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Apply for a big game permit, Jan. 26

It might be the middle of winter, but it's almost time to apply for a permit to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall. Applications will be accepted starting Jan. 26, 2017 and through 11 p.m on March 2, 2017.

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Deer feeding in the Bear Lake Valley

More than 30 inches of snow and bitter cold temperatures are threatening the survival of deer in part of the Bear Lake Valley. Fortunately for the deer, help is on its way. On Jan. 13, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources and hunters from sportsmen's groups teamed up to start an emergency deer feeding program in Garden City. This is the first time emergency deer feeding has been needed in Utah since 2008.

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Catch burbot, win cash and prizes

The Burbot Bash is almost here! "This annual event gets bigger every year," says Tonya Kieffer, regional conservation outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. "It's the perfect way to have fun and catch fish while helping manage the great fishery at Flaming Gorge Reservoir."

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Lake trout: too many mouths to feed

You can make fishing better at Flaming Gorge Reservoir — and provide a healthy and tasty meal to your family and friends — by keeping your limit of lake trout. Currently, the popular reservoir in northeastern Utah — known for producing some of the largest lake trout in the country — has too many small lake trout in it.

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Black bears doing well in Utah

At their Jan. 3 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved a slight increase in the number of limited-entry bear hunting permits offered for Utah's 2017 hunts. Based on the 44 percent success rate hunters had in 2016, the 46 additional permits the board approved should result in about 20 additional bears being taken in Utah this year.

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Hunt cottontails in the winter

Don't put your shotgun or .22 away yet. Chukar and gray partridge, snowshoe hare and cottontail rabbit hunts are still underway across Utah. If you're just getting into hunting — or you're an experienced hunter who's ready for a hunt that's not too strenuous — the cottontail rabbit hunt might be the perfect hunt to choose.

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Great ice fishing, close to home

Utah has some of the best ice fishing in the country. Many waters in Utah provide good ice fishing year after year. Learn where you can catch a variety of fish, close to your home.

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Big change awaits Utah's deer hunters

If you're among the thousands of deer hunters waiting for a chance to apply for a 2017 Utah deer hunting permit, the Division of Wildlife Resources wants to make you aware of a major change. The change involves preference points. If you apply for a general-season deer hunting permit, but don't draw one, you receive a preference point. The points you receive increase the chance you'll draw a general-season deer hunting permit in the near future.

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Learn how to ice fish, then go fishing

Would you like to give ice fishing a try, but you're not sure how to get started? You can learn the basics at a free ice fishing seminar on Jan. 13 in Price. Then, the day after the seminar, you can try your newly learned skills during a fishing trip to a local reservoir.

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Two duck hunting zones this fall

If you're willing to travel, you can enjoy an extra week of duck hunting in Utah this fall. At their Jan. 3 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved the creation of two duck hunting zones in Utah. They also approved a reduction in the number of pintail ducks hunters can take each day. And they approved the creation of a new rest area for waterfowl.

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