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Pheasants still being released

Plenty of days are still available to hunt pheasants in Utah. And thousands of birds are still being released. Utah's pheasant hunt runs until Dec. 7 and hundreds of pheasants will be released on Thursdays or Fridays — just in time for hunters heading out for the weekend.

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Wild turkeys doing well in Utah

Did you know that Utah has a thriving population of wild turkeys? More than 20,000 turkeys live in the state and Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to see turkeys in the wild.

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Gunnison Sage-grouse decision

A decision to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act could hurt the bird more than help it, says the director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "Placing the bird under the oversight of the federal government will greatly reduce our ability to help the bird," says Utah DWR Director Greg Sheehan.

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Utah prairie dog still protected

A recent court decision has left some in southern Utah wondering whether the Utah prairie dog — a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act — is still protected in the state. The answer is yes. Although the court ruling invalidated federal protections on state and private lands, Utah prairie dogs are still fully protected by Utah state law.

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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 — 2015 sportsman permits — starting Oct. 28. Only Utah residents can apply for sportsman permits.

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Swans are flying into the marshes

Tundra swans are starting to migrate through Utah in good numbers. During an aerial survey on Nov. 4, Blair Stringham spotted more than 12,600 swans on marshes on the northeastern shore of Great Salt Lake.

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Recommended hunt changes for 2015

New opportunities might await deer and elk hunters in Utah in 2015. You can see all of the changes Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are recommending for the 2015 big game hunts on our website.

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Conference on future of Weber River

It's a puzzling picture: as the population in northern Utah grows, so does the demand on its water. That includes the water in the Weber River and its many tributary streams. How can a finite resource — a river of water — meet the needs of a growing human population?

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Bucks brought through check stations

If you have a Utah rifle buck deer permit, but you haven't taken a buck yet, don't give up. Based on the number of deer that were brought through Division of Wildlife Resources check stations during the opening weekend of the hunt, the number of bucks in Utah is similar to, or higher, than it was last 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. 6, 2014.

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