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Lots of deer await rifle deer hunters

As Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt approaches, the Utah Division of Wildlife has some encouraging news to share. The Division has also launched a new website that could help you get ready for the hunt.

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Utah's most prized big game permits

Starting Oct. 26, you can apply for next year's most prized Utah big game hunting permits — 2017 sportsman permits. Sportsman permit usually have longer season dates and let you hunt on almost any unit in Utah.

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How to have a safe rifle hunt

Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — begins Oct. 22, 2016. Getting prepared now — by gathering materials and gaining knowledge — is the key to a safe and successful experience.

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DWR seeks public input on Scofield

The Division of Wildlife Resources is seeking input from the public about the fishery at Scofield Reservoir and the opportunities anglers would like to see there. You can provide your feedback through an online survey that will be available until Nov. 1.

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Watch the Sept. 29 Wildlife Board meeting

You can watch the December 9, 2016 Utah Wildlife Board meeting.

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Youth get first crack at pheasants

Oct. 15, 16 or 17 might be the best time this fall to take a young person pheasant or quail hunting in Utah. The state will host its annual youth pheasant and quail hunt on those days. Those who were 17 years of age or younger on July 31, 2016 will have Utah's pheasants and quail all to themselves.

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Slams help birds, hunters, watchers

The next time you hunt or watch birds at two waterfowl management areas in northern Utah, some new opportunities will be waiting for you. And you can thank waterfowl hunters for both of them.

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In 2017, you can use corn at 8 waters

Starting in 2017, Utah will no longer be the only state in the West that does not allow corn to be used for bait. At their Sept. 29 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board — a panel of seven citizens appointed by the governor — approved a Division of Wildlife Resources recommendation to start a two-year pilot study focused on the use of corn as bait.

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Lots of birds, decent conditions

Lots of ducks, geese and swans will wing their way through Utah this fall. But, with Great Salt Lake near a record low, how long will they stay? Utah's general waterfowl hunt opens Oct. 1. As the season nears, Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, has news — most of it positive — to share with hunters.

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Women's hand-to-hand combat clinic

Getting outdoors is one of the safest and most enjoyable experiences you can have. But, for some women, the thought of getting outdoors on their own creates some anxiety. You can overcome some of that nervousness by attending hand-to-hand combat and self defense training on Oct. 17 and 18 in Cedar City.

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