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Board approves hunting changes

Archery deer and pronghorn hunters will be allowed to hunt on six Utah waterfowl management areas in 2014. And, if the need arises, eight different areas in Utah are on a list of areas to receive transplanted mule deer. The changes are among several big game changes the Utah Wildlife Board approved on Dec. 5

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See wild elk at Hardware Ranch

You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at this year's Elk Festival. And, if the weather gets cold and snowy enough to push wild elk into the ranch, you might have a chance to take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the middle of the herd.

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A great Christmas gift idea

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy.

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Apply for a turkey hunting permit

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state's turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring. Applications to hunt wild turkeys during Utah's limited-entry hunt will be accepted starting Dec. 4.

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Discuss wildlife at public meetings

Several wildlife-related items, including minor changes to the rule that regulates the take of cougars in Utah, are among items you can learn about and comment on at an upcoming series of public meetings.

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Trout saved in Minersville Reservoir

Richard Hepworth couldn't stand the thought of seeing the big trout in Minersville Reservoir disappear. And neither could the organizations and individual anglers he approached for help.

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Still time to complete waterfowl slam

There's still time to be among the first waterfowl hunters ever to complete one — or all — of Utah's waterfowl slams. And while you're in the marsh completing the slams, you can do so knowing all of the money you gave to participate will be used to improve waterfowl habitat and make hunting even better in Utah.

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Wild turkeys doing well in Utah

One of the best times of the year to see turkeys is almost here. And so is a chance to apply for a turkey hunting permit for spring 2014.

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49 bighorn sheep transplanted to Utah

Forty nine bighorn sheep have a new home in southern Utah. Using a helicopter, capture specialists captured the sheep near Lake Mead in Nevada. As soon as the sheep were certified "disease free," they were again flown by helicopter to an area east of Bullfrog, Utah.

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See bighorn sheep on Dec. 7

You can see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep up close at the annual Bighorn Sheep Watch. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free event on Dec. 7 along the Green River in southeastern Utah.

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