Shooters from around the United States and Canada will begin competition Friday in the Western Grand American trap shooting championships at the Salt Lake Gun Club.

According to club manager Larry Mitchell, about 600 shooters are expected to compete in the 11-day event. This will be the largest trap shooting event ever held in Utah.Shooters will be competing for $125,000 in money and prizes. The top shooter will win a 1988 Mercury Tracer.

According to Mitchell, the gun club trap line has been expanded to 20 shooting stations, which will allow 100 shooters at a time to compete.

DWR LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS IN MOOSE KILLING - Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officers are looking for information on two suspects involved in the illegal shooting of a moose last Saturday in Pollgate Canyon area in Summit County.

A large bull moose was shot at 8:30 p.m. on the Cottonwood Stake property between Silver Creek Junction and Wanship. Witnesses reported seeing two men in their 20s leave the scene in a late model red Chevrolet Suburban. The moose was shot five times with a high caliber rifle.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction. Those with information can call 1-800-662-3337.

DON'T KEEP THE SMALLMOUTH - The DWR is also reports is has cited several people fishing and keeping smallmouth bass at Rockport Reservoir. The division is trying to establish a smallmouth population in the reservoir and is protecting the population until it can become established.

All smallmouth bass caught in the reservoir must be returned. Smallmouth planted there are not getting to catchable size, between 10 and 12 inches. When biologist begin to see natural reproduction in the reservoir, it will open it to limited possession.

DEER PERMITS STILL AVAILABLE - The division is also reporting that there are over 8,000 antlerless control permits available to deer hunters. The permits are being issued in areas where deer problems are being reported.

There are over 90 units where these permits are available in different parts of the state. Hunters with one of the control permits are allowed to harvest two deer this fall. They will be allowed one buck on their regular license and a second antlerless deer on the control permit.

Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis by mail. For updated information on units where permits are available, hunters can call the recorded line at 530-1297.

Permits are available over the counter at the Salt Lake office, or by mail by writing the DWR, 1596 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116.

UPLAND GAME SEMINAR SCHEDULED - Jay Roberson, upland game coordinator for the DWR, will be offering a free seminar on upland game identification at the Lee Kay Center for Hunter Education building, 6000 W. 2100 South, on Monday.

The seminar will begin at 8 p.m. and will cover techniques for distinguishing between different types of grouse, partridge and rabbits. There is no charge, but seating is limited. For information call 533-9333 or 972-1326.

GUN SAFETY CLASS FOR WOMEN - The center will also offer a series of seminars to women on hunter education and gun safety. The first class, reports Brad Bird, a hunter education specialist with the DWR, will be Sept. 7, and will be held every Monday and Wednesday for the following three weeks.

The seminars will cover the basics of gun safety, with emphasis on safe gun handling. The fee is $4. Classes will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will be at the center, 6000 W. 2100 South. For information call 533-9333 or 972-1326.

STATE GETS NEW WATERFOWL MARSH - The DWR, with help from Ducks Unlimited, has purchase a 460-acre tract of land in Sanpete County that will be managed to provide improved habitat for waterfowl and upland game.

The Manti Meadows Waterfowl Management Area project will be dedicated on Friday at 11 p.m. The project produces a variety of waterfowl, including Canada geese, mallards, gadwall cinnamon teal and redheads. Additional wildlife to benefit include pheasant, chukar, dove, elk, deer and many non-game species.

Funds for the duck stamp, along with federal aid funds and money from Ducks Unlimited MARSH (Matching Aid to Resort States Habitat) program, were used to finance the $128,148 project.