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Free waterfowl clinic for youth & adults

The Division of Wildlife Resources and Ducks Unlimited will hold a free clinic on Saturday, Sept. 24 to help youth and adults sharpen their waterfowl hunting skills.This year's Waterfowl Hunting Clinic will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Desert Lake Waterfowl Management Area east of Elmo.

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Watch migrating birds of prey

Thousands of hawks, eagles and other birds of prey fly through Utah's crisp, clear skies every fall. You can see these birds, and learn more about them, at Utah's annual Raptor Watch Day. The event is held at the Orem overlook on Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The overlook is along Squaw Peak Trail Road, just east of Orem.

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New Wildlife Education Center

On Sept. 8, shovels turned and ground was broke for a new wildlife education center on the shores of Great Salt Lake. In addition to helping visitors explore the lake, its wetlands, and the wildlife that call this critical area home, Division of Wildlife Resources Director Greg Sheehan envisions the center as something the local community will use and take pride in.

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See kokanee at Sheep Creek, Sept. 10

The Division of Wildlife Resource's annual Kokanee Salmon Day at Sheep Creek will be held Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you visit to see kokanee salmon on Sept. 10, make sure and bring binoculars or a spotting scope with you. You might see some bighorn sheep too.

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See kokanee salmon at Strawberry

You can see hundreds of bright red salmon — and possibly other wildlife, too — at the annual Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day. The event will be held Sept. 17 at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) visitor center at Strawberry Reservoir

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Youth Waterfowl Hunt, Sept. 17

Hunters 17 years of age and younger will have Utah's marshes — and the ducks and geese that go with them — all to themselves on Sept. 17. That's the day Utah hosts its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt. For the first time ever, those 16 and 17 years old can participate in the hunt.

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Take a young person partridge hunting

Three days of upland game hunting fun starts Sept. 17. That's the first day of Utah's three-day youth chukar and gray partridge hunt.

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Board approves cougar, bobcat hunting

Cougars and bobcats are doing well in Utah. Because they're doing well, members of the Utah Wildlife Board recently approved only minor changes for Utah's 2016–2017 cougar hunting season.

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Free bird hunting clinic in Vernal

Young hunters can learn the basics of waterfowl and upland game hunting — and then apply the skills they learn the very next day — by attending a free clinic. The free Upland Game and Waterfowl Clinic will be held on Sept. 16 from 5–8 p.m. at the Vernal Game Farm.

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DWR recommends bait fishing changes

Utah is the only state in the West that doesn't allow anglers to use corn for bait. That might change in 2017, though. Biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending a two-year pilot study at eight waters in Utah. You can let your Regional Advisory Council members know your thoughts by attending your upcoming RAC meeting.

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