Deer hunt shortened

For most hunters, Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — will be shorter in 2010.

By a 4-to-2 vote, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a recommendation to shorten Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt from nine days to five days for hunters who are 19 years of age or older on Aug. 21. (Aug. 21 is the first day of the state's 2010 general archery buck deer hunt.) Hunters who are 18 years of age or younger on Aug. 21 can hunt for nine days.

The following are the dates the board approved:

19 years of age or older: Oct. 23-27.

18 years of age or younger: Oct. 23-31.

Also, on five units where buck-to-doe ratios are lower than 15 bucks per 100 does — the Cache; Ogden; Oquirrh-Stansbury; South Slope, Vernal; and Monroe units — the rifle hunt will run for three days: Oct. 23-25.

The board did approve a DWR proposal to allow general archery hunters to hunt across the state during the entire general archery season in 2010.

For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.

Passes make great gifts

Looking for a special holiday gift?

Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season with a Utah State Parks annual pass.

Passes for the 2010 season are now available. Permits sell for $75. Utah residents 62 years and older may purchase a Senior Adventure Pass for $35, which offers the same benefits as the annual pass.

Passes allow the cardholder and up to seven guests in the same vehicle day-use access to most state parks. Passes are honored at all state parks except This Is the Place Heritage Park. Passes do not cover the Davis County causeway fee at Antelope Island State Park and are good for one rider/machine only at Jordan River Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area.

Annual park passes are for day-use entrance fees and provide a $2 discount off overnight camping. Passes may be purchased at any state park, region office, online at stateparks.utah.gov and at the Utah State Parks Administrative Office located at 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.

For more information, please call 801-538-7220 or 877-UT-PARKS.

Learn to ski, snowboard

PARK CITY — Utah residents can learn to ski or snowboard at Park City Mountain Resort for only $25.

The StartNOW program gives first-time skiers and snowboarders the skills they need to experience Utah's slopes and includes:

Afternoon ski or snowboard lesson and lift access (1-4 p.m.), ski or snowboard equipment rental plus, with the StartNOW bounceback offer, participants can return four additional times during the season for only $25 per day (their choice of afternoon lesson, lift access, equipment rentals or any combination of the three).

The program is open to Utah residents, ages 6 and older, who are first-time skiers or boarders only. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

Learn a snow sport month

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has officially declared January 2010 as "Learn a Snow Sport Month" in the state of Utah.

Wednesday's declaration is in conjunction with a national effort to promote the learning of snow sports during the month of January.

For the second year, alpine resorts, nordic centers and state and national parks in 32 states will offer special packages for local residents to learn to alpine ski, cross country ski, snowboard and snowshoe. Utah has served as a leader in this initiative and will once again be offering great beginner deals with its Lucky 13 promotion. Utah's 13 alpine resorts have put together special, affordable packages for Utah residents.

Runners' clinic planned

BOUNTIFUL — The South Davis Road Runners will host a mingle and education clinic Saturday at 9 a.m. after their group run at 8 a.m.

Julie Thomas, winner of the 2009 St. George Marathon, will be presenting the clinic. She was also featured in the December issue of Runners World magazine and will be talking about her experience as a top-level runner in Utah. She is also the mother of six children. All community members are invited to attend.

RSVP by e-mailing [email protected]. Mingles are held on the second Saturday of each month following the group run. All education clinics are free of charge.

To learn more visit www.sdroadrunners.com or call Lora Erickson at 801-299-1601.