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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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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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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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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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Still time to hunt turkeys in Utah

If you'd like to get into Utah's backcountry and hunt turkeys this spring, but you don't have a permit yet, no problem: there's still plenty of time to hunt. And plenty of permits are available. Utah's general statewide turkey hunt runs until May 31. Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says reports he's received from the field indicate turkey hunting has been excellent this spring.

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Best Memorial Day Weekend fishing

Biologists have some exciting news about the bonytail: the rarest of the endangered fish that live in the upper Colorado River system. For the first time since work to recover bonytail started in the 1980s, they're raising their own young in the wild.

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More deer permits, new elk permits

Depending on which unit you applied for, you might have a better chance at drawing a permit to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall. And, if you obtain written permission to hunt on private property, a new cow elk hunting experience is waiting for you this year. The Utah Wildlife Board has approved 12,010 private lands only permits.

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Black bear safety tips

A fun camping trip can turn into a tragic experience if you do things that lure bears into the area where you're camping. Fortunately, it's easy to reduce the chance that a bear comes your way if you follow these safety tips.

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Rare fish spawns in the wild

Biologists have some exciting news about the bonytail: the rarest of the endangered fish that live in the upper Colorado River system. For the first time since work to recover bonytail started in the 1980s, they're raising their own young in the wild.

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See cutthroat trout, May 28

Right now, many of Strawberry Reservoir's cutthroat trout are migrating up the Strawberry River to spawn, but you don't have to be an angler to get a close look. Biologists from the DWR are hosting a free cutthroat trout viewing event on May 28, 2016.

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