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Learn to shoot at Gals & Guns Clinic

If you're a woman 16 years of age or older — and you want to learn more about firearms — the Division of Wildlife Resources has a deal for you. The agency's Wildlife Recreation program is sponsoring a firearm safety clinic and shooting opportunity on Nov. 21, 2015.

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Time to apply for a sportsman permit

Applications are being accepted for next year's most prized Utah big game hunting permits — 2016 sportsman permits. You can apply for a sportsman permit online until no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2015.

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Elk plan, equipment change proposals

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing changes for 2016 that would allow you to place some additional equipment on your bow and muzzleloader. The Division is also proposing a new elk plan, which could open the door to some new cow elk hunting opportunities next fall too, and two new bighorn sheep hunts. The proposals will be discussed during the November Regional Advisory Council meetings.

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2016-17 waterfowl recommendations

Utah's waterfowl hunt just started, and it's already time to start talking about the 2016–2017 season. Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources will present the recommendations for a few changes at public meetings in November.

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Weather affects deer hunt

The weather played a major role in the success hunters found during the first weekend of Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt. Utah's most popular hunt opened Oct. 17. In some areas, heavy rain kept hunters in camp. Those who did venture out found muddy roads and deer that were bedded down and hard to find.

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Fall trout fishing: don't miss out

When the leaves turn colors, cooler weather arrives and other anglers start putting their fishing poles away, many trout anglers break out in a big grin. They know they'll have less competition for some of the best fishing of the year.

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Collect leg bands, coins while hunting

If you enjoy hunting waterfowl or upland game in Utah, you can add something fun to your hunt while helping the birds and animals you pursue. This fall, the Division of Wildlife Resources is offering nine Waterfowl Slams and seven Upland Game Slams.

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DWR to release 13,000 pheasants

If it's been years since you hunted pheasants, it's time to grab your gun and head afield. More than 13,000 pheasants will be released on 57 public hunting areas during Utah's upcoming pheasant hunt.

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Now accepting expo applications

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) issued a request for proposals (RFP) to distribute Utah hunting permits at annual wildlife expositions starting in 2017. Conservation groups that are interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to submit their response as directed by the Utah Division of Purchasing and General Services by November 24, 2015.

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Get close to mule deer

November is the perfect time for wildlife watchers and photographers to get close to mule deer without spooking them. Instead of worrying about humans, mule deer bucks spend their energy breeding or fighting other males. To take advantage of this time of year, Division of Wildlife Resources personnel will host a free Mule Deer Watch on Nov. 7.

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