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Cold weather means hot burbot fishing

Interested in catching 25 to 50 fish in a couple of hours? Last fall, some anglers did even better than that at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Their secret is fishing for burbot from boats in the fall.

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Still a chance to hunt cougars

If you don't obtain a limited-entry cougar hunting permit this year, no problem — you can still hunt cougars in Utah. Permits to hunt on harvest-objective units go on sale Nov. 5, 2013.

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Get close to mule deer

November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to get close to mule deer without spooking them. Instead of worrying about humans, mule deer bucks spend their energy breeding or fighting other males. To take advantage of this time of year, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 16.

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Hunting changes to be discussed

Archery deer and pronghorn hunting might be allowed on some of Utah's waterfowl management areas in 2014. And eight different areas in Utah might receive transplanted mule deer. This change is among several changes Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are proposing for Utah's 2014 big game hunts.

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Big trout at Scofield Reservoir

Scofield Reservoir is always a good place to fish in late fall. But this fall, the chance of catching a big tiger or cutthroat trout might be better than ever.

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11,000 pheasants released in Utah

If it's been years since you hunted pheasants, it's time to grab your gun and head afield. More than 11,000 pheasants will be released on public hunting areas during Utah's upcoming pheasant hunt. The hunt opens on Nov. 2. But you don't have to hunt that day to get in on the action — pheasants will be released throughout the hunt.

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Catch big brown trout in NE Utah

Beautiful fall colors aren't the only reason anglers are fishing Red Fleet, Starvation and Steinaker reservoirs right now. Many of them know fall is one of the best times of the year to catch brown trout — especially big brown trout.

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Hunters help California condors

A non-lead ammunition program has been greatly expanded in southwestern Utah this year. The program should reduce the number of California condors that get lead poisoning after eating the remains of big game animals. In addition to knowing they've helped the birds, hunters who use non-lead ammunition on the Zion hunting unit will be eligible for prizes.

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Great fall fishing in north-central Utah

Anglers in north-central Utah will be happy to learn that fishing is great at several waters right now. Mike Slater, regional aquatics manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources, says October and November are peak months for fishing.

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Utah's most prized big game permits

You can apply for next year's most prized Utah big game hunting permits — 2014 sportsman permits — starting Oct. 29.

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