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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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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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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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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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Shoot with the USA Shooting Team

Beginning and expert marksmen and women alike will have the chance to meet and learn from USA Shooting Team members at a "Breaking Clays" event in Salt Lake City. Join the team members and volunteer instructors on Aug. 24 and 25 for two days of shooting instruction and practice.

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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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Guided youth waterfowl hunt

If you're a young person who has little or no experience hunting ducks and geese, the Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Waterfowl Association have a deal for you — a free hunt guided by some of Utah's best waterfowl hunters.

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Only two wood ducks a day

Very few hunters know where wood ducks are in Utah. But enough wood ducks are being taken that some hunters are becoming concerned about the health of the population. To keep a healthy population of wood ducks in Utah, on Aug. 22, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a change to Utah's daily duck bag limit.

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Deer numbers, hunting conditions vary

When Utah's general archery buck deer hunt starts Aug. 17, depending on which unit you have a permit for, you might see wet conditions and more bucks or fewer deer and drier conditions.

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DWR invites kids to Fishing Days

The Division of Wildlife Resources will stock two water bodies with rainbow trout for Kids' Fishing Days in September. The events will be held at Green River State Park in Green River on Sept. 14 and at the Huntington Game Farm Pond in Huntington on Sept. 21.

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