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Rattlesnake safety tips

Seeing a rattlesnake in your yard or in the wild can be a frightening experience. But it doesn't have to be. If you respect the snake and give it some space, there's almost no chance you'll have a negative encounter with it. Here are some tips for what to do if you see a rattlesnake.

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What to do if you find a fawn

It's not unusual to find a deer fawn or an elk calf in the woods — or even in town — this time of the year. If you find a deer fawn or an elk calf, the best thing to do is keep your distance and leave the animal right where you found it.

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Get ready for a long waterfowl season

Booming populations of ducks and geese should mean another long hunting season and a liberal bag limit in Utah this fall. On June 4, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved another 107-day duck and goose hunting season.

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Learn how to float and fish

You don't need a big, expensive boat to get on the water and catch fish. Float tubes, pontoons and kayaks are less expensive alternatives. And they're fun to use. On June 18, you can learn how to fish from these hand-launched watercraft at a free seminar in Salt Lake City.

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Outdoor Adventure Days is coming up

You can learn how to shoot guns, catch fish in a fishing pond and ride all-terrain vehicles at Outdoor Adventure Days. The free event will be held June 12 and June 13 at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City

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Daniels Canyon quagga inspections

In an on-going effort to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species — including quagga mussels — the Utah Department of Natural Resources and the Utah Department of Transportation have opened a watercraft inspection station at the Daniels Canyon port of entry. Beginning May 29, vehicles with watercraft, including boats, personal watercraft (such as Jet Skis and Wave Runners), canoes, kayaks, float tubes and similar watercraft will be required to stop at the port of entry for inspection during hours when the station is open

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Visit Sunnyside, see bighorn sheep

Those who live in Sunnyside, Utah share their town with some unique neighbors: a herd of wild Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep! A free wildlife viewing event on June 13 is your best chance to see the sheep. From 6:30 p.m. to dusk, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources will answer questions and suggest places in town to get a good look.

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Quagga mussel checkpoint

Quagga mussel checkpoints will be held near Lake Powell this year. The first one happened May 13. That day, conservation officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources checked 11 boats at a checkpoint near Big Water on U.S. Highway 89, and one of the 11 boats had dead mussels on it.

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Free shooting

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shoot a bow and arrow? Or maybe a shotgun? And would you like to watch a group of expert shooters — dressed like cowboys from the Old West — demonstrate their shooting skills as they navigate a course that includes stationary and pop-up targets?

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Tell us what you think about fishing

If you like to fish in Utah, you have a golden opportunity right now to do two things: let fisheries biologists know your thoughts about fishing regulation changes the biologists are considering for 2016, and share your thoughts about fishing in Utah.

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