Snow bunting, pheasants & notes: Chicago outdoors

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Led by Wild of the Week, Sunday notes from the Sun-Times outdoors page.



I saved this for this week and my timing was right. So was the timing of Emil Baumbach, who came through with the fine photo of a snow bunting above. “You know winter is around the corner when the snow buntings start making an appearance,’’ he emailed.

WOTW, the weekly celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors, runs Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page when apt. Send nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or by email (



Wednesday: Members on customized tackle rigging, Walleyes Unlimited, Gurnee American Legion, 7 p.m.,


Thursday: Second Canada goose season, central zone, opens . . . Goose and duck seasons, south zone, opens

Through Nov. 24:Hunters may apply online for site-specific permits for designated IDNR Special Hunt Areas for the Late-Winter and CWD Deer Hunts,

Through Dec. 1:Resident hunters may apply, first lottery, spring wild turkey hunting,

Through Dec. 6:Remaining firearm and muzzleloader deer permits available over-the-counter



M: “Sometimes you have to check the trees at Nachusa.’’ John Heneghan

A: Heneghan was having some fun at my expense after I spent a morning hunting without seeing any pheasants on opening day near Nachusa Grasslands.

Shortly after that he saw these two cockbirds in a tree.


31-6.72: Pounds-ounces of Illinois record rainbow trout, caught by Kyle C. Johnson on July 10, 1993 from Lake County waters of Lake Michigan


“It’s not like summer perch. It is a different mentality with these fish. You can catch them in the morning, the afternoon, all day.’’

Steve Palmisano, on how perch fishing in winter on the Chicago lakefront differs from the summer perch fishing

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