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Want to gather shed antlers in Utah?

Gathering antlers that drop off the heads of deer, elk and moose is an activity that's grown in popularity across the country, including here in Utah. If you want to gather shed antlers in Utah between Feb. 1 and April 15, though, you must complete the DWR's free Antler Gathering Ethics course.

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Bald Eagle Day, Feb. 8

Since it began in 1990, Bald Eagle Day has become one of Utah's most popular wildlife viewing events. This year's event happens Feb. 8. Plenty of eagles should be available to see at most of the state's Bald Eagle Day viewing sites.

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Apply for a big game hunting permit

If you're among the thousands of hunters who enjoy hunting big game animals in Utah, it's time to get ready for this fall. The hunts are months away, but the time to apply for a permit is almost here.

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Bird feeding is fun, and it helps

During the cold months of winter, birds need to eat regularly to maintain their body heat. That's where you could come in. Bird feeding stations can play a pivotal role in helping wild birds survive winter.

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Chukar hunting improves with winter

The onset of winter is good news for chukar hunters. Once snow starts to fall, the birds concentrate in smaller areas. And that makes it easier to find coveys of birds.

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You need a two-pole permit

Many Utah ice anglers like to fish with two fishing poles. Based on calls to Division of Wildlife Resources offices, there's lots of confusion about what's needed to legally fish with two poles this winter. The answer is that you must have a two-pole permit to fish with two poles in Utah.

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Cold ice means hot fishing

Those "crazy" people you see standing on the ice at waters across Utah in the winter aren't so crazy after all. They know a layer of cold ice means hot fishing in the water just under it.

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DWR learns what killed bald eagles

Laboratory results have confirmed what officials with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources have been suspecting: West Nile virus killed the bald eagles that have died in Utah over the past few weeks.

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Biologists keeping an eye on deer

As they do every winter, biologists will monitor the state's deer herds closely until winter ends. If conditions get too severe, the biologists are ready to feed deer specially designed pellets that will help them get through the winter.

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Catch fish by finding the right depth

Putting your bait or lure at the depth the fish are — and then not moving it much — are the keys to catching fish through the ice. And using some simple devices that will help you know when you have a fish on the end of your line is a big help too.

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