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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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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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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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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 waterfowl hunting clinics

You can learn the basics of duck and goose hunting at two upcoming clinics on Sept. 12. The clinics are free and will take place in Salina and at the Desert Lake WMA.

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See kokanee salmon at Sheep Creek

If you visit Sheep Creek to see kokanee salmon on Sept. 19, make sure and bring binoculars or a spotting scope with you. You might see some bighorn sheep too. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resource's annual Kokanee Salmon Day will be held Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Meet the Bats Night in SE Utah

You can get close to bats at a free "Meet the Bats Night." The event will be held the evening of Sept. 5 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area east of Green River.

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Hear big game hunter survey results

More than 20,000 general season deer and elk hunters recently responded to a survey about the type of hunting equipment that should and shouldn't be allowed in Utah. Personnel with the Division of Wildlife Resources will share the survey results at an upcoming series of public meetings. You're invited to attend the meetings, learn more about the survey and share your thoughts with the staff members.

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Best upland game hunting in 10 years

Hunting for three upland game species — cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare and forest grouse — should be the best it's been in Utah in 10 years. And the mourning dove hunt should be really good too.

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Board approves cougar, bobcat rules

The number of cougars and bobcats taken during Utah's upcoming hunting and trapping seasons should be similar to the number taken this past season. At their last meeting, the Utah Wildlife Board approved hunting and trapping rules that are similar to last season.

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