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See kokanee salmon at Strawberry

About 800 kokanee salmon have swam up the Strawberry River from Strawberry Reservoir over the past few days as part of their annual spawning run. You can see hundreds of these bright red salmon — and possibly other wildlife, too — at the annual Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day on Sept. 21, 2013.

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See hawk, great horned owl release

Thousands of hawks, eagles and other birds of prey fly through Utah's crisp, clear skies every fall. You can watch as rehabilitators with Great Basin Wildlife Rescue release at least two rehabilitated Swainson's hawks and a great horned owl at Raptor Watch Day on Sept. 21, 2013.

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DWR recommends fishing changes

You might be allowed to have more fish in your freezer next year. And you might not be required to eat fish you catch at waters that have catch-and-kill regulations. Those changes are among several fishing changes Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are proposing for Utah's 2014 fishing season.

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See kokanee salmon at Sheep Creek

You don't need binoculars or a spotting scope to see kokanee salmon in Sheep Creek — the bright red fish are easy to see once they enter the stream. In addition to the salmon in the stream, you might see some bighorn sheep in the distance. And it's a great place to go birding.

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Possible fishing, hunting license change

If you're 14 to 17 years old, you might not have to pay as much to fish or hunt in Utah next year. On Aug. 22, the Utah Wildlife Board approved several fishing and hunting license changes. If the Utah Legislature approves the changes during its 2014 session, the changes would likely go into effect July 1, 2014.

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4,250 muskies stocked in Utah waters

More than 4,200 tiger muskies have a new home in Utah. On Aug. 23, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources stocked 3- to 5-inch tiger muskies into three reservoirs in the state.

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Apply for a swan hunting permit

You can apply for a permit to hunt tundra swans in Utah this fall starting Aug. 26, 2013. You might want to apply as close to Aug. 26 as possible — the application period isn't very long. To be included in the draw for permits, applications must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Sept. 4.

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Forest grouse doing well

If you like to hunt ruffed and dusky grouse, Jason Robinson has good news: The number of forest grouse in Utah is similar to, or higher, than it was last fall.

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Get a duck call, take an airboat ride

If you're 15 years of age or younger — and riding in an airboat and learning about duck hunting sounds like fun — you need to be at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area on the morning of Sept. 7, 2013.

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Board approves cougar hunting rules

Hunters took 331 cougars in Utah during the 2011–2012 season. And they're on pace to take that many again during the current season, which ends Nov. 10, 2013. On Aug. 22, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved hunting rules that should result in about the same number of cougars being taken during the upcoming 2013–2014 season.

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