Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 8-9: Mokena, (708) 479-1020 or mokenapark.com/registration/
Oct. 29-30: Elburn, email@example.com
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
Saturday: Marengo Guns and Gear, Main Street PourHouse, Woodstock. Click here for info
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)
Thursday: DuPage County chapter’s annual banquet, Abbington Banquets, Glen Ellyn. Click here for info
Monday: Jim Haumann on Clinton Lake, Oswegoland Fishin’ Fools, Allied First Bank, Oswego, 7 p.m., fishinfools.org
Saturday-Oct. 10: Youth firearm deer season
Saturday-next Sunday: Youth waterfowl hunt, north zone
Oct. 15-16: St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn, (847) 309-1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
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.
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
“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