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Great fall fishing in north-central Utah

Anglers in north-central Utah will be happy to learn that fishing is great at several waters right now. Mike Slater, regional aquatics manager with the Division of Wildlife Resources, says October and November are peak months for fishing.

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Green River fishing picks up

If the Green River's performance last year is any indicator, fishing this fall will be fantastic. Many anglers who fished the Green a month or two ago have stored their rods for the season. It's not uncommon to have your favorite fishing hole all to yourself this time of the year.

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Rifle buck deer hunt almost here

Utah's most popular hunt — the general rifle buck deer hunt — starts Oct. 19, 2013. More than 60,000 hunters, along with their family and friends, are expected to be in Utah's backcountry that day. If you have a permit for the hunt, here's what you can expect to find when you go afield.

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Tips for the rifle buck deer hunt

If you're one of the lucky hunters who has a permit for the general season rifle buck deer hunt, getting prepared now is the key to a safe and successful experience that takes advantage of all that deer hunting has to offer.

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Bull elk permits are almost gone

Permits to hunt bull elk in Utah this fall are almost gone. On the morning of Sept. 26, the following general elk permits were still available:

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Waterfowl Slam launches in Utah

This year, waterfowl hunters can help improve Waterfowl Management Areas (WMAs) while putting a feather in their cap. The Utah Waterfowl Slam challenges hunters to harvest specific types of waterfowl during the 2013–2014 season.

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Lots of migrating waterfowl

Plenty of ducks, geese and swans will be available to hunters in Utah this fall. But how long will the birds stay? That's something hunters are wondering about as the start of Utah's general waterfowl hunt approaches Oct. 5.

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Apply for a cougar hunting permit

If you want to hunt cougars on a limited-entry unit in Utah, you need to get your application in soon. Applications for hunting permits will be accepted until 11 p.m. on Oct. 9.

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Hot fishing, cooler temperatures

Despite a dry year, this fall will bring great fishing to Utah as the weather cools down and water levels rise. Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, has consistently seen fall produce some of the biggest catches and fastest fishing of the year.

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Youth get first crack at pheasants

On Oct. 12 — three weeks before the regular pheasant and quail hunt starts in Utah — those who are 15 years of age or younger will have the state's pheasants and quail all to themselves. That's the day Utah hosts its annual youth pheasant and quail hunting day.

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