Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Emil Baumbach photographed this male ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on a trumpet vine in his backyard in Oak Park.
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: Where is the best place for pike fishing near Chicago? — Jacob Cayia
A: My initial thought for northern pike was the Chain O’Lakes or the Kankakee River. But JayPee Hey correctly noted the Des Plaines River is best. The Chicago lakefront improves, but it’s hit-and-miss. Some Mazonia lakes are good. It’s a drive, but Hennepin-Hopper might be Illinois’ best.
Overall duck numbers (in millions) surveyed in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations. That’s down slightly from about 48.4 million last year.
‘‘Diversity goes well beyond recruiting. Equity & difference are important & relevant to all our conservation outcomes.’’
— The Nature Conservancy tweet, about the article ‘‘The Relevance of Diversity’’
in the Philanthropy Journal News
Through Monday:Applications for second lottery, fall wild turkey shotgun season, dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx
Through Friday: 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
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
Saturday: Chicagoland Speedway 66 Gun Super Raffle, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet. Contact Vicki Mandurano at (847) 553-7565, Wally Klopp at (708) 715-5970 or Ray Dolan at (708) 436-6949. Click here for more information.
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)