Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Dr. Elizabeth Pector caught a backlit rabbit in mid-September at Springbrook Prairie.
Wildof the Week, acelebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors, runs as warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: ‘‘Do you know when the trout opener will be at Horsetail Lake this fall?’’
— Louis Cook
A:Oct. 21is the opener. Horsetail is one of seven sites in Cook County. The others are Axehead, Belleau, Busse North, Green, Sag Quarry East and Wolf. The early catch-and-release fly-fishing season opens Saturday at nine sites. The closest three are Rock Creek (Kankakee River State Park), Pine Creek (White Pines Forest SP) and Apple River (Apple River SP).
Pounds-ounces of the Illinois-record northern pike, caught Nov. 9, 1989, by Walter Klenzak from Monster Lake (now part of Mazonia South).
‘‘Give me solitude, give me Nature, give me again O Nature your primal sanities!’’
—Katherine O’Reilly,a Ph.D. student at Notre Dame studying coastal wetlands, tweeting in a nonsensical week from U.S. poet Walt Whitman’s ‘‘Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun.’’
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
Oct. 18, 21, 22: Elburn, email@example.com
Oct. 20-21: Arlington Heights, www.huntsafely.webs.com
Oct. 28-29: Tinley Park, (708) 532-8698.
Saturday-Monday, Oct. 9: Youth firearm deer season
Saturday: Busse Lake cleanup,9 a.m.-noon, register near boathouse.
WOLF LAKE FEST
Saturday: Fishing clinics, canoeing, grilling, archery, insect petting zoo, live animals,10 a.m.-3 p.m., William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Chicago.
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Saturday: Lily-Cache Flyway Dinner, White Fence Farm, Romeoville. Contact Jim Reszke at (630) 452-5991 or R.J. Stachnik at (708) 207-4418 or go to http://www.ducks.org/illinois/events/47080/lily-cache-flyway-dinner-romeoville.
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Oct. 13-14: Elburn, (847) 309-1093 firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)