Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Elizabeth Pector worked a long time for the photo above of a well-framed redheaded woodpecker July 24 at St. James Farm in Warrenville.
Wild of the Week, a celebration 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 (email@example.com).
Q: My nephew lives in Austria in a tiny town near Linz, near the Czech, German and Austrian borders. The other day, he went fishing and caught a big fish. I don’t know what kind of fish it is. — Richard Tupper
A: Former Shedd researcher Solomon David and his scientific friends quickly tweeted back that it was a lingcod, the oddest fish I’ve been asked about.
Pounds of a Chinook salmon caught Tuesday on Great Lakes Guide Service out of Muskegon, Michigan.
‘‘For a hundred years, we’ve been very good at suppressing them. And now we’re reaping that fiery maelstrom. We have fires now we can’t stop. And they’re going to continue to burn until the landscape is so scarred and so broken up, there isn’t going to be a whole lot left to burn.’’
— William Armstrong, then a U.S. Forest Service fire manager, in a 2012 NPR story about wildfires. Those are words to remember as the propagandist of fire suppression, Smokey Bear, had its 73rd anniversary Wednesday.
Through Aug. 21: Applications for second lottery, fall wild turkey shotgun season, dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx
Through Aug. 25: First-come, first served, free online dove permits, dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/dove/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx
Through Aug. 31: Applications for free upland-game permits, click here for info
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
Sept. 7 and 9: Newark, (815) 210-4995
Sept. 9-10: Kankakee, (815) 935-2700
Sept. 16-17: Kankakee, (815) 935-2704 . . . Momence, (815) 388-3853
Saturday-Sunday: Shabbona Lake State Park, (815) 758-2773
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)