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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is investigating charges that some license-selling agents may have sold deer permits to the Southern Region after the closing deadline.

The DWR has received reports that licenses were sold after the cutoff date, in some cases several days after.According to DWR officials, guilty parties could lose their contract to sell hunting and fishing licenses.

Big game licenses went on sell over-the-counter on July 17 at 12:01 a.m. Because of the cap on deer tags of 97,000, the popular southern area was limited to 18,845 permits.

By 6 p.m. on the first day of sales, all agents were notified to stop sales.

There were also reports that some agents held back permits, which were later sold to certain individuals.

An investigation is currently underway.

SNOWMOBILE GRASS DRAGS - Snowmobile races will take place on the quarter-mile track at Jordan River State Park's Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) park.

Dates are Aug. 26, Sept. 10 and 23, and Oct. 7. Races will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude by late afternoon.

The southern end of the OHV Park - the portion of the park south of the OHV building - will be closed to public OHV riding on those days, while the northern end of the park, which includes the all-terrain vehicle track, will remain open.

Admission is $4 per person. Those under 12 and under will be admitted free. The races are sponsored by the Utah State Snowmobile Racing Association (USSRA). For more information call 546-1041.

To reach the Jordan River OHV Park, located at 2800 North Rose Park Lane, travel on I-215 and exit at Exit 25 (2200 North). After exiting, turn east and then left onto the frontage road (Rose Park Lane). Rose Park Lane ends at the park.

FISH VIOLATIONS - There has been an increase of fishing violations at some waters due to anglers improperly handling fish. Several citations have been given at Strawberry Reservoir because anglers are filleting fish and not leaving evidence of species.

Also, the limit there is only one cutthroat.

To avoid citations, know the regulations of the water you are fishing. When size restrictions are not in force at a particular lake or stream, anglers can fillet a fish from along the backbone but leaving the exterior skin on the fillet until they are ready to cook it.

Filleting fish at home is the best practice to prevent any citation in the field. The fishing proclamation is for the purpose of helping anglers avoid embarrassing oversights such as this. They are free of charge and available at any license agent.