A few of Utah's junior high and high school students could be fishing with some of Utah's best fishermen and win a fishing trip to Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The trip includes an overnight stay, meals, fishing tackle and instruction from pros and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers.

To qualify, a student must submit a 300- to 500-word essay by April 30.

The subject is why fishing is special and important, and what can be done to protect it in the future.

In May, one winner in each grade — 7 through 12 — will be selected for the free trip.

The contest is sponsored by the Utah Conservation Officers Association. For more information visit and to submission visit


Those who applied for a 2008 Utah big-game hunting permit should know the results by April 30.

Those who fail to draw will have a second opportunity on June 12 when general bull elk permits go on sale.

Those who applied should receive an e-mail and a letter by April 30. Those who do not receive notification can learn by logging onto the DWR's Web site — or by calling 800-221-0659.

Draw results will be available by 8 a.m. on April 30. Those permits not taken will be on the 2008 big game remaining permits list also on the Web site. The list will also be posted by April 30.

Some general season buck deer permits for the Northern Region and statewide general archery buck deer permits are usually still available after the draw.

Last year, all of Utah's general archery buck deer permits were gone by July 23. Northern Region general rifle and muzzleloader permits sold out on Aug. 21.

A total of 12,300 any bull elk unit permits, and 11,000 spike bull elk unit permits, will be available on June 12. For more information call 800-221-0659 or 801-538-4700.


The 11th annual Spring Cycle Tour in West Yellowstone is scheduled for May 10.

The 64-mile route travels through two states, over two mountain passes and winds around three lakes.

The Spring Cycle Tour supports the Yellowstone Park Foundation, Yellowstone ESCAPE, a project that provides day-use educational programs for school groups.

Riders of all abilities are welcome to participate. Feed stations are strategically placed, and vans will patrol the route to give fatigued cyclists a ride when needed and to provide mechanics to help with repairs.

A spaghetti dinner at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort will be held at 6 p.m. To register visit


The 14th annual Utah Tree Climbing Championship will be May 9 and 10 in Provo.

Competition consists of five events — work climb, aerial rescue, belayed speed climb, secured foot lock and throw line. There will also be a tree climbing event for children.

This year's winners will receive $100, and the master's challenge winner will receive $1,000 toward the cost of attending the 2008 International Tree Climb Competition in July.

For a registration form and information, visit or call 801-568-2916 or 801-971-0795.