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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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