Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Christian Howe emailed: ‘‘This is the best picture I could score, but here is one of turkeys that have made Beverly home.’’ Yes, wild turkeys are living within the city limits.
Wild of the Week, the celebration of stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, run when warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email
Message: ‘‘Panfish on the bamboo fly at Busse Woods WWD.’’— Bob France
A:Wednesdaywas a beautiful winter break, but I didn’t understand where he found open water until France said ‘‘WWD’’ stood for warm-water discharge.
Pounds of a black carp, thought to be the biggest specimen of the invasive fish brought in for analysis at Southern Illinois, according to Tim Crosby’s report at news.siu.edu. (Click here for the story.) The female was caught by commercial fishers on the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau, Mo.
‘‘Getting ready for the shed [antlers], but found a few bucks holding on to their racks.’’
—Bill Peak, on starting to look for shed antlers last week. Whitetail deer bucks shed antlers annually, generally over several months, with the peak in February.
Tuesday: Dave McCoy, ‘‘Jigging Up Walleyes,’’6 p.m., Arlington Anglers, Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates,arlingtonanglers.com.
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Saturday: Salmon Unlimited Swap Meet,7 a.m.-noon, River Park Moose Lodge, River Grove. Click here for detail.
Saturday-Sunday: Fish-On, Portage (Ind.) High School. Click here for details.
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLIARY
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Saturday: Boating safety, Oak Park. Contact Ron Dziagwa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday: Boating safety, Hammond, Indiana. Contact Dick Chappelle at email@example.com.
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Feb. 27-28: Chicago, carryinillinois.com/hunter-safety-course.html.
March 3-4: Palatine, palatineparks.org, Class No. 203560.
March 17-18: New Lenox, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
Today: Final day, click here for details.
April 7: Deadline for registering for Openlands TreeKeeper certification course, at Washington Park fieldhouse on Thursdays and Sundays from April 8-May 3. Cost is $128. Enroll at www.openlands.org/treekeepers
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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