Snake eating fish, dragonfly eyes: Chicago outdoors, notes

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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.



Brad Kerr photographed a snake with a catfish in its mouth along the Fox River in Montgomery. His friend told him I would like it. His friend was right, I certainly do. I am fascinated by snakes eating fish.

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June 16 and 18: Marengo,

June 25-26: Wilmington,

July 12, 14, 19, 21: Downers Grove, (630) 963-1300

July 14 and 16: Newark, (815) 210-4995 . . .Hebron,

July 16-17:Bolingbrook,


Tuesday: Larry Conn on precise walleye presentations and Fishfinder techniques, Arlington Anglers Fishing Club, Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates, 6:30 p.m.,


Monday, Jun 20:Final free fishing day in Illinois,


June 25-26: St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn, (847) 309-1093,


June 30: Deadline, second lottery, firearm deer permits. Click here

Through July 1: Online applications, free dove hunting permits for select sites. Click here

Through July 4: Fall shotgun turkey permit applications, resident hunters Click here



E: “Dale, we had a visitor on Truck 3 yesterday at the Fire House! The camo-colored dragonfly flew inside the cab of Truck 3. I pulled the dragonfly out of the air vent with my Gerber multi-purpose tool! Unbelievable the face on the dragonfly looks like a Skeleton Clown!’’ Billy Miller

A: Jim Phillips, the veteran fisheries biologist for the Forest Preserves of Cook County with a major interest in dragonflies and damselflies, emailed, “My first thought was this dragonfly was a lance-tipped darner based on the terminal appendages but after looking at several of my field guides I am leaning more towards a green-striped darner.’’

All I know is that I find the eyes something else.


2011: Bottom of the last cycle of Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse population, as indicated by the 2016 roadside surveys this spring, which were about the same as 2015


“I trust that the IDNR is not trying to hijack my fishing and is trying to do what is best for the fishery. I will say though that I will miss the fall run as it once existed.’’

Marty Jandura, summing up the feelings of many sensible lakefront fishermen onthe announcement of the 62-percent reduction in Chinook stocking in 2017

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