Backyard buck, perch, people, sturgeon: Notes on Chicago outdoors

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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.



Remember winter and when bucks had antlers. Michael Dodd sent this photo from Dec. 15, 2016 of a buck at a bird feeder in Homewood. (On a side note, it seems like bucks are holding antlers longer this mild winter.)

Buck of the Week: Unplugged,  a celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (


Q: “In response to the question by Thomas Hooks in the Sun-Times on Feb 19. I offer this. Why would people kill bobcats? Especially with the cruel leg-hold traps. Two answers come to mind. The first is VANITY and the second is a complete lack of empathy for another living being. Don’t mean to be preachy, and I’m sure you thought of this also, but I had to write.’’ Thomas Waliczek

A: I understand his point, but think that’s oversimplifying. People value the pelts and mounts and are making use of a renewable resource.


0: Sturgeon speared the last four days of Wisconsin’s sturgeon-spearing season, which ended Sunday, on Lake Winnebago or the upriver lakes (UPDATED)


“It was like the olden days.’’

Arden Katz, describing the crowds perch fishing on Chicago’s lakefront during the record heat wave during the President’s Day weekend



(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)

Friday-Saturday, March 3-4: Morris, or (815) 343-7330

Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5: Momence, (815) 388-3853

March 11-12: Bridgeview, (708) 594-1818 . . . Bolingbrook, (include name, address & DOB) . . . Oak Forest,

March 16 & 18: Mundelein, (847) 918-6145

March 25-26: Chicago, . . . Ingleside,

April 1-2: Hainesville, (847) 223-5700


Wednesday, March 1: Reopens to fishing, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily


(Click here or the exhaustive list of shows, seminars, swap meets and auctions)

Thursday-Sunday, March 2-5: Northern Illinois Boat Show, Lake County Fair Grounds, Grayslake

Thursday, March 2: Midwest Musky Club’s annual fundraiser, Village Sportsmen’s Club, Alsip

Saturday, March 4: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School

Saturday, March 4: Lake Michigan School with Capt. Ralph Steiger and guest speakers Capt. John Warren and Ryan Whitacre, Knights of Columbus, Hammond (Ind.), info at, sign-up at or 219-688-3593

Saturday, March 4: Illinois Smallmouth Alliance’s Bronzeback Blowout, Elmhurst American Legion

Saturday, March 4: Free seminars on locating and catching salmon and trout on Lake Michigan, Capt. Jim Mueller, 9 a.m., Capt. Kurt Pokrandt, 10:30 a.m., Lake Michigan Angler, Winthrop Harbor, (224) 789-7627


(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)

Friday, March 3: North Shore Chicago dinner, Kenilworth Club

Friday, March 3: Lockport dinner, Crystal Grand Banquets, Lemont

Friday, March 3: Central Kane County dinner, Island View Banquets, Batavia


(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)

Friday, March 3: Tallgrass banquet, The Orland Chateau, Orland Park

Saturday, March 4: South Cook banquet, Knights of Columbus, Lansing


(Click here for general list of banquets and events)

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