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Ice fishing: Finding the fish

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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Ice fishing: Basic equipment

Catching fish through the ice doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. A short fishing rod and reel, a few hooks and a package of worms are about all you need. In fact, if you just want to give ice fishing a try, you don't even need an ice auger.

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Cold ice means hot fishing

Just because it's cold doesn't mean it's time to put your fishing gear away. In fact, if you put your gear away now, you might miss some of the best fishing of the year: Ice fishing.

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Chronic Wasting Disease in new area

A deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been found in a new area in Utah. The detection is not a surprise, though, the new area is next to an area where the disease has been for years.

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Apply for a turkey hunting permit

Even though snow is just starting to fall in Utah, the state's turkey hunters are already preparing for next spring! Applications to hunt wild turkeys during Utah's limited-entry hunt will be accepted starting Dec. 7, 2011.

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DWR launches massive patrol effort

If you're a poacher, you should think twice before pulling the trigger on a mule deer in Utah. This winter, Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers and members of sportsman's groups are carrying out the largest winter range patrols ever conducted in the state.

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A great Christmas gift idea

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy.

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Whirling disease found at Strawberry

Evidence of the parasite that causes whirling disease has been found in Strawberry Reservoir. As part of testing they do every year, fish pathologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources tested 60 kokanee salmon collected by biologists at the reservoir this fall. Spores from the parasite were found in two of the 60 salmon.

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Possible bear hunt changes (update)

If you like to hunt bears, you might have opportunities in 2012 that you've never had before in Utah. A new bear management plan has opened the door to some new hunting options.

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Deer hunt changes in 2012

Another piece of the 2012 general deer hunt puzzle was put in place on Dec. 1, 2011 when the Utah Wildlife Board approved dates for the 2012 general deer hunts.

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