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The perfect Christmas gifts

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy.

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Apply for a turkey hunting permit

Even though snow has barely touched the ground in some areas in Utah, one group of Utahns — the state's turkey hunters — are already preparing for next spring. And they have lots of reasons to be excited about next spring. The number of turkeys in Utah is growing. That means more permits and more chances to hunt turkeys on limited-entry units in 2016.

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2016 big game hunting rules approved

You can place some additional equipment on your bow and muzzleloader in 2016. And a new elk plan should lead to some new cow elk hunting opportunities in Utah next fall. All of the rules the board approved for the 2016 big game seasons will be available.

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Another 107-day waterfowl season

If you enjoy hunting waterfowl in Utah, get ready for another 107-day season in 2016. During the season, which begins Oct. 1, the daily bag limit will be the same as this season: seven ducks and four dark geese. There are some changes, though.

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Black bear proposals similar to 2015

A new black bear strategy, started in Utah in 2015, did exactly what wildlife managers hoped it would: it led to government agencies taking fewer bears and hunters taking more. In 2014, hunters and government agencies took a total of 378 bears in Utah. In 2015 — despite putting more hunters in the field — the number taken declined to 370.

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Hardware Ranch Elk Festival, Dec. 12

The Hardware Ranch Elk Festival will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at this year's Elk Festival. And, if you enjoy shooting muzzleloaders — and you can scoot across the snow on snowshoes — you can participate in a new biathlon this year.

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See Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep

You can see Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep up close at the annual Bighorn Sheep Watch. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the event on Dec. 5, 2015, along an eight-mile stretch of the Green River in southeastern Utah. The event is free.

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Wild turkeys doing well in Utah

Did you know that Utah is home to a thriving population of wild turkeys? Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says more than 25,000 turkeys live in Utah. "It's tough to get a solid estimate," he says, "but based on the number of male turkeys hunters took this past spring, we estimate the state's population at more than 25,000 birds."

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Pheasants still being released

Utah's pheasant hunt runs until Dec. 6 on state and federal land across Utah, and in private land enrolled in the Walk-In Access program. To ensure plenty of birds are available to hunt, hundreds of pheasants will be released on Thursdays or Fridays, just in time for hunters heading out for the weekend.

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Life returns to Red Fleet Reservoir

Those at the boat ramp at Red Fleet Reservoir were all smiles when the first fish hatchery truck drove down the ramp on Nov. 16. The truck released more than 3,800 Colorado River cutthroat trout into the reclaimed waters. The truck returned a few hours later with its second load of fish, another 5,000 cutthroat trout from the Whiterocks State Fish Hatchery.

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