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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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