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2015 Winter Bird Festival, Jan. 29-31

The 2015 St. George Winter Bird Festival will be held Jan. 29–31. The festival is your chance to see more than 100 species of birds in southern Utah's red rock country.

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Basic equipment equals fun ice fishing

You don't need a lot of fancy equipment to catch fish through the ice in Utah. In the second in a four-part series providing tips to beginning ice anglers, we'll focus on the basic equipment you'll need to get started.

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Burbot Bash cancelled

Due to rapidly deteriorating ice conditions and warmer weather forecasted over the next several days, the 2015 Burbot Bash has been cancelled.

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Quagga mussels in Deer Creek

Starting immediately, you must decontaminate your boat before you leave Deer Creek Reservoir in north-central Utah. The requirement comes after DNA tests conducted by two laboratories found microscopic juvenile quagga mussels — called veligers — in a water sample taken at the reservoir.

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Gray wolf killed near Beaver

A coyote hunter accidentally shot and killed a radio-collared northern gray wolf near Beaver on Dec. 28. As soon as the hunter realized the animal he killed wasn't a coyote, he contacted the Division of Wildlife Resources.

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Catch perch, win prizes

You can catch tasty yellow perch, eat a free lunch and win prizes at the first Fish Lake Perch Tournament. More than $3,500 in prizes will be awarded. And the tournament is completely free; just show up and catch all the perch you can.

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400 elk at Hardware Ranch

Wild elk are in the meadow at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. That means for the first time this winter, you can take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the middle of the herd. On Dec. 27, Marni Lee, assistant manager at the Hardware Ranch WMA, said cold weather had pushed about 400 elk into the meadow.

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Cold ice means hot fishing

January and February don't have to be dreary months. Visiting a frozen pond, reservoir or lake can brighten your day in a flash. That's right — those "crazy" people you see standing on the ice, at waters across Utah, aren't so crazy after all. They've found a fun way to get outside, breathe some fresh air and catch lots of fish.

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Uintah Basin ice fishing clinics

This January, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is offering the free ice fishing clinics in the Uintah Basin. If you'd like to learn how to catch fish through the ice, two ice fishing clinics — and an ice fishing seminar — will show you how.

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Bear population is growing in Utah

At a meeting on Jan. 5, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved some new hunting opportunities in Utah. The new opportunities are hoped to reduce incidents of black bears coming into conflict with people and livestock in 2015.

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