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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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