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Turkey hunting clinic in SW Utah

Young people can learn how to hunt wild turkeys, receive free raffle tickets and leave with free door prizes at the Second Annual Southern Region Turkey Hunting Clinic. Heather Talley says the April 2 clinic is open to anyone 17 years of age and younger.

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Turkey hunting clinic in No. Utah

Attending the annual "Spring Strut" at Hardware Ranch could be the perfect way to prepare for Utah's spring turkey hunting season. And you might even walk away with some free gear. The free event happens on April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Free walleye fishing seminar, March 30

Want to catch more walleye? If you answered yes, plan on attending the Annual Utah Walleye Seminar on March 30, 2016. In addition to learning more about walleye and how to catch them, two guided walleye fishing trips will be given away.

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Sage grouse released in Tooele County

With only one exception, greater sage grouse are doing well in Utah. And the one area where the birds are struggling — Tooele County — received some much-needed help on March 10.

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See mountain goats, March 12

As the snow piles up in the winter, mountain goats along the South Slope of the Uinta Mountains move down onto ridges that are exposed to the sun. The southern sun, steep terrain and a little help from the wind clear these ridges of snow. That provides a great wintering area for the goats — and a unique viewing opportunity for people.

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"Ice off" means hot fishing near shore

It lasts only a short period of time. But, if you enjoy catching trout and other coldwater fish from the shore, you won't want to miss "ice off" this spring. The warming water is drawing the hungry trout and other coldwater fish from deeper water, where they've spent the winter, into shallow water to feed.

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Watch the sky turn white

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings. You can see this spectacle yourself on Feb. 26 and 27 at the annual Delta Snow Goose Festival.

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Coming soon: a new Red Fleet fishery

New fish species will soon join the wipers, rainbow trout and native cutthroat trout that were stocked at Red Fleet Reservoir in November 2015.

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Apply for bear hunting/pursuit permit

Don't let the cold weather fool you; Utah's spring black bear hunt will start in about two months. If you'd like to hunt bears during the spring, summer or fall seasons, the time to apply for a permit is almost here. You can apply starting Feb. 8.

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Apply for big game hunts by Mar. 3

If you want to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall, the clock is ticking. Applications for hunting permits are due no later than 11 p.m. on March 3. You can learn more about the application at wildlife.utah.gov/2016biggame.html.

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