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Walleye stocked illegally in Echo Res.

Walleye are a fun and challenging fish to catch. And they taste great on the table. But is Echo Reservoir the right place for them? DWR biologists have some concerns after someone placed walleye in the reservoir illegally.

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Another great chukar hunt

After flying in helicopters over two areas in Utah's West Desert, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists have some exciting — and unusual — news to report: the number of chukar partridge in north-central Tooele County is close to a record high. And the number in central Box Elder County is the highest since surveys started there in 2009.

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Learn to hunt waterfowl, upland game

If you'd like to learn how to hunt waterfowl and upland game in Utah, two wildlife biologists — who are also avid hunters — are ready to show you how. Blair Stringham and Jason Robinson will share their expertise at two free seminars in Richfield on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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