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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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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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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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Apply for a cougar hunting permit

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in soon. Applications for hunting permits will be accepted until 11 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2014.

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Don't wait to get an elk permit

Permits to hunt bull elk in Utah are going fast. The general rifle bull elk hunt starts Oct. 4. If you'd like to participate in the rifle hunt, or the general muzzleloader hunt that starts Oct. 29, you need to get a permit soon

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Buy elk-control permit, take a cow elk

The number of hunt units in Utah, on which you can take a cow elk while you're hunting for an animal with antlers, keeps climbing. This fall, wildlife biologists have identified 12 areas in Utah where more cow elk need to be taken.

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Watch migrating birds of prey

Thousands of hawks, eagles and other birds of prey fly through Utah's crisp, clear skies every fall. You can see the birds, and learn more about them, by attending Utah's annual Raptor Watch Day.

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Duck, goose & swan hunt starts Oct. 4

Utah's general waterfowl hunt starts at 6:58 a.m. on Oct. 4, 2014. The number of Canada geese produced in Utah is the second highest in the past 10 years. And duck hunters can expect plenty of birds to migrate through the state.

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Take a young person duck hunting

Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have Utah's marshes — and the ducks and geese that go with them — all to themselves on Sept. 20. That's the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt. And this year, even young people who haven't completed a Hunter Education course can participate through a new program offered in Utah.

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Chukar numbers up from last year

There's good news about Utah's general partridge hunt, which starts Sept. 27, 2014 and runs until Feb. 15, 2015. The number of chukar partridge in Utah keeps climbing. And the number of gray partridge is the best it's been in Utah in several years.

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