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Loons, turtles, ruffed grouse, drone rod: Notes from around Chicago outdoors

Loon in northwestern Wisconsin.
Provided/Ken OMalley

Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

Ken “Husker’’ O’Malley emailed this loon from a family trip to northwest Wisconsin and noted, “For whatever reason, loons love my boat.’’

Wild of the Week, the celebration of wild scenes and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs as warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

DALE’S MAILBAG

Turtle.<br>Provided/Tom Turek
Turtle.
Provided/Tom Turek

“Saw this guy this morning on bike path near Sag Quarry. He appeared to be on a mission, so took this photo and bid him farewell, without disturbing him any further.’’ Tom Turek

A: Turek’s note is one of several this spring about turtle crossings, which I hope means people are becoming more aware of watching for them in spring. It’s also a cool photo.

BIG NUMBER

34: Percent of decrease in drumming activity by ruffed grouse this year compared to 2017 in Wisconsin’s roadside grouse surveys.

Ruffed Grouse in Wisconsin.<br>Provided/Kevin Feind
Ruffed Grouse in Wisconsin.
Provided/Kevin Feind

LAST WORD

“It’s probably the biggest development in the fishing rod since the addition of the reel.’’

Paul Leslie, RoboRod LLC’s chief development officer on the development of a drone fishing rod.

WILD TIMES

FISH GATHERING

Tuesday: Rick Battalini on “Trolling Technique for More Game Fish, Arlington Anglers, Cabela’s¡¯s, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.

HUNTER SAFETY

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

July 10, 11, 17 and 19: Downers Grove, (630) 963-1300, class 371012-01

WINGSHOOTING CLINIC

(Click here for the statewide list)

Saturday-Sunday: Elburn, youth on Saturday, girls and women Sunday, (847) 309-1093 or joemigalla5@gmail.com

FREE FISHING DAYS

Through today, June 18: Illinois’ Free Fishing Days

ILLINOIS SEASONS/PERMITS

June 30: Final day to apply, second lottery, firearm and muzzleloader deer seasons. Click here for more details.

June 30: Final day to apply, first lottery, dove permits for public sites. Click here for more details.

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

(Click here for full listings of classes in the area)

Saturday: About Boating Safely, Skokie, Dan O’Connell, doc731@yahoo.com . . . About Boating Safely, Brad Feinberg, brad@cg-aux.org

DUCKS UNLIMITED

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

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION

(Click here for general list of banquets and events)

PHEASANTS FOREVER

(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)