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New opportunities for hunters

New hunts for mule deer — and longer hunting seasons for elk and mountain goats — await hunters in Utah next fall. Justin Shannon, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says giving hunters more chances to hunt was one of the major things DWR biologists wanted to do for 2015.

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Have fun, see wild elk

You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at this year's Elk Festival. And, if wild elk are pushed into the ranch by cold and snowy weather, you might have a chance to take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the middle of the herd.

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Utah black bear population growing

The number of black bears in Utah has increased over the past several years. While it's thrilling to see a black bear in the wild, having more bears in Utah has led to more run-ins between bears and people. And conflicts between bears and domestic cattle and sheep are increasing too.

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Apply for a turkey hunting permit

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state's turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring. And they have lots of reasons to be excited about next spring.

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Wild turkeys doing well in Utah

Did you know that Utah has a thriving population of wild turkeys? More than 20,000 turkeys live in the state and Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to see turkeys in the wild.

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See bighorn sheep

You can see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep up close at the annual Bighorn Sheep Watch. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the free event on Dec. 6 along the Green River in southeastern Utah.

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Gunnison Sage-grouse decision

A decision to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act could hurt the bird more than help it, says the director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "Placing the bird under the oversight of the federal government will greatly reduce our ability to help the bird," says Utah DWR Director Greg Sheehan.

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DWR launches hunting & fishing app

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources recently launched the free Hunting and Fishing iPhone and Android app. The application is Utah's mobile resource for wildlife events, licenses, permits, and communicating with the Division.

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Utah prairie dog still protected

A recent court decision has left some in southern Utah wondering whether the Utah prairie dog — a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act — is still protected in the state. The answer is yes. Although the court ruling invalidated federal protections on state and private lands, Utah prairie dogs are still fully protected by Utah state law.

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Pheasants still being released

Plenty of days are still available to hunt pheasants in Utah. And thousands of birds are still being released. Utah's pheasant hunt runs until Dec. 7 and hundreds of pheasants will be released on Thursdays or Fridays — just in time for hunters heading out for the weekend.

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