Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Emil Baumbach photographed this fox sparrow, a forest-floor feeder with “blazing red hued chevrons,’’ on the Salt Creek Trail in Elmhurst.
Wild of the Week, a celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors runs on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (email@example.com).
Tuesday: Nov. 8: Capt. Chris Taurisano, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m., salmonunlimitedinc.com
Tuesday: Nov. 8: John Bette of Stealth Tackle, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., Giuseppe’s La Cantina, Des Plaines, 7:30 p.m., chicagolandmuskiehunters.org/meetingschedule.asp
Wednesday, Nov. 9: Free pizza night and southern Wisconsin muskie guide Phil Piscitello, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m., frvmuskie.com
Next Sunday, Nov. 13: Early Show (fly-fishing show), co-presented by DRiFT and ISA, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, driftorg.com
Now: Remaining firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits are available over the counter
Thursday: Bobcat hunting statewide and bobcat trapping, south zone, opens, previous permits required . . . Fox (red and gray) hunting opens . . . Raccoon and opossum hunting, south zone, opens . . . South zone trapping for beaver, river otter, raccoon, opossum, skunk, weasel, mink, muskrat, fox (red and gray), coyote, badger opens
Friday, Nov. 11: Rail hunting ends . . . Duck and goose hunting, south central zone, opens
Saturday, Nov. 12: Canada goose, central zone, reopens
Saturday-next Sunday, Nov. 12-13: Youth waterfowl hunt, south zone
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
Wednesday: Salt Creek Dinner, Butterfield Country Club, Oak Brook, click here
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
Q: “What is the `best’ way to get a certified weight on a potential record fish that you’d want to release back into the water.’’ Michael Muniz
A: Around Chicago, get it in a bucket or live well and to Henry’s Sports and Bait ASAP. Around Waukegan, it’s the Salmon Stop. On the Kankakee River, it’s the Kankakee River Trading Post. They have certified scales. Henry’s is set up to keep a record fish alive until the biologist certifies it.
2,016/1,375: Chinook captured/passed upstream, as of Monday, Oct. 31, at the Root River weir in Wisconsin
“Frying up a bunch of white bass in the parking lot at my favorite watering hole and drinking good bourbon with some friends and game 7. This is unbelievable. Let’s go Cubs. Enjoy the ride.’’
Jason Fox, emailing before the start of the wild ride of the final World Series game (white bass were caught from the Wisconsin River)