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Learn to hunt turkeys, win prizes

Young people can learn how to hunt wild turkeys, receive free raffle tickets, and leave with free door prizes at the first Southern Region Turkey Hunting Clinic. The April 18 clinic is open to anyone 17 years of age and younger. If you attend, you'll walk away with a basic understanding of how to hunt turkeys, as well as prizes supplied by The National Wild Turkey Federation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.

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Rebuilding the Red Fleet fishery

After several years of gathering data, and a winter full of meetings, the Red Fleet Fisheries Management Plan — and a list of fish chosen to restart the fishery at the reservoir — is ready for public review.

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Turkey hunting seminar in Vernal

If you want to hunt wild turkeys, but you're not sure where to start, a free seminar on April 2 will show you the way. The Division of Wildlife Resources will offer the seminar at its office in Vernal, 318 North Vernal Avenue. The seminar runs from 6–8 p.m.

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Fish at Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge

Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge Reservoir are two of the best fishing waters in Utah. If you've never fished them before — or if you have, but you want to catch more fish the next time you go — you won't want to miss a free April 8 fishing seminar in Salt Lake City.

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Fishing heats up early this year

Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says a warm winter has caused warm water and cool water fish — including bass, walleye, panfish, catfish and pike — to get active sooner this year.

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DWR hosts annual Loon Watch

The common loon — an almost mythical bird built for diving and with a haunting voice — stops in northeastern Utah every spring. You can learn more about this unique bird on April 4, as the Division of Wildlife Resources hosts its third annual Loon Watch.

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More deer hunting permits possible

The number of mule deer in Utah is growing. If you're a deer hunter, that's great news: it might mean more chances to hunt deer in the state this fall. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are recommending a total of 87,050 general deer hunting permits for this fall's hunts. In 2014, a total of 84,800 permits were offered.

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View strutting sage-grouse on April 11

The "bloop, bloop" sound that male sage-grouse make, as they strut on their breeding grounds, is one of the most unique sounds you'll ever hear in nature. You can hear and watch this ritual yourself at a free wildlife-viewing event in east-central Utah that will take place on April 11 at Emma Park.

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Boats must exit I-15

If you're in southern Utah — and you're transporting a boat north on Interstate 15 — you must exit the freeway at the port of entry just south of St. George. After exiting the freeway, technicians with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will ask you some questions to determine if your boat might be carrying quagga mussels. They'll also inspect your boat, to see if any quagga mussels are attached to it.

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Deer herds focus of public meetings

The Division of Wildlife Resources will hold two open houses to discuss deer management strategies in south-central Utah on March 31 and April 1, 2015. The meetings will specifically cover the following units: Plateau, Boulder; Plateau, Fish Lake; Plateau, Thousand Lakes; and Monroe.

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