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Find ice fishing close to home

You have warm clothes, and boots that are waterproof and insulated. Your ice fishing equipment is ready to go. And you have a basic idea about how to locate fish and catch them through the ice. So what's standing between you and a great ice fishing experience in Utah this winter?

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Expo permit distributor approved

On Dec. 18, 2015, the Utah Wildlife Board approved Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (SFW) as the organization to distribute future expo permits. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and SFW will negotiate a contract to distribute the permits for the 2017–2021 timeframe.

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Chukar hunting gets better in winter

Falling snow is good news for chukar hunters. Once snow starts to fall, chukars — which roam over a larger area during the warmer months — concentrate in smaller areas. That makes it easier to find the birds. Chukar partridge also they live in some of Utah's driest areas. That's another reason why they're a great bird to hunt in the winter.

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Catch fish by finding the right depth

Putting your bait or lure at the depth where the fish are is the key to catching fish through the ice. And using some simple devices that will help you know when you have a fish on the end of your line is a big help too.

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Cold ice means hot fishing

Did you know that fishing through the ice is a great way to catch fish and beat the winter blues? It's true — those "crazy" people you see standing on the ice aren't so crazy after all. They've discovered a fun way to get outside, breathe some fresh air and catch lots of fish.

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Watch the Wildlife Board Meeting

You can watch the live December 18, 2015 Utah Wildlife Board Meeting — which will start at 10 a.m. — on your computer or mobile device.

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The perfect Christmas gifts

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy.

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DWR launches massive patrol effort

This winter is not a good time to try to kill a mule deer illegally in Utah. Conservation officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources are conducting massive patrols on ranges on which deer congregate in the winter. They're conducting the patrols with one goal in mind: to protect Utah's mule deer from poachers.

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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. The number of turkeys in Utah is growing. That means more permits and more chances to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in 2016.

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Basic ice fishing equipment

You don't need a lot of equipment to catch fish through the ice. A short fishing rod and reel, a few sinkers and hooks, and a package of worms are about all you need. In fact, if you just want to give ice fishing a try — and you can find some holes that were recently drilled — you don't even need an ice auger.

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