Top shooter in Women's Aggregate; third overall for NRA Intercollegiate Individual Aggregate

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Women's Individual Aggregate Champion Lexi Lagan of University of Utah

Columbus, Georgia - Although the University of Utah's Lexi Lagan shot the individual match of her career at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, winning the Individual Women's Aggregate and placing third in the overall Individual Aggregate, she couldn't have been more humble in crediting her entire team in pushing her to succeed.

"Last year our team was really competitive, but we were missing that little extra nudge to make us contenders," Lagan said.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Forest grouse hunt isn't over yet

Once the snow hits, a few small changes can help you find and take birds

Hunters saw good numbers of dusky grouse in Utah this fall. Photo by J. Kirk Gardner December can be a great month to hunt forest grouse in Utah.

As the state's big game hunts wind down, upland game hunters have more of the mountains to themselves. For forest grouse hunters, that means more time in higher elevations during the last month of the hunt.

Utah's forest grouse hunt ends Dec. 31. As the hunt enters its final month, Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says reports he's received from hunters indicate good numbers of dusky grouse have been found this fall. Finding ruffed grouse has been "hit and miss," he says.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Get a buck deer permit

More than 3,300 permits are still available to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall. - Photo by Brent Stettler

More than 3,300 permits still available

If you don't have a permit to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall, you can still get one.

This year's big game draw is over. More than 1,400 general archery permits, and more than 1,800 general muzzleloader permits, were not taken in the draw.

The remaining permits go on sale July 11.

Which units have permits?

Permits are still available for nine of Utah's 30 deer hunting units. You can see which units have permits on our website.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Services - Free shooting at Lee Kay, June 7 and 8

hotguns are among the firearms you can learn to shoot at an open house at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range. Photo by RaLynne Takeda

Free instruction offered on June 7 and June 8

Salt Lake City, Utah – If you've never shot a .22 rifle before, visit the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range on June 7 and June 8.

The range is holding an open house both of those days. During the open house, the range's archery, rifle and handgun ranges will be open for free. And, if you want to shoot on the shotgun range, you can for a reduced fee.

If you're a first-time shooter, part of the range will be set aside just for you. .22 rifles and enough ammunition to shoot at least a few rounds will be provided free of charge. Free instruction will also be provided by Division of Wildlife Resources staff and Hunter Education instructors.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Services - Deer hunting permits reduced slightly

Permits to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall have been reduced slightly in number - Photo by Mike Keller
Permits to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall have been reduced slightly in number - Photo by Mike Keller.
Salt Lake City, Utah — Even though the number of deer in Utah is going up, on May 2, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a slight decrease in the number of general buck deer permits available for hunts in Utah this fall.

A total of 84,600 general deer permits will be available for 2013. In 2012, a total of 86,500 permits were offered.

Division of Wildlife Resources Big Game Coordinator Anis Aoude says even though the total number of deer in Utah is going up, the number of bucks per 100 does is still below the management objective on some of the state's hunting units.

Aoude says two factors determine how many buck deer permits can be offered on a unit: The average number of bucks per 100 does on the unit over the past three years and whether that number has increased, decreased or stayed the same during the three-year period.

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From Winchester Repeating Arms - Super X Pump Marine Defender From Winchester Repeating Arms

Morgan, Utah - The new Super X Pump Marine Defender from Winchester Repeating Arms is ready for any weather while on the water, for home protection and competition shooting.

The SXP Marine Defender features an inertia-assisted action for faster cycling of shells. Matte Hard Chrome Plating on the barrel and magazine tube offers excellent protection against the elements. A drop out trigger group allows for easy cleaning.

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From Browning - On Point Flashlights From Browning

Morgan, Utah - The 90° angle head design of the new On Point and On Point Max gives users a new way to use a flashlight. The design allow the lights to stand vertically on a level surface and features a deep pocket carry clip that rotates 360° for hands free use.

The On Point Flashlight has a 95 yard effective distance, uses one AA battery and features a Cree XP-E LED light. The On Point Max Flashlight has an effective range of 130 yards, uses two CR123A lithium batteries and features a Cree XP-G LED light. Both On Point lights have a High, Low and Fast strobe output setting. To keep the lights on, they feature a lockout tailcap switch.

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From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Free rifle-shooting clinic, competition

.22 rifle shooting event happens April 6

Youth at a free .22 rifle shooting clinic and competition will happen April 6 RICE, Utah — Children, youth and adults will have a free chance to shoot at a variety of moving and stationary targets with a .22 rifle soon. On April 6, the Division of Wildlife Resources, in partnership with Ron and Jeremy Young — organizers of the North Springs .22 Challenge — will offer a shoot at the North Springs Shooting Range south of Price.

Registration begins at 9 a.m.

"The event consists of a number of timed shooting events called stages," says Brent Stettler, regional conservation outreach manager for the DWR. "A different type of target and objective will be offered at each stage. Trophies will be presented to those who accrue the most points."

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From the Utah Division of Wilderness Resources - Want to gather shed antlers in Utah?

Late winter and early spring is the worst time of the year for elk, moose and especially deer in Utah.

In the winter, deep snow makes it hard for deer to move and find food. And cold temperatures sap the deers' strength. By the time winter ends, deer are usually the weakest they'll be all year.

Winter is also the time of year when male deer, elk and moose shed their antlers. The animals will be without antlers until spring, when they'll start to grow a new set.

Gathering shed antlers

Antler Sheds - Photo by Brent Stettler, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Gathering antlers that drop off of deer, elk and moose is a popular activity across the country, including here in Utah. The downside to shed-antler gathering is that it happens during the worst time of the year for the animals. And it takes place in the habitat the animals rely on in the winter.

"By the time winter ends, the animals are stressed," says Mike Fowlks, deputy director of the Division of Wildlife Resources.

"Also, the habitat is wet," he says. "It's easily damaged. Once the habitat is damaged, it can take years for it to recover."

Fortunately, Fowlks says you can have fun gathering shed antlers without stressing the animals and damaging their habitat.

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