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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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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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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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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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Hunt preview: find water, find deer

If conditions don't change, finding water will be critical to finding deer when Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — starts Oct. 17. Fortunately for hunters, there are plenty of deer to locate. Utah's herds have plenty of bucks. And the overall number of deer in the state is the highest it's been since the early 1990s.

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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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Tips for the rifle buck deer hunt

Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — begins Oct. 17. If you're one of the lucky hunters who has a permit for the hunt, getting prepared now — by gathering materials and gaining knowledge — is the key to a safe and successful experience.

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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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Kokanee salmon fishing change

If you enjoy fishing for kokanee salmon in Utah, a change in 2016 will make it easier to know when you can and can't keep salmon, no matter which water you're fishing in the state. The change will also protect salmon that spawn early in the fall and those that spawn later.

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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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