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400 elk at Hardware Ranch

Wild elk are in the meadow at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. That means for the first time this winter, you can take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the middle of the herd. On Dec. 27, Marni Lee, assistant manager at the Hardware Ranch WMA, said cold weather had pushed about 400 elk into the meadow.

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Uintah Basin ice fishing clinics

This January, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is offering the free ice fishing clinics in the Uintah Basin. If you'd like to learn how to catch fish through the ice, two ice fishing clinics — and an ice fishing seminar — will show you how.

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Chukar hunting gets better in winter

The onset of winter is good news for chukar hunters. Once snow starts to fall, the birds concentrate in smaller areas. That makes it easier to find the birds. Also, fortunately, chukar partridge live in some of Utah's driest areas. That means you won't have to worry as much about getting your vehicle stuck in snow, or hiking through deep snow, like you might while participating in other hunts.

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Capturing pronghorn in southern Utah

As the sun peaked over the mountain tops on Dec. 16, the sound of helicopter blades pounded across the sage flats south of Loa and Bicknell in south-central Utah. The sound of the choppers was a sure sign that biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources were conducting a pronghorn capture in Wayne County.

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Developing a Utah prairie dog plan

A recent court decision has opened the door to some exciting possibilities for Utah prairie dogs and those who own much of the land the species calls home. The ruling by Federal Judge Dee Benson returned management authority — for Utah prairie dogs that are not on federal land in Utah — back to the state.

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Condor chick updates

Program biologists from The Peregrine Fund and Zion National Park have confirmed that two California condor chicks have left their nests and taken flight in northern Arizona, but hopes of a third chick successfully reaching the fledgling milestone in southern Utah have been dashed by a lack of visual observation. The third chick was Utah's first wild-hatched condor chick.

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The best Christmas gifts

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a Utah fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy.

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DWR launches massive patrol effort

This winter is not a good time to try to kill a mule deer illegally in Utah. Conservation officers with the Division of Wildlife Resources are focusing massive patrol efforts on ranges on which deer congregate in the winter. Officers are conducting the patrols for one reason: to protect Utah's mule deer from poachers.

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New opportunities for hunters

New hunts for mule deer — and longer hunting seasons for elk and mountain goats — await hunters in Utah next fall. Justin Shannon, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says giving hunters more chances to hunt was one of the major things DWR biologists wanted to do for 2015.

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Salt Lake ice fishing seminar

You can learn the basics of ice fishing at a free clinic on Jan. 8, 2015. In addition to the basics, experienced ice anglers and biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources will share tips and tricks that will help you catch fish.

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