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DWR gives deer herd update

How many hunters will be hunting big game animals in Utah this fall? You can get an early idea by reviewing recommendations from Division of Wildlife Resources biologists. As he shared the proposals, DWR Big Game Coordinator Justin Shannon also shared some exciting news about Utah's deer herds.

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Green River 3-gun shoot competition

If you're a deadeye looking for a challenge, you won't want to miss the upcoming 3-Gun Shoot competition. The event will be held at the Green River Shooting Sports Park, east of town, on April 12. It starts at 10 a.m.

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It's time to catch hungry trout

Spring is an excellent time to fish for trout in southern Utah. As the water warms in the spring, fish become more active. They'll often go on a "feeding binge" of sorts, trying to make up for a lack of food during the winter months.

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Help needed to raise pheasant chicks

You can help conserve wildlife in Utah, and make this fall's pheasant hunt better, by adopting pheasant chicks, raising the birds, and then releasing them into the wild. In mid May, the Division of Wildlife Resources will obtain 2,500 to 3,000 pheasant chicks, both roosters and hens. The chicks will be only one day old when the DWR obtains them from a commercial bird grower.

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Rivers offer great spring fishing

Anglers are feeling the itch to get out and enjoy great weather and open water as ice leaves reservoirs. But, if you fish them before the runoff gets high, you'll also find great spring fishing in several rivers in northern Utah.

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Sand Hollow decontamination change

Effective immediately, boats leaving Sand Hollow State Park do not need to be decontaminated for invasive species. Located in Hurricane, Sand Hollow State Park is a popular destination for boaters and anglers.

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View strutting sage-grouse on April 5

The "bloop, bloop" sound that male sage-grouse make, as they strut on their breeding grounds, is one of the most unique sounds you'll ever hear in nature. You can hear and watch this ritual yourself at a free wildlife-viewing event in east-central Utah. The event will happen April 5 at Emma Park, about 13 miles north of Price.

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Catch big fish at ice off

A couple weeks of warm weather and howling winds have changed the face of reservoirs in the lower elevations of the Uinta Basin. This is good news for anglers. Ice off usually brings a few of weeks of great fishing — especially for larger fish.

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DWR hosts Loon Watch, April 5

A unique feathered flyer — known for its wailing, yodel-like call — stops in northeastern Utah every spring. You can learn more about the bird on April 5, as the Division of Wildlife Resources hosts its annual Steinaker Loon Watch.

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Open water and good fishing

Large bodies of water in north-central Utah — including Utah Lake, and Deer Creek and Yuba reservoirs — are now ice free. Now that the ice is off, several waters either are — or will soon be — providing some of the best fishing of the year.

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