Rodeo clown Sam Lively

The Drop off’s at the bottom of Hooper, Utah.

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Western Wasatch March 2019 Edition  

The Western Wasatch is a Western Lifestyle Magazine. Our goal is to celebrate a wide variety of events, organizations, hobbies, industries a...

Western Wasatch March 2019 Edition  

The Western Wasatch is a Western Lifestyle Magazine. Our goal is to celebrate a wide variety of events, organizations, hobbies, industries a...