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Are non-lead bullets right for you?

You can learn more about non-lead ammunition — and see how it performs in your firearm — at a free clinic on July 9. The Division of Wildlife Resources and The Peregrine Fund are hosting the clinic to introduce hunters and livestock owners to non-lead ammunition and the advantages of using it.

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Wolverine found in Rich County

Even though it was hit and killed by a vehicle, the fact a wolverine was in northern Utah is exciting to staff with the Division of Wildlife Resources. "This wolverine was not transplanted to Utah," says DWR Director Greg Sheehan. "It made its way here on its own. It's amazing to see the diversity of wildlife we have in Utah expand even more. Particularly, such a charismatic and mythical species as the wolverine."

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Apply for a swan permit in July

If you'd like to hunt tundra swans in Utah this fall, you need to be aware of a major change: starting this year, applications will be accepted in July. You can apply for a swan hunting permit — or a sandhill cranes, sharp-tailed grouse and sage grouse hunting permit — between July 6–21.

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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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