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The Utah Wildlife Board recently authorized a four-day sandhill crane hunt and an unprecedented early hunt for Canadian geese.

The sandhill crane hunt will be Sept. 1-2 and 8-9.There will be 80 permits that will be split equally between Cache and Rich counties. Last year, 100 permits were issued between the two counties.

The board also authorized an early season goose hunt in Cache County. The hunt was called to help reduce crop damage. There will be 150 permits issued and each permit allows the taking of two birds.

Hunt dates are the same as for cranes. An area near Mendon in Cache County will be closed to sandhill and goose hunting.

Applications for both the sandhill and goose hunts can be submitted between July 9-20. The drawing will be Aug. 3. The permits are free, but there is a $2 nonrefundable postage and handling fee.

The board also approved a mourning dove and band-tailed pigeon hunt from Sept. 1-30. Daily limit on dove is 10 and on band-tailed pigeon it's 5.


FIRE RESTRICTIONS - State and federal officials have ordered fire restrictions for parts of Box Elder, Cache, Weber, Morgan, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Juab counties.

The restricted area extends south along the western slope of the Wasatch Front from Collinston, northeast of Tremonton, to Nephi.

The order includes all state, private and national forest lands within the restricted area and remain in effect until rescinded.

These restrictions prohibit:

- Open fires of any kind, except campfires within facilities provided for in designated campground or picnic areas.

- Smoking, except in vehicles, boats, developed recreations sites, residences, or on paved roads.

- Fireworks within the restricted area or within any national forest system land.


ARTIST HONORED - From a field of 146 entries, a painting by David Wade of Salt Lake City has been chosen to grace the 1991 Wyoming Conservation Stamp.

Wade's work was entitled "Three Rams." It is the second time Wade has won the Wyoming competition. In 1987, his painting of a buck and doe mule deer was chosen.