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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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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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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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Approved bobcat hunting changes

Hunters and trappers will have a chance to take more bobcats in Utah this fall. At their Aug. 28 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved a recommendation to allow an individual hunter or trapper to obtain up to six bobcat permits.

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Upland Game Slams start in Utah

If you enjoy hunting upland game in Utah, you can add something fun to your hunt while helping the birds and animals you pursue. This fall, seven Upland Game Slams will start in the state. Each time you complete a slam, you'll receive a colorful Upland Game Slam "coin."

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Free waterfowl hunting clinics

If you're new to duck and goose hunting — or you've never hunted ducks and geese before — an upcoming series of hunting fairs, seminars and clinics are something you won't want to miss.

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No limit on archery elk permits

If you haven't obtained an archery big game hunting permit yet, no problem—there's still a chance to hunt in Utah this fall. Permits for Utah's general archery bull elk hunt are not limited in number. You can get one anytime between now and the end of the Sanpete Valley extended archery elk hunt on Dec. 31.

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Least chub to stay off endangered list

Twenty years of hard work were rewarded recently. On Aug. 25, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that least chub — a tiny fish found only in Utah — is doing well enough that it doesn't need to be listed on the federal Endangered Species list.

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Buck numbers look good this fall

With the start of Utah's first major hunt of 2014 just days away, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources have good news: in almost every area of the state, the number of buck deer will be similar to, or better, than it was last fall.

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Cottontail numbers highest in 5 years

If it's been awhile since you hunted cottontail rabbits, this fall might be the perfect time to pick up a shotgun or a small-caliber rifle and head afield. Rabbit numbers are the highest they've been in five years.

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