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Tips for the rifle buck deer hunt

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

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Lots of water, plenty of ducks

Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, has some great news to share about this fall's waterfowl hunt: "All of our waterfowl management areas are loaded with ducks right now — especially pintails."

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Plenty of bull elk in Utah

Utah's 2012 general rifle bull elk hunt kicks off Oct. 6. And permits for the hunt are almost gone.

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October: The best month to fish

The best fishing of the year is about to begin. There's no better time to fish than October. And the beautiful fall scenery and the cooler temperatures aren't the only reasons why.

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The front line against poaching: You

You might not know it, but you're the key to fighting poaching in Utah. DWR officers catch plenty of wildlife violators on their own. But many more violators—including many who commit serious wildlife crimes—are caught because someone was watching and called the DWR.

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DWR director announces his retirement

Jim Karpowitz has served Utah's residents and the state's wildlife for the past 34 years. On Sept. 26, he announced that he'll retire from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on Dec. 1.

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Beat the heat, fish the high country

Mid to late August is a great time to be in the high country. The valleys might still be 95 degrees or hotter, but the high country is starting to cool down. And that means fishing in the high country is starting to heat up.

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Ogden River section now "Blue Ribbon"

The Utah Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council voted Sept. 20 to designate a newly restored section of the Ogden River as a "Blue Ribbon Fishery." The 1.1-mile restored section of the Ogden River is the forty sixth water body in Utah to be recognized, protected and appreciated for its unique recreational qualities.

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Don't go near a sick animal

If you spend time in the outdoors, there's a good chance you'll eventually come across a wild animal that's sick. If you find a wild animal or bird that's sick, it's best not to touch it or even go near it.

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Learn how to hunt, fish and shoot

If hunting, fishing or shooting sports are activities you're interested in—but you don't know how to get started—a new Division of Wildlife Resources program is the answer. The program will give seasoned hunters, anglers and shooters new opportunities too.

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