Hummingbird, smallmouth, geese: Pictures around Chicago outdoors

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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

“If you think catching a fish is hard, try taking a picture of a hummingbird in flight!” John Cuculich of Orland Park, who did just that in fine form.

Wild of the Week, a celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors, runs Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

Oct. 8-9: Mokena, (708) 479-1020 or mokenapark.com/registration/

Oct. 29-30: Elburn, phil-joanne@juno.com

DUCKS UNLIMITED

(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)

Saturday: Marengo Guns and Gear, Main Street PourHouse, Woodstock. Click here for info

PHEASANTS FOREVER

(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)

Thursday: DuPage County chapter’s annual banquet, Abbington Banquets, Glen Ellyn. Click here for info

FISH GATHERING

Monday: Jim Haumann on Clinton Lake, Oswegoland Fishin’ Fools, Allied First Bank, Oswego, 7 p.m., fishinfools.org

ILLINOIS SEASONS

Saturday-Oct. 10: Youth firearm deer season

Saturday-next Sunday: Youth waterfowl hunt, north zone

WINGSHOOTING

Oct. 15-16: St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn, (847) 309-1093 or joemigalla5@gmail.com

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DALE’S MAILBAG

E: “I live in Des Plaines. I fish the river regularly (it’s literally in my backyard, about 100 feet from my back door). I’ve fished this river just about 25+ years. Last month I started catching smallmouth.

Here is my biggest northern [pike] caught to date last Friday.”

Sam Santangelo

A: I find joy in the good changes and dramatic rebirth of our local rivers, Des Plaines included. Smallmouth that far up the Des Plaines is a good and interesting thing.

BIG NUMBER

7-foot, 150 pounds: Size of last full-sized alligator gar caught by hook and line in Illinois in 1966; those days will return since reintroduction started in 2010

LAST WORD

“Tick, tock . . .”

Jeff Norris, of Fox Valley Guide Service, sending a photo of geese flying in Wednesday as a combine harvested a beanfield; waterfowl seasons open Oct. 15 in Illinois’ north zone

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