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Fishing heats up early this year

Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says a warm winter has caused warm water and cool water fish — including bass, walleye, panfish, catfish and pike — to get active sooner this year.

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More deer hunting permits possible

The number of mule deer in Utah is growing. If you're a deer hunter, that's great news: it might mean more chances to hunt deer in the state this fall. Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are recommending a total of 87,050 general deer hunting permits for this fall's hunts. In 2014, a total of 84,800 permits were offered.

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Boats must exit I-15

If you're in southern Utah — and you're transporting a boat north on Interstate 15 — you must exit the freeway at the port of entry just south of St. George. After exiting the freeway, technicians with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will ask you some questions to determine if your boat might be carrying quagga mussels. They'll also inspect your boat, to see if any quagga mussels are attached to it.

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Learn how to hunt wild turkeys

If you'd like to get into the backcountry and hunt turkeys this spring, but you're not sure how to get started, free seminars across Utah will show you the way. The Division of Wildlife Resources has teamed with several organizations, including The National Wild Turkey Federation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, to offer five seminars this spring.

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See mountain goats

As snow gets deep 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 the wind help clear the ridges of snow. That provides a great wintering area for the goats — and a unique viewing opportunity for people.

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Utah prairie dog plan approved

If you own land where Utah prairie dogs live in southwestern Utah, action taken on March 5 might affect you. That day, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved the Utah Prairie Dog Management Plan for Non-federal Lands.

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Prairie dog plan ready for review

A plan to manage a prairie dog species that's found only in southwestern Utah is ready for review. Since 1973, the Utah prairie dog has been listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. In late 2014, a ruling in federal court returned management authority for Utah prairie dogs — that are not on federal land in Utah — back to the state.

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It's gonna be a hoot!

For the first time in Carbon and Emery counties, the Division of Wildlife Resources will sponsor a special "Listen to the Owls Night." The free event will be held March 21.

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Apply now! Time is running out

This fall's deer hunt could be one of the best Utah's hunters have seen in years. If you want to participate, you need to submit your application soon. Applications to hunt deer, and other big game animals in Utah, are due online no later than 11 p.m. on March 5

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Fish in Utah Lake need your help

When fish are taken from one body of water, and placed illegally in another body of water, bad things can happen. Mike Slater, regional aquatic manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says a population of northern pike, placed in Utah Lake illegally, is rapidly growing in size. And that could spell trouble for sport fish and endangered fish that live in the lake.

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