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Antler hunters: Stay on roads & trails

Utah's Antler Gathering Ethics course started as a way to reduce wildlife harassment and habitat damage caused by those gathering shed antlers. The mandatory course, available online, started in 2009. The number of people who have completed the course and participated in shed antler gathering has grown. Unfortunately, recent actions by some who gather shed antlers is still a concern.

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See hundreds of tundra swans

Seeing and hearing just one tundra swan is enough to take your breath away. Imagine seeing and hearing hundreds of them. You can at Tundra Swan Day. On March 15, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host Utah's annual Tundra Swan Day. Admission is free. The event will be held at the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area west of Corinne.

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Time is running out

Time is running out to submit your application to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall. Applications to hunt big game — including deer — are due through wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m. on March 6.

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See mountain goats

When the snow gets deep in the winter, mountain goats along the South Slope of the Uinta Mountains move down onto ridges that are exposed to the sun. The southern sun and steep terrain provide a great wintering area for the goats — and a unique viewing opportunity for people.

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Bighorns return to Goslin Mountain

Bighorn sheep are back on Goslin Mountain. On the morning of Jan. 30, a small herd of 23 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were released at Dripping Springs. The herd includes 13 ewes, five lambs and five rams.

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General turkey permits on sale now

If you want to experience the thrill of hunting a strutting, gobbling tom turkey, but you don't have a hunting permit yet, no problem — permits for Utah's general turkey hunt go on sale Feb. 20, 2014.

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Learn how to fish through the ice

Lake trout are among the fish you might find on the end of your line at an upcoming ice fishing clinic. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free clinic at Fish Lake on Feb. 8. The clinic begins at 8 a.m.

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Watch the sky turn white

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of white snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings. You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 21 and 22, 2014 at the annual Delta Snow Goose Festival.

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Adopt a desert tortoise

Wouldn't it be fun to have a pet that makes your neighbors "ooh" and "aah"? As long as you're willing to give up part of your backyard, you can. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are putting close to 40 desert tortoises up for adoption.

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Apply for a bear permit

If you'd like to hunt bears during the spring season, or the fall season, the time to apply for a permit is almost here. You can apply starting Feb. 10, 2014.

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