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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 extended archery elk hunt on Dec. 15.

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Apply for a swan hunting permit

Applications to hunt tundra swans in Utah this fall will be accepted starting Aug. 25. You might want to apply as close to Aug. 25 as possible — the application period isn't very long. To be included in the draw for permits, applications must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Sept. 3.

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Tips for a safe archery hunt

Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 15, 2015. Archers can stay safe during this year's archery hunts by following a few, simple rules.

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Plenty of bucks for archers to pursue

Utah's general archery buck deer hunt starts Aug. 15, and biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources say the hunt should be a good one. The overall number of deer in the state is the highest it's been since the early 1990s. If you have a permit for this year's general archery buck deer hunt, plenty of bucks and lots of water are waiting for you.

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Deer open houses in SE Utah

The Division of Wildlife Resources is seeking public input about deer management in southeastern Utah. Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR, says plans that guide the management of deer in southeastern Utah will expire soon.

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Release fish the right way

Summer is an important time to catch and release fish properly. Proper catch and release is especially important when temperatures are reaching the hottest they'll be all year. Following a few simple rules will greatly increase the chance that fish survive after you release them.

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Upland Game hunts start next month

Utah's upland game seasons begin on Aug. 22. That's when the white-tailed ptarmigan hunt starts. The upland game seasons won't end until the snowshoe hare hunt ends on March 15. That's almost seven full months of hunting.

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See mountain goats in unique terrain

You could see as many as 100 mountain goats on Aug. 8. And you might not need binoculars. On that day, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Goat Watch on the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver.

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See ospreys on July 23

Ospreys are unique birds. They build huge nests that look like chimneys. Watching them plummet out of the sky — to snatch fish that are swimming under the surface of the water — can take your breath away. You can see these large birds, and learn more about them, during a free field trip on July 23.

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Cougar, bobcat recommendations

The number of cougars and bobcats taken during Utah's upcoming hunting and trapping seasons should be similar to the number taken this past season. Starting July 22, all of the Division of Wildlife Resources' cougar and furbearer recommendations should be available at wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings

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