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See mountain goats

As 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, steep terrain and the wind help clear the ridges of snow. That provides a great wintering area for the goats — and a unique viewing opportunity for people.

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Prairie dog plan ready for review

A plan to manage a prairie dog species that's found only in southwestern Utah is ready for review. Since 1973, the Utah prairie dog has been listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. In late 2014, a ruling in federal court returned management authority for Utah prairie dogs — that are not on federal land in Utah — back to the state.

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Apply now! Time is running out

This fall's deer hunt could be one of the best Utah's hunters have seen in years. If you want to participate, you need to submit your application soon. Applications to hunt deer, and other big game animals in Utah, are due online no later than 11 p.m. on March 5

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General Season turkey permits on sale

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 to participate in Utah's general turkey hunt are now on sale.

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Fishing is heating up near the shore

If you like to catch trout and other coldwater fish from the shore, pay attention to Utah's fishing reports — some of the best shore fishing of the year is about to begin. The ice has melted at most of the mid-elevation waters in Utah. In the next week or two, additional mid-elevation waters will also experience "ice off."

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See tundra swans, March 14

Seeing and hearing just one tundra swan is enough to take your breath away. Imagine seeing and hearing hundreds of them. You might at Tundra Swan Day on March 14.

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Hardware Ranch to close Feb. 9

Feb. 9, is the last day you can take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the middle of a herd of wild elk at Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. Muddy conditions and fewer elk are forcing managers to end the wagon rides early this year.

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Apply for a bear hunting permit

If you want to hunt or pursue black bears in Utah this year, you need to submit an application no later than March 2. You can apply for a bear hunting or a bear pursuit permit online. To be included in the draw for permits, your application must be received through the website no later than 11 p.m. on March 2.

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Start of light goose hunt moved back

If you plan on hunting light geese in Millard County this winter, you'll need to tweak your schedule a bit. The hunt will not start on Feb. 28, as originally scheduled. Instead, it will start on March 2.

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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. 27 and 28 at the annual Delta Snow Goose Festival. The festival will be held at and near Gunnison Bend Reservoir, just west of Delta. Admission is free.

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