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Free shooting

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shoot a bow and arrow? Or maybe a shotgun? And would you like to watch a group of expert shooters — dressed like cowboys from the Old West — demonstrate their shooting skills as they navigate a course that includes stationary and pop-up targets?

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Apply for an antlerless permit

The chance to apply for a permit to hunt cow elk, doe deer or doe pronghorn is almost here. Applications for Utah antlerless permits will be accepted starting May 28. You must submit your application through the website no later than 11 p.m. on June 18 to be included in the draw for permits.

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Fish for free on June 6

June 6 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You don't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day. If you want to give fishing a try — but you don't have a fishing license — make plans to grab a fishing pole and head to your nearest fishing water on June 6.

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See cutthroat trout at Strawberry

You don't have to be an angler to get a close look at cutthroat trout at Strawberry Reservoir. Biologists from the DWR will host a free cutthroat trout viewing event on May 30, 2015. The event will happen from 9 a.m. to noon at the fish trap and egg-taking facility.

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Anglers can help endangered fish

The new rules affect the Green River and its tributaries, from Flaming Gorge Dam to the river's confluence with the Colorado River. On this stretch, you must keep and immediately kill any burbot, northern pike, smallmouth bass or walleye you catch. You may not release any of these fish back to the river alive.

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Bear safety tips

A fun weekend can take a turn for the worst if you do things that lure bears into the area where you're camping. Fortunately, it's easy to reduce the chance that a bear comes your way. These tips will help you keep your next camping trip safe.

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Turkey hunting clinic a success

On a recent, sunny Saturday morning, vehicles filled with excited, beginning turkey hunters pulled into the parking area at the Parowan Front Wildlife Management Area. By 8:30 a.m., most of those who would participate in the first Turkey Hunting Clinic held by the Division of Wildlife Resources in southwestern Utah had arrived at the registration site.

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Hot fishing spots for Memorial Day

Low water levels have the potential to warm water faster than usual in Utah this spring. If the water does warm up faster than usual, fishing for cool and warm water fish could be fantastic over Memorial Day weekend.

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More deer hunting permits

Nearly 2,000 additional hunters will have a chance to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall. After learning how well deer are doing in Utah, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved the additional permits at their April 30 meeting. In addition to buck deer hunting permits, board members approved permits for all of Utah's big game species.

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Still time to hunt turkeys in Utah

If you'd like to visit Utah's backcountry and hunt turkeys this spring, there's still time. The state's general turkey hunt runs until May 31.

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