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Catch perch, win prizes

You can catch tasty yellow perch, eat a free lunch and win prizes at the first Fish Lake Perch Tournament. More than $3,500 in prizes will be awarded. And the tournament is completely free; just show up and catch all the perch you can.

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Cold ice means hot fishing

January and February don't have to be dreary months. Visiting a frozen pond, reservoir or lake can brighten your day in a flash. That's right — those "crazy" people you see standing on the ice, at waters across Utah, aren't so crazy after all. They've found a fun way to get outside, breathe some fresh air and catch lots of fish.

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Bear population is growing in Utah

At a meeting on Jan. 5, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved some new hunting opportunities in Utah. The new opportunities are hoped to reduce incidents of black bears coming into conflict with people and livestock in 2015.

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Gray wolf killed near Beaver

A coyote hunter accidentally shot and killed a radio-collared northern gray wolf near Beaver on Dec. 28. As soon as the hunter realized the animal he killed wasn't a coyote, he contacted the Division of Wildlife Resources.

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Capturing pronghorn in southern Utah

As the sun peaked over the mountain tops on Dec. 16, the sound of helicopter blades pounded across the sage flats south of Loa and Bicknell in south-central Utah. The sound of the choppers was a sure sign that biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources were conducting a pronghorn capture in Wayne County.

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400 elk at Hardware Ranch

Wild elk are in the meadow at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. That means for the first time this winter, you can take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the middle of the herd. On Dec. 27, Marni Lee, assistant manager at the Hardware Ranch WMA, said cold weather had pushed about 400 elk into the meadow.

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Condor chick updates

Program biologists from The Peregrine Fund and Zion National Park have confirmed that two California condor chicks have left their nests and taken flight in northern Arizona, but hopes of a third chick successfully reaching the fledgling milestone in southern Utah have been dashed by a lack of visual observation. The third chick was Utah's first wild-hatched condor chick.

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Uintah Basin ice fishing clinics

This January, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is offering the free ice fishing clinics in the Uintah Basin. If you'd like to learn how to catch fish through the ice, two ice fishing clinics — and an ice fishing seminar — will show you how.

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DWR launches massive patrol effort

This winter is not a good time to try to kill a mule deer illegally in Utah. Conservation officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources are focusing massive patrol efforts on ranges on which deer congregate in the winter. Officers are conducting the patrols for one reason: to protect Utah's mule deer from poachers.

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Chukar hunting gets better in winter

The onset of winter is good news for chukar hunters. Once snow starts to fall, the birds concentrate in smaller areas. That makes it easier to find the birds. Also, fortunately, chukar partridge live in some of Utah's driest areas. That means you won't have to worry as much about getting your vehicle stuck in snow, or hiking through deep snow, like you might while participating in other hunts.

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