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Board approves big game permits

Members of the Utah Wildlife Board heard some encouraging news about Utah's deer herds at their meeting on May 1. After hearing the news, the seven-member board approved 200 additional general season buck deer permits for this fall's hunts. Permits for the remaining big game hunts in Utah were also approved.

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May is a great time to watch birds

May is the time of year when many birds display colorful plumage, some funky dance moves and fighting as they court potential mates. If you've been thinking about getting into birding, now is the perfect time to get started.

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Hook pike and bass at Recapture

If you're looking for a quiet fishing hole off the beaten path — that provides an excellent chance to catch warmwater fish — Recapture Reservoir is the perfect spot. The reservoir is near Blanding in southeastern Utah, about 90 minutes south of Moab. It's nestled in some of the most beautiful country Utah has to offer.

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Enjoy a day birding, helping biologists

Novice and expert birders alike can enjoy a day spotting birds while helping biologists gather data at the Moab Bird Club's annual bird walk. The free walk is open to the public. It will be held May 10. It starts at 8 a.m. on the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve near Moab in southeastern Utah.

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The peregrine falcons are back!

You can learn how to hunt wild turkeys at free seminars in Logan on April 24 and in Salt Lake City on April 30. At the seminars, you'll learn how to hunt turkeys safely, the equipment you'll need and how to call turkeys.

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See raptors at Flaming Gorge

If you have a case of cabin fever, viewing raptors in northeastern Utah might be the perfect way to cure it. From early spring through the summer months, you can watch ospreys and turkey vultures nest, raise their young and feed along the rocky shores of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

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Great ice-off trout fishing at Scofield

Some of the best trout fishing you'll find all year is about to begin at Scofield Reservoir. As the ice recedes, this is one of the best chances you'll have all year to catch big trout from the shore.

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Crow and turkey hunts this fall?

You might be able to hunt crows in Utah this fall. And the first fall turkey hunt in Utah since 1984 might also be held. Those ideas — along with proposals to increase the state's Canada goose and dove bag limits — are among ideas Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will share at upcoming public meetings.

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Learn how to hunt wild turkeys

You can learn how to hunt wild turkeys at free seminars in Logan on April 24 and in Salt Lake City on April 30. At the seminars, you'll learn how to hunt turkeys safely, the equipment you'll need and how to call turkeys.

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Fishing should be stellar in 2014

Great weather, good water conditions and healthy fish are waiting for you at waters across Utah. Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources expect 2014 to be an outstanding year for anglers. This year's conditions are better than they've been in several years.

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