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See mountain goats, March 12

As the snow piles up 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, steep terrain and a little help from the wind clear these ridges of snow. That provides a great wintering area for the goats — and a unique viewing opportunity for people.

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Watch the sky turn white

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings. You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 26 and 27 at the annual Delta Snow Goose Festival.

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Apply for bear hunting/pursuit permit

Don't let the cold weather fool you; Utah's spring black bear hunt will start in about two months. If you'd like to hunt bears during the spring, summer or fall seasons, the time to apply for a permit is almost here. You can apply starting Feb. 8.

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Fish in Utah Lake still need your help

Utah Lake is a prime example of the bad things that can happen when fish are taken from one body of water and placed illegally in another. A population of illegally placed northern pike is growing in size and might affect the sport fish and endangered fish in the lake.

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It's a great time to hunt cottontails

Don't put your shotgun or .22 away yet. And if you're just getting into hunting — or you're an experienced hunter who's ready for a hunt that's not too strenuous — cottontail rabbits might be the answer.

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Deer herds doing well

The number of buck deer in Utah has increased again this year. If you'd like to hunt those bucks this fall, you need to submit your application no later than 11 p.m. on March 3. Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, encourages you not to wait until the last minute.

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Catch perch and win prizes

You can catch tasty yellow perch, enjoy free hot chocolate and win prizes at the second Fish Lake Perch Tournament. In addition to 10 firearms, Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife is donating $3,500 in additional prizes. Ten fish will be tagged with numbers that will win you a firearm, but the fish with the firearm-winning tags must be caught on the day of the tournament — Jan. 30 — in order to win.

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Course required to hunt shed antlers

Captain Mitch Lane with the Division of Wildlife Resources says gathering shed antlers is a fun activity that your whole family can enjoy. Please remember, though, that late winter and early spring is a tough time of year for deer, elk and moose.

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Biologists keeping close eye on deer

Snow and cold temperatures have blanketed the places mule deer live in Utah. And that's brought Division of Wildlife Resources biologists out in force. As they do every winter, biologists are monitoring the state's deer herds closely. If conditions get too severe, the biologists are prepared to feed the deer specially designed pellets.

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See bald eagles, Feb. 13

If you've ever seen a bald eagle in the wild, you know it's an experience that can take your breath away. On Feb. 13, you'll have a chance not only to see bald eagles, but to learn more about them. The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold its annual Utah Bald Eagle Day that day.

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