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You're the key to fighting poaching

You might not realize it, but your eyes and ears are the key to fighting poaching in Utah. Division of Wildlife Resources Captain Mitch Lane says DWR conservation officers catch plenty of wildlife violators on their own. But the officers are spread thin. That's where you come in.

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Duck numbers high, lake level low

The number of ducks counted on North American breeding grounds this past spring was the highest in 60 years. That's great news for Utah's hunters: it means more ducks than ever will migrate though Utah this fall.

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Distributing future expo permits

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Wildlife Board will soon select a conservation organization to distribute up to 200 hunting permits at a Utah-based expo.

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Chukar numbers the best in 17 years

During a recent helicopter survey over central Tooele County, wildlife biologists saw something they've seen only twice in 20 years: more than 100 chukar partridge per square mile. The previous high, 117 chukars per square mile, was seen in 1998.

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Take a young person duck hunting

Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have Utah's marshes — and the ducks and geese that go with them — all to themselves on Sept. 19. That's the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

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Watch migrating birds of prey

Thousands of hawks, eagles and other birds of prey fly through Utah's crisp, clear skies every fall. You can see the birds, and learn more about them, at Utah's annual Raptor Watch Day.

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Take a kid chukar or partridge hunting

Three days of upland game hunting fun starts Sept. 19. That's the first day of Utah's three-day youth chukar and gray partridge hunt. Those who were 17 years of age or younger on July 31, 2014 can participate in the hunt. And, for the second year in a row, young people who haven't completed a Hunter Education course can still participate through a new program in Utah.

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Get a duck call, take an airboat ride

If riding in an airboat and learning the basics of duck hunting sound like fun, you need to be at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area on the morning of Sept. 12. That's the day the Eleventh Annual Utah Youth Waterfowl and Outdoor Festival will be held.

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See kokanee salmon at Strawberry

You can see hundreds of bright red salmon — and possibly other wildlife, too — at the annual Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day. The event will be held Sept. 19 at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) visitor center at Strawberry Reservoir The visitor center is along U.S. Highway 40, about 20 miles southeast of Heber City.

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Free bird hunting clinic in Vernal

Youngsters can learn the basics of waterfowl and upland game hunting — and then apply the skills they learn the very next day — by attending a free clinic on Sept. 18. The free Upland Game and Waterfowl Clinic — which is open to people of all ages — will be held from 4–7 p.m. at the Vernal Rod and Gun Club.

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