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Meet the Bats Night, July 18

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 18.

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See large fish-eating birds

You can see ospreys, in the air and on top of their huge nests, at the annual Flaming Gorge Osprey Watch. The free event will be held July 11 on the Dam Peninsula, next to the visitor center parking lot, at Flaming Gorge Dam in northeastern Utah.

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A quick Lake Powell, Deer Creek exit

The spread of quagga mussels in Lake Powell — and the possibility that the invasive invaders might be in Deer Creek Reservoir — have added to the time it takes boaters and anglers to leave both areas. But there's good news: if you do two simple things, before pulling in line to leave the area, you can reduce the amount of time it takes to be on your way

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Youth guided waterfowl hunt

If you're a young person, and you're interested in hunting ducks and geese — but you have little or no experience — Widow Maker Boats, the Utah Conservation Officers Association and Wasatch Widgeons have a deal for you: a free hunt guided by some of Utah's best waterfowl hunters.

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What to do if you find a fawn

It's not unusual to find a deer fawn or an elk calf in the woods — or even in town — this time of the year. If you find a deer fawn or an elk calf, the best thing to do is keep your distance and leave the animal right where you found it.

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Apply for grouse, crane permits

Even though summer has just begun, it's already time to start planning for three bird hunts in Utah this fall. Starting July 8, the Division of Wildlife Resources will accept applications for this fall's sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and sandhill crane hunts.

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Get ready for a long waterfowl season

Booming populations of ducks and geese should mean another long hunting season and a liberal bag limit in Utah this fall. On June 4, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved another 107-day duck and goose hunting season.

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Fun fishing that's close to home

Did you know that some of the best fishing in Utah might be only a few minutes from your home? Utah is home to 50 community fishing ponds. Most of the ponds are found in cities along the Wasatch Front (from Logan to Santaquin). Several ponds are also found in and near Cedar City and St. George.

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Learn how to float and fish

You don't need a big, expensive boat to get on the water and catch fish. Float tubes, pontoons and kayaks are less expensive alternatives. And they're fun to use. On June 18, you can learn how to fish from these hand-launched watercraft at a free seminar in Salt Lake City.

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Rattlesnake safety tips

Seeing a rattlesnake in your yard or in the wild can be a frightening experience. But it doesn't have to be. If you respect the snake and give it some space, there's almost no chance you'll have a negative encounter with it. Here are some tips for what to do if you see a rattlesnake.

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