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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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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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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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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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2014 youth chukar and partridge hunts

Utah's youth chukar and partridge hunts will see some exciting changes this fall. This year, the youth hunts will be longer. In the past, the youth chukar and gray partridge hunts ran for only one day. This fall, the hunts will run for three days: Sept. 20–22, 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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See kokanee salmon at Strawberry

You can see hundreds of bright red salmon — and possibly other wildlife, too — at the annual Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day. The free event will be held Sept. 20 at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) visitor center at Strawberry Reservoir.

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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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See kokanee salmon at Sheep Creek

If you visit Sheep Creek to see kokanee salmon on Sept. 20, make sure and bring binoculars or a spotting scope with you. You might see some bighorn sheep too!

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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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