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Youth guided waterfowl hunt

If you're a young person, and you're interested in hunting ducks and geese — but you have little or no experience — Widow Maker Boats, the Utah Conservation Officers Association and Wasatch Widgeons have a deal for you: a free hunt guided by some of Utah's best waterfowl hunters.

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Apply for grouse, crane permits

Even though summer has just begun, it's already time to start planning for three bird hunts in Utah this fall. Starting July 8, the Division of Wildlife Resources will accept applications for this fall's sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and sandhill crane hunts.

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Fun fishing that's close to home

Did you know that some of the best fishing in Utah might be only a few minutes from your home? Utah is home to 50 community fishing ponds. Most of the ponds are found in cities along the Wasatch Front (from Logan to Santaquin). Several ponds are also found in and near Cedar City and St. George.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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