Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
BUCK OF THE WEEK: UNPLUGGED
Jim Karp photographed this buck in velvet in mid-June at his father’s backyard in Morton Grove. “The bigger one was hiding,’’ he emailed. “They come a lot to get in the shade.’’
BOTW: Unplugged, the celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs Sundays on the outdoors page as warranted.Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (email@example.com).
July 12, 14, 19, 21: Downers Grove, (630) 963-1300
July 14 and 16: Newark, (815) 210-4995 . . .Hebron, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 16-17:Bolingbrook, email@example.com
Wednesday: John Trossen on multi-species on Geneva Lake, Walleyes Unlimited, Gurnee American Legion, 7 p.m., walleyesunlimitedusa.org
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
Email: “I saw a miniature version of the snake with fish picture [WOTW last Sunday] a few years back. While taking a little nature walk, I looked down and saw a skinny little 18-inch water snake in the path and almost stepped on it. I think it didn’t notice me because it was too busy playing with a little minnow it must have just caught from the pond that was next to the path. It was picking it up and tossing it around like a cat with a mouse. The minnow appeared to still be alive. Pretty cool.’’ Chuck Wolthusen
A: “Pretty cool’’ is right. Something about snakes and fish captures people’s imaginations and eyes.
40: Percentage of fisheries staff at the Illinois DNR, 58 or older
“We are committed to maintaining a diverse salmon and trout population in La
Vic Santucci, Illinois’ Lake Michigan Program manager, Thursday at the informational meeting on Chinook stocking reductions, expressing the opinion of managers from the multiple jurisdictions around Lake Michigan