Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Scot Underwood photographed the barred owl above after the heavy mid-February snow near Sauk Trail Reservoir in Frankfort. ‘‘Got lucky to have a good lens on the camera, which was actually charged for once,’’ he emailed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: ‘‘If you take public transportation to the lakefront, do you still need to have a pass to fish there?’’ — Peter Olbrisch
A: No, but those 16 and older need a valid license and a salmon and trout stamp (if fishing those species).
Sturgeon harvested during Wisconsin’s spearing season, which ended last Sunday on Lake Winnebago. On Winnebago, 654 sturgeon were harvested. In a shortened season on the Upriver Lakes, 297 were harvested.
‘‘Sheds are falling in central Illinois. Found this matching set [last] Sunday over 300 yards apart in Woodford County.’’ — Jim Lenc, emailing on a sign of the season
Monday: Swap meet, followed by speakers Eric Heckman of Coren’s Rod & Reel Service, Oswego coach Tyler Boyle and Oswego East coach Andy Brogan, 7 p.m., Oswegoland Fishin’ Fools, Allied First Bank, Oswego, fishinfools.org.
Thursday: Robert Bobich on spring techniques, 6:30 p.m., Riverside Fishing Club, La Grange American Legion, RiversideFishingClub.com.
Saturday: Salmon and trout seminar, free, Lake Michigan Angler, Winthrop Harbor,(224) 789-7627, Capt. Arnie Arredondo 9 a.m., Capt. Carl Stopcynski, 10:30 a.m., Capt. Scott Wolfe, 1 p.m.
(Click here for the complete list of shows for the year)
March 7-11: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, West Allis, Wis., jssportsshow.com/
March 9-11: Rockford RV, Camping & Travel Show, Indoor Sports Center, Loves Park
March 9-11: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
March 11: Quad County Hawg Hunters’ Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Plano American Legion, (815) 286-7170 or email@example.com
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March 10-11: Bridgeview, (708) 594-1818. . . . Dyer, Indiana, firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 16-17: Morris, email@example.com or (815) 343-7330.
March 17-18: New Lenox, firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 14-15: Ingleside, email@example.com.
April 26 and 28: Chicago Heights, firstname.lastname@example.org. . . . Newark, (815) 210-4995.
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLIARY
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Saturday: Power Your Boat, Waukegan. Contact email@example.com.
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Thursday: North Shore Chicago dinner, Kenilworth Club. Click here for more info or ontact Scott Martin at (312) 961-2908 or Jon Rick at (773) 771-4974.
Friday: Golden Corridor dinner, The Seville, Streamood. Click here for more info or contact Ray Dolan at (708) 436-6949.
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
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NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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