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Utah turkey hunters may apply for permits from Dec. 1-31. The hunt will be in the spring of 1995. For the hunt, 135 permits will be available for Rio Grande turkeys on 10 units throughout the state.

A total of 345 permits will be available for Merriam's turkeys on four units in Southern Utah. Applications are available inside the back cover of the 1994-95 Upland Game Proclamation.Hunters will need a 1995 small game or combination license prior to apply, but no Upland Game Habitat Stamp is necessary. Utah went to a limited entry only turkey hunt in 1993 to control hunting pressure and to provide a quality experience for hunters.

Two species of wild turkeys are found in Utah.

"We have nearly 2,500 Rio Grande and about 1,000 Merriam turkeys throughout the state," says Dean Mitchell, DWR upland game coordinator.

There's historical evidence that turkeys were here long ago. Bones have been found in old Indian ruins. Today, turkeys are captured in other states and transported to Utah to start new populations.

GILL NET CHECK - The first gill nets were pulled out of Jordanelle Reservoir, near Heber last month, and the results were hefty! Large rainbow trout showed up in good numbers. The new reservoir was stocked nearly two years ago but is not yet open to fishing. Rainbow trout in the reservoir are growing quickly, thanks to an abundance of food. Fishing at Jordanelle will open when Parks and Recreation facilities are completed, sometime next summer.

SWANS ARE IN - About 10,000 tundra swans settled in on northern Utah wetlands last month, to rest and feed before continuing their winter migration to the central valleys of California.

DWR waterfowl biologist Joel Huener says the birds were a little early this year, good news for Utah's 2,500 tundra swan permit holders.

"The swans came in earlier than last year, and they also flew and fed further south on DWR waterfowl management areas. That will also make them easier to get at for photographers and birdwatchers," said Huener.

He added that in addition to the traditional feeding areas at Salt Creek and Bear River, the swans were spotted to the south on the Harold Crane and Ogden Bay waterfowl management areas. The magnificent white birds will remain in Utah well into December, when the marshes begin to freeze over.