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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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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.

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Youth get first crack at pheasants

On Oct. 12 — three weeks before the regular pheasant and quail hunt starts in Utah — those who are 15 years of age or younger will have the state's pheasants and quail all to themselves. That's the day Utah hosts its annual youth pheasant and quail hunting day.

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Bull elk permits are almost gone

Permits to hunt bull elk in Utah this fall are almost gone. On the morning of Sept. 26, the following general elk permits were still available:

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Possible fishing, hunting license change

If you're 14 to 17 years old, you might not have to pay as much to fish or hunt in Utah next year. On Aug. 22, the Utah Wildlife Board approved several fishing and hunting license changes. If the Utah Legislature approves the changes during its 2014 session, the changes would likely go into effect July 1, 2014.

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Hot fishing, cooler temperatures

Despite a dry year, this fall will bring great fishing to Utah as the weather cools down and water levels rise. Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, has consistently seen fall produce some of the biggest catches and fastest fishing of the year.

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You're the key to fighting poaching

You might not know it, but you're the key to fighting poaching in Utah. "You're crucial to our law enforcement efforts," says Captain Rick Olson with the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We need your eyes, your help and your support.

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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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Low oxygen leads to dead fish

Don't be surprised if you see some dead fish in Utah this summer. For example, in the past two days, about 600 fish have died at Strawberry Reservoir at an area called the Ladders.

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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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