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Least chub to stay off endangered list

Twenty years of hard work were rewarded recently. On Aug. 25, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that least chub — a tiny fish found only in Utah — is doing well enough that it doesn't need to be listed on the federal Endangered Species list.

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Cottontail numbers highest in 5 years

If it's been awhile since you hunted cottontail rabbits, this fall might be the perfect time to pick up a shotgun or a small-caliber rifle and head afield. Rabbit numbers are the highest they've been in five years.

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Upland Game Slams start in Utah

If you enjoy hunting upland game in Utah, you can add something fun to your hunt while helping the birds and animals you pursue. This fall, seven Upland Game Slams will start in the state. Each time you complete a slam, you'll receive a colorful Upland Game Slam "coin."

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No limit on archery elk permits

If you haven't obtained an archery big game hunting permit yet, no problem—there's still a chance to hunt in Utah this fall. Permits for Utah's general archery bull elk hunt are not limited in number. You can get one anytime between now and the end of the Sanpete Valley extended archery elk hunt on Dec. 31.

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Bobcat hunting changes

Wildlife biologists are recommending changes that could result in more chances to take bobcats in Utah this fall. The recommendations would also result in hunters taking about the same number of cougars this season. During the 2013–2014 season, a total of 330 cougars were taken.

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Buck numbers look good this fall

With the start of Utah's first major hunt of 2014 just days away, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have good news: in almost every area of the state, the number of buck deer will be similar to, or better, than it was last fall.

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Biologists see Utah condor chick

It's official: a pair of California condors are raising a chick in Utah. Biologists were hoping a pair of California condors had hatched an egg. Their hopes were realized on June 25 when a condor chick made its first appearance on the edge of a nest.

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Tips for a safe archery hunt

Archers can stay safe during this year's archery hunts by following a few, simple rules. Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 16. Kirk Smith, Hunter Education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says every year, he receives reports of archery hunters injuring themselves.

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See mountain goats in unique terrain

On Aug. 2, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Goat Watch on the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver. You could see as many as 100 mountain goats, and you might not need binoculars to see them. At some past viewing events, goats have gotten as close as 35 feet to those viewing them.

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Release fish the right way

Summer is an important time to catch and release fish properly. Proper catch and release is especially important when temperatures are reaching the hottest they'll be all year. As the water warms, the amount of oxygen in the water declines. Less oxygen makes it harder for fish to recover after fighting with an angler.

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