Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
MUSHROOM OF THE WEEK
Things to do before or instead of watching the Bears play.
George Benda of Tinley Park found something worthwhile to do before the Bears opener. He went looking for and finding fall mushrooms, “a nice haul of sheephead.’’
He added, “My wife Cathy definitely out shines the `shrooms but they sure were good eating.’’ That’s Cathy in the photo above.
Mushroom of the Week, a celebration of mushrooms around Chicago outdoors, runs Sundays on the outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Zion, email@example.com
Oct. 7-8: Arlington Heights, huntsafely.webs.com
Oct. 8-9: Mokena, (708) 479-1020 or mokenapark.com/registration/
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
Friday: Orland Park Dinner, Orland Chateau
NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUNTING & FISHING DAYS
Saturday-Sunday: Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area, Yorkville, nihfd.org
Oct. 15-16: St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn, (847) 309-1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Email: “Only negative, as a nature guy, I was appalled at the amount of garbage on the trails. No littering signs everywhere, and down the trail a bit, sign next to the last garbage can, instructing people to pack litter and bring it back to dispose of it properly. We have become a `Nation of Slobs’ as people just throw anywhere, their water bottles, fast food wrappers and bags, and my favorite sighting, dirty diapers! I imagine someone asking, `I changed the baby, what should I do with the diaper? Just throw it on the ground, let someone else deal with it.’ ‘’ Tom Turek, Bridgeview, on a trip to Starved Rock State Park
A: Starved Rock is Illinois’ most visited park, but that is no excuse for the growing litter, make that trash, problem there.
9.98: Pounds of the 23.1-inch smallmouth bass, the Michigan record, caught last Sunday by Robert Bruce Kraemer from Indian River.
Click here for a longer version of his catch of the Michigan record smallmouth.
“Good news for the upland bird hunter and his or her bird dog: As a whole, pheasant numbers nationwide are comparable to or higher than last season.’’
Pheasants Forever’s 2016 Pheasant Hunting Forecast, lead sentence