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Tips for a safe archery hunt

Archers can stay safe during this year's archery hunts by following a few, simple rules. Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 16. Kirk Smith, Hunter Education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says every year, he receives reports of archery hunters injuring themselves.

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Release fish the right way

Summer is an important time to catch and release fish properly. Proper catch and release is especially important when temperatures are reaching the hottest they'll be all year. As the water warms, the amount of oxygen in the water declines. Less oxygen makes it harder for fish to recover after fighting with an angler.

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Bobcat hunting changes

Wildlife biologists are recommending changes that could result in more chances to take bobcats in Utah this fall. The recommendations would also result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season. During the 2013–2014 season, a total of 330 cougars were taken.

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Biologists see Utah condor chick

It's official: a pair of California condors are raising a chick in Utah. Biologists were hoping a pair of California condors had hatched an egg. Their hopes were realized on June 25 when a condor chick made its first appearance on the edge of a nest.

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Meet the Bats Night, July 26

You can get up close and personal with as many as five species of bats at a special "Meet the Bats Night" in southeastern Utah. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free event on July 26 at the Ferron Canyon Picnic Area.

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See mountain goats in unique terrain

On Aug. 2, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Goat Watch on the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver. You could see as many as 100 mountain goats, and you might not need binoculars to see them. At some past viewing events, goats have gotten as close as 35 feet to those viewing them.

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Saving fish in Gunlock Reservoir

Water levels in southwestern Utah are the lowest they've been in years. Many of the reservoirs are at critically low levels. And some of the streams are barely flowing. The water levels have gotten so low that DWR biologists are doing something different to save some fish.

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Guided waterfowl hunt for youth

If you're a young person who's interested, but has little or no experience hunting ducks and geese, the Division of Wildlife Resources, the Utah Conservation Officers Association and the Utah Waterfowl Association have a deal for you — a free hunt guided by some of Utah's best waterfowl hunters.

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Utahns urged to practice safe boating

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the Division of Wildlife Resources is encouraging all water enthusiasts to help prevent the spread of the 'STD of the Sea' by 'Practicing Safe Boating' on Utah's waters.

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Great fishing at high-elevation waters

You can beat the heat, have fun and enjoy breathtaking scenery by grabbing your fishing pole and heading to Utah's mountains. High-elevation waters provide some of the state's best summer fishing.

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