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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. 1.

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A few more pheasants this fall

A few more pheasants should be available to hunt in central and northern Utah this fall. And good numbers of quail should be available to hunt in various parts of the state. Utah's pheasant and quail hunts start Nov. 3.

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Fewer deer being killed

Two wildlife crossing structures have allowed more than 300 deer to cross safely under two busy roads this year. The two crossings—one in Box Elder County and one in Summit County—are just two examples of crossings across Utah that are reducing the number of deer that are hit and killed by vehicles.

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Keep more fish at Manila Creek pond

Starting Oct. 11, you can keep up to eight fish a day at Manila Creek Park Pond in Pleasant Grove.

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Youth get first crack at pheasants

Young hunters will be the first hunters to pursue Utah's most popular upland game bird this fall. On Oct. 13—three weeks before the regular pheasant hunt starts—those who are 15 years of age or younger can hunt pheasants in Utah.

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Rifle deer hunt starts Oct. 20, 2012

The general rifle buck deer hunt—Utah's most popular hunt—starts Oct. 20. More than 52,000 hunters, along with their family and friends, are expected to be in Utah's backcountry that day.

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Lots of water, plenty of ducks

Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, has some great news to share about this fall's waterfowl hunt: "All of our waterfowl management areas are loaded with ducks right now — especially pintails."

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Rifle deer hunt permits still available

If you want to participate in this fall's rifle buck deer hunt—but you don't have a permit yet—wildlife officials have some great news: More than 1,300 permits are still available to hunt in northern Utah.

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Plenty of bull elk in Utah

Utah's 2012 general rifle bull elk hunt kicks off Oct. 6. And permits for the hunt are almost gone.

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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 rifle buck deer hunt, getting prepared now—by gathering materials and gaining knowledge—is the key to a safe and successful hunt.

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