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Fishing is heating up near the shore

If you like to catch trout and other coldwater fish from the shore, pay attention to Utah's fishing reports — some of the best shore fishing of the year is about to begin. The ice has melted at most of the mid-elevation waters in Utah. In the next week or two, additional mid-elevation waters will also experience "ice off."

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Hardware Ranch to close Feb. 9

Feb. 9, is the last day you can take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the middle of a herd of wild elk at Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. Muddy conditions and fewer elk are forcing managers to end the wagon rides early this year.

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Start of light goose hunt moved back

If you plan on hunting light geese in Millard County this winter, you'll need to tweak your schedule a bit. The hunt will not start on Feb. 28, as originally scheduled. Instead, it will start on March 2.

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Course required to gather shed antlers

You must complete the online Antler Gathering Ethics course if you want to gather shed antlers in Utah between Feb. 1 and April 15. Gathering antlers that drop off the heads of deer, elk and moose is an activity that's grown in popularity across the country, including in Utah. The challenge with shed-antler gathering is that it happens during the worst time of the year for the animals and the habitat the animals rely on in the winter.

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Deer captured on Antelope Island

A recent deer transplant should help mule deer on Antelope Island State Park while giving two deer herds in southern Utah a "shot in the arm." In mid-January, 100 mule deer — all females — were captured on Antelope Island. Fifty of the deer were released on the San Juan, Elk Ridge deer unit in southeastern Utah.

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See bald eagles

If you've ever seen a bald eagle in the wild, you know it's an experience that can take your breath away. On Feb. 14, you'll have a chance not only to see bald eagles, but to learn more about them. The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold its annual Utah Bald Eagle Day that day.

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Free black bass workshop

In addition to learning how to catch bass, the black bass workshop on Feb. 7 will cover a wide array of topics related to the management of bass in the state. Those topics include the future of bass in Utah, how to get involved in the management of Utah's bass fishing waters, and illegal fish transplants and how they affect bass in the state.

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Good ice fishing, close to home

You have warm clothes, and boots that are waterproof and insulated. Your ice fishing equipment is ready to go. And you have a basic idea about how to locate fish and catch them through the ice.

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Depth is key for ice fishing

Putting your bait or lure at the depth the fish are — and then not moving it much — are the keys to catching fish through the ice. Part three of our ice fishing series will help you catch fish through the ice using the simple equipment mentioned in this story.

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Apply for a big game hunting permit

It might be the middle of winter, but it's already time to start applying for a permit to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall. Applications are being accepted now. We must receive your application no later than 11 p.m. on March 5, to be included in the permit drawings.

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