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Plenty of bucks for archers to pursue

Utah's general archery buck deer hunt starts Aug. 15, and biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources say the hunt should be a good one. The overall number of deer in the state is the highest it's been since the early 1990s. If you have a permit for this year's general archery buck deer hunt, plenty of bucks and lots of water are waiting for you.

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Release fish the right way

Summer is an important time to catch and release fish properly. Proper catch and release is especially important when temperatures are reaching the hottest they'll be all year. Following a few simple rules will greatly increase the chance that fish survive after you release them.

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See mountain goats in unique terrain

You could see as many as 100 mountain goats on Aug. 8. And you might not need binoculars. On that day, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Goat Watch on the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver.

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Cougar, bobcat recommendations

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. Starting July 22, all of the Division of Wildlife Resources' cougar and furbearer recommendations should be available at wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings

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Get a bull elk permit starting July 14

More than 29,000 permits to hunt bull elk with a rifle or muzzleloader in Utah will go on sale at 8 a.m. on July 14. General archery elk permits will also go on sale July 14. General archery elk permits are not limited in number, though, so there's no rush to get one.

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Deer open houses in SE Utah

The Division of Wildlife Resources is seeking public input about deer management in southeastern Utah. Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, says plans that guide the management of deer in southeastern Utah will expire soon.

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See bald eagles on July 16 and 18

You can see two adult bald eagles — and their baby eaglet — during free field trips in July. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the field trips on Thursday, July 16 and Saturday, July 18. The trips will leave from the Department of Natural Resources building in Salt Lake City each evening at 6 p.m. The DNR building is at 1594 W. North Temple.

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Upland Game hunts start next month

Utah's upland game seasons begin on Aug. 22. That's when the white-tailed ptarmigan hunt starts. The upland game seasons won't end until the snowshoe hare hunt ends on March 15. That's almost seven full months of hunting.

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What to do if you find a baby bird

It's not unusual to find newly hatched birds in your yard this time of the year. Ron Stewart, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says young birds often leave their nests before they're able to fly. "They usually spread out along the branch of a tree and call for their parents to bring food to them," he says.

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See ospreys on July 23

Ospreys are unique birds. They build huge nests that look like chimneys. Watching them plummet out of the sky — to snatch fish that are swimming under the surface of the water — can take your breath away. You can see these large birds, and learn more about them, during a free field trip on July 23.

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