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Meet the Bats Night in SE Utah

You can get close to bats at a free "Meet the Bats Night." The event will be held the evening of Sept. 5 at the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area east of Green River.

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Best upland game hunting in 10 years

Hunting for three upland game species — cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare and forest grouse — should be the best it's been in Utah in 10 years. And the mourning dove hunt should be really good too.

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Learn to hunt birds at a free clinic

If you'd like to take up bird hunting, but you don't feel you have the confidence and knowledge you need to give it a try, the Division of Wildlife Resources has the answer: the Bird Hunting for Beginners clinic in Logan on Aug. 28.

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No limit on archery elk permits

If you haven't obtained an archery big game hunting permit yet, no problem — there's still a chance to hunt in Utah this fall. Permits for Utah's general archery bull elk hunt are not limited in number. You can get one anytime between now and the end of the extended archery elk hunt on Dec. 15.

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Release fish the right way

Summer is an important time to catch and release fish properly. Proper catch and release is especially important when temperatures are reaching the hottest they'll be all year. Following a few simple rules will greatly increase the chance that fish survive after you release them.

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Apply for a swan hunting permit

Applications to hunt tundra swans in Utah this fall will be accepted starting Aug. 25. You might want to apply as close to Aug. 25 as possible — the application period isn't very long. To be included in the draw for permits, applications must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Sept. 3.

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See mountain goats in unique terrain

You could see as many as 100 mountain goats on Aug. 8. And you might not need binoculars. On that day, the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Goat Watch on the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver.

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Tips for a safe archery hunt

Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 15, 2015. Archers can stay safe during this year's archery hunts by following a few, simple rules.

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Cougar, bobcat recommendations

The number of cougars and bobcats taken during Utah's upcoming hunting and trapping seasons should be similar to the number taken this past season. Starting July 22, all of the Division of Wildlife Resources' cougar and furbearer recommendations should be available at wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings

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Plenty of bucks for archers to pursue

Utah's general archery buck deer hunt starts Aug. 15, and biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources say the hunt should be a good one. The overall number of deer in the state is the highest it's been since the early 1990s. If you have a permit for this year's general archery buck deer hunt, plenty of bucks and lots of water are waiting for you.

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