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Time is running out

Time is running out to submit your application to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall. Applications to hunt big game — including deer — are due through wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m. on March 6.

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See mountain goats

When the snow gets deep in the winter, mountain goats along the South Slope of the Uinta Mountains move down onto ridges that are exposed to the sun. The southern sun and steep terrain provide a great wintering area for the goats — and a unique viewing opportunity for people.

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General turkey permits on sale now

If you want to experience the thrill of hunting a strutting, gobbling tom turkey, but you don't have a hunting permit yet, no problem — permits for Utah's general turkey hunt go on sale Feb. 20, 2014.

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Watch the sky turn white

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of white snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings. You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 21 and 22, 2014 at the annual Delta Snow Goose Festival.

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Adopt a desert tortoise

Wouldn't it be fun to have a pet that makes your neighbors "ooh" and "aah"? As long as you're willing to give up part of your backyard, you can. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are putting close to 40 desert tortoises up for adoption.

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Apply for a bear permit

If you'd like to hunt bears during the spring season, or the fall season, the time to apply for a permit is almost here. You can apply starting Feb. 10, 2014.

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Want to gather shed antlers in Utah?

Gathering antlers that drop off the heads of deer, elk and moose is an activity that's grown in popularity across the country, including here in Utah. If you want to gather shed antlers in Utah between Feb. 1 and April 15, though, you must complete the DWR's free Antler Gathering Ethics course.

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Bighorns return to Goslin Mountain

Bighorn sheep are back on Goslin Mountain. On the morning of Jan. 30, a small herd of 23 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were released at Dripping Springs. The herd includes 13 ewes, five lambs and five rams.

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Bald Eagle Day, Feb. 8

Since it began in 1990, Bald Eagle Day has become one of Utah's most popular wildlife viewing events. This year's event happens Feb. 8. Plenty of eagles should be available to see at most of the state's Bald Eagle Day viewing sites.

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Learn how to fish through the ice

Lake trout are among the fish you might find on the end of your line at an upcoming ice fishing clinic. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free clinic at Fish Lake on Feb. 8. The clinic begins at 8 a.m.

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