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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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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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Waterfowl Slam launches in Utah

This year, waterfowl hunters can help improve Waterfowl Management Areas (WMAs) while putting a feather in their cap. The Utah Waterfowl Slam challenges hunters to harvest specific types of waterfowl during the 2013–2014 season.

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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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4,250 muskies stocked in Utah waters

More than 4,200 tiger muskies have a new home in Utah. On Aug. 23, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources stocked 3- to 5-inch tiger muskies into three reservoirs in the state.

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Rifle buck deer hunt almost here

Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — starts Oct. 19, 2013. More than 60,000 hunters, along with their family and friends, are expected to be in Utah's backcountry that day. If you have a permit for the hunt, here's what you can expect to find when you go afield.

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Board approves cougar hunting rules

Hunters took 331 cougars in Utah during the 2011–2012 season. And they're on pace to take that many again during the current season, which ends Nov. 10, 2013. On Aug. 22, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved hunting rules that should result in about the same number of cougars being taken during the upcoming 2013–2014 season.

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Tips for the rifle buck deer hunt

If you're one of the lucky hunters who has a permit for the general season rifle buck deer hunt, getting prepared now is the key to a safe and successful experience that takes advantage of all that deer hunting has to offer.

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