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Rattlesnake safety tips

Coming across a rattlesnake in the wild — or in your yard — can be a frightening experience. But it doesn't have to be. If you respect the snake and give it some space, there's almost no chance your encounter with it will be negative. And, if you can find a safe place to watch the snake, you'll observe one of the most unique critters in the world.

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"I found a deer fawn. Now what?"

If you hike in an area where deer live in Utah, don't be surprised if you come across a deer fawn, or maybe even an elk calf, in early summer. Leave it right where you found it. Don't approach it, don't touch it, and, by all means, don't pick it up and bring it home.

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Fun fishing that's close to home

Community ponds across the state provide anglers of all ages — from young children to senior citizens — a convenient, inexpensive and fun place to fish. Find the ponds closest to you.

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Catch fish, win prizes

Young people can catch fish and win prizes at a fishing clinic offered by the Division of Wildlife Resources and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (SFW). The June 18 clinic is open to anyone 17 years of age or younger.

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Fish for free on June 11, 2016

If you'd like to give fishing a try — but you don't have a fishing license — grab a fishing pole and head to your nearest fishing water on June 11. June 11 is Free Fishing Day in Utah, and you won't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day.

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Share your fishing ideas with the DWR

Should corn be a legal fishing bait in Utah? How long must a tiger muskie be, before you're allowed to keep it? Should the size restriction on smallmouth bass at Jordanelle Reservoir be removed? Those are just a few of the questions you'll find in the survey online.

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Stop or risk a ticket

Boaters 'discovered' a watercraft inspection station in Wasatch County the hard way recently: they were pulled over and ticketed for not stopping at the station. The station is at the Daniels Canyon port of entry.

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See bald eagles on June 16, 18 and 20

You can see two adult bald eagles — and their three baby eaglets — during free field trips in June. The Division of Wildlife Resources will host the field trips on Thursday, June 16 and Saturday, June 18. To participate, meet at the Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City at 6 p.m. each evening.

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Apply for an antlerless permit

If you'd like to hunt cow elk, cow moose, doe deer or doe pronghorn in Utah this fall, the deadline to apply for a permit is coming up quick. Applications for Utah antlerless permits will be accepted through wildlife.utah.gov starting May 26. You must submit your application through the website no later than 11 p.m. on June 16 to be included in permit drawing.

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Free fun at Outdoor Adventure Days

Once you see everything there is to do, it might be hard to believe that Outdoor Adventure Days is free. But it is. There's no cost to attend the two-day event—taking place June 10 and 11, 2016—and the things you and your family can do will keep you entertained for hours.

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