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Chukar numbers up from last year

There's good news about Utah's general partridge hunt, which starts Sept. 27, 2014 and runs until Feb. 15, 2015. The number of chukar partridge in Utah keeps climbing. And the number of gray partridge is the best it's been in Utah in several years.

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Don't wait to get an elk permit

Permits to hunt bull elk in Utah are going fast. The general rifle bull elk hunt starts Oct. 4. If you'd like to participate in the rifle hunt, or the general muzzleloader hunt that starts Oct. 29, you need to get a permit soon

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Watch migrating birds of prey

Thousands of hawks, eagles and other birds of prey fly through Utah's crisp, clear skies every fall. You can see the birds, and learn more about them, by attending Utah's annual Raptor Watch Day.

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Take a young person duck hunting

Hunters 15 years of age and younger will have Utah's marshes — and the ducks and geese that go with them — all to themselves on Sept. 20. That's the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt. And this year, even young people who haven't completed a Hunter Education course can participate through a new program offered in Utah.

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Volunteers needed at Nature Center

Do the birds, plants and wetlands around the Great Salt Lake interest you? Would you like to learn more about them and then share what you learn with others? If you answered yes, the Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Center wants you as a volunteer naturalist.

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2014 youth chukar and partridge hunts

Utah's youth chukar and partridge hunts will see some exciting changes this fall. This year, the youth hunts will be longer. In the past, the youth chukar and gray partridge hunts ran for only one day. This fall, the hunts will run for three days: Sept. 20–22, 2014.

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Encouraging anglers to keep fish

p>Anglers in Utah might not realize it, but the good intentions many of them have might be working against them. Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the number of fish anglers keep in Utah has declined dramatically over the past 10 years.

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See kokanee salmon at Strawberry

You can see hundreds of bright red salmon — and possibly other wildlife, too — at the annual Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day. The free event will be held Sept. 20 at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) visitor center at Strawberry Reservoir.

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New hunting program starts in Utah

Utah's new Trial Hunting program started in early August. The program allows a licensed hunter, who must be at least 21 years old, to take someone 12 years of age or older hunting.

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See kokanee salmon at Sheep Creek

If you visit Sheep Creek to see kokanee salmon on Sept. 20, make sure and bring binoculars or a spotting scope with you. You might see some bighorn sheep too!

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