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Apply for a turkey hunting permit

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state's turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring. Applications to hunt wild turkeys during Utah's limited-entry hunt will be accepted starting Dec. 4.

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Trout saved in Minersville Reservoir

Richard Hepworth couldn't stand the thought of seeing the big trout in Minersville Reservoir disappear. And neither could the organizations and individual anglers he approached for help.

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Wild turkeys doing well in Utah

One of the best times of the year to see turkeys is almost here. And so is a chance to apply for a turkey hunting permit for spring 2014.

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See bighorn sheep on Dec. 7

You can see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep up close at the annual Bighorn Sheep Watch. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free event on Dec. 7 along the Green River in southeastern Utah.

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You can keep more fish

Starting Jan. 1, you can have more fish in your freezer at home. And you won't be required to eat fish you catch at waters that have catch-and-kill regulations. Those changes are among several fishing changes members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved at a meeting on Nov. 7. The changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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Discuss wildlife at public meetings

Several wildlife-related items, including minor changes to the rule that regulates the take of cougars in Utah, are among items you can learn about and comment on at an upcoming series of public meetings.

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Pheasants still being released

Thousands of pheasants were released in Utah before the state's general hunt started Nov. 2. And the pheasant releases aren't over. Between now and the end of the hunt, thousands of additional pheasants will be released on Thursdays or Fridays, just in time for hunters heading out for the weekend.

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Still time to complete waterfowl slam

There's still time to be among the first waterfowl hunters ever to complete one — or all — of Utah's waterfowl slams. And while you're in the marsh completing the slams, you can do so knowing all of the money you gave to participate will be used to improve waterfowl habitat and make hunting even better in Utah.

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Swans are flying into the marshes

In just eight days, the number of tundra swans in Utah more than tripled. On Oct. 28, more than 6,600 swans were spotted during a survey Blair Stringham flew over marshes on the northeastern shore of Great Salt Lake.

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49 bighorn sheep transplanted to Utah

Forty nine bighorn sheep have a new home in southern Utah. Using a helicopter, capture specialists captured the sheep near Lake Mead in Nevada. As soon as the sheep were certified "disease free," they were again flown by helicopter to an area east of Bullfrog, Utah.

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