Goldfinch beauty & Sunday notes: Chicago outdoors

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

WILD OF THE WEEK

In a rare back-to-back for WOTW, Emil Baumbach sent this photo of a male goldfinch in full color. “Many of these goldfinch stay in Chicago throughout the winter and will feed on sunflowers, coneflowers and berry trees,’’ he emailed.

Send WOTW nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or by email (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

Oct. 10-11: Mokena, (815) 469-9887

Oct. 16, 17 & 18: Elburn, phil-joanne@juno.com

Oct. 17-18: Tinley Park, (708) 342-4200 . . . Bolingbrook, bpoct15@gmail.com

DUCKS UNLIMITED

Thursday: Barrington area dinner, The Onion Pub and Brewery, Lake Barrington. Contact Craig Herriges, (224) 381-8500; Don Chapman, (630) (630) 805-1263; Scott Hilpert, (847) 471-1735

ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS

Today: Deadline, fall wild turkey shotgun applications, third lottery, www.dnr.Illinois.gov/hunting/turkey

DALE’S MAILBAG

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Q: “Where is Webster Lake in Indiana?’’ Bill Gerl

A: The question came because Dave Anderson (right) caught a 49-inch muskie there last weekend for Fish of the Week.

Webster Lake is north of Route 30 on Route 13, about two hours southeast of Chicago in North Webster, Ind. It is an epicenter of muskie center with Webster, Tippecanoe and James lakes, and the Barbee Chain in same area.

BIG NUMBER

60,000: Steelhead the Illinois Department of Natural Resources finished stocking in Waukegan and Diversey harbors this month

LAST WORD

“It would be great to have kids out there fishing on days when they are racing.’’

Scott Stevenson, Westrec Marinas, on the announcement that Chicago will host the first freshwater sailing of the America’s Cup on June 10-12, 2016, from Navy Pier


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