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DWR to release 11,000 pheasants

If it's been years since you hunted pheasants, it's time to grab your gun and head afield. More than 11,000 pheasants will be released on 56 public hunting areas during Utah's upcoming pheasant hunt. The hunt opens on Nov. 1. But you don't have to hunt that day to get in on the action — pheasants will be released before each weekend of the hunt (except Thanksgiving).

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Get close to mule deer, Nov. 1

November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to get close to mule deer without spooking them. Instead of worrying about humans, mule deer bucks spend their energy breeding or fighting other males. To take advantage of this time of year, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 1.

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Collect bands and coins while hunting

If you enjoy hunting waterfowl or upland game in Utah, you can add something fun to your hunt while helping the birds and animals you pursue. This fall, the Division of Wildlife Resources is offering seven Waterfowl Slams and seven Upland Game Slams.

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Scaled quail released in Utah

Forty quail in southeastern Utah recently welcomed 200 new friends. On Oct. 3 and Oct. 8, biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) released 200 scaled quail in San Juan County.

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Encouraging anglers to keep fish

To encourage anglers to keep more fish, the Wildlife Board recently approved several rule changes for the 2015 season. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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DWR to hold administrative checkpoint

On September 1, 2014, concerned citizens reported two dead fawn deer to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. An investigation at the scene revealed that both fawns had been shot and left to waste.

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Fewer condors exposed to lead

How do you save an endangered California condor? Provide it with a clean and healthy food source. That's exactly what hunters in Utah and Arizona have been trying to do over the past few years. And it looks like their voluntary efforts might be paying off.

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Number of bucks as good as last fall

As the start of Utah's most popular hunt — the rifle buck deer hunt — draws closer, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have good news to share: in almost every area of the state, the number of buck deer will be similar to, or better, than it was last fall.

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Youth get first crack at pheasants

Oct. 11, 12 or 13 might be the best time this fall to take a young person pheasant or quail hunting in Utah. The state will host its annual youth pheasant and quail hunt on those days. Those who are 17 years of age or younger will have Utah's pheasants and quail all to themselves.

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Tips for rifle buck deer hunt

Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — begins Oct. 18. If you're one of the lucky hunters who has a permit for the hunt, getting prepared now — by gathering materials and gaining knowledge — is the key to a safe and successful experience.

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