The questions of monarchs, a buffalo roundup and other notes: Chicago outdoors

The questions of monarchs and a buffalo round-up are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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James “Gomie” Gomex had a surprise, the right kind of surprise, in September at his new house.


Notes come from around Chicago outdoors.


Ron Wozny emailed that his buddy, James ``Gomie’’ Gomez, just bought a house and what these a few days later. That is a surprise. To me, that is the right kind of surprise and should be a selling point in real estate.

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Send nominations to @BowmanOutside on Twitter or Instagram, to Dale Bowman on Facebook or email


Oct. 22-23: Chicago, (773) 355-1691

Monday, Oct. 7: Des Plaines, Chas. Hague,

Saturday, Oct. 12: Skokie Lagoons Fall Paddle Fest, free, Tower Road Boat Launch, 1-4 p.m.,

October 12-13: Hunter Level (advanced) Wingshooting Clinic, St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn, IL, to sign up, email

Tuesday. Oct. 6: Rick Albers of Chaos Tackle, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, Oct 8: Capt. Caleb Weiner of Migrator Charters, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m.,
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Don Baker, of Battery Service Corporations, and Dave Anderson, Reel Repair, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.,
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Guide William Heim, Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.,
Thursday, Oct. 10: Johnny Wilkins on killer trout-fishing rigs, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.,

Thursday, Oct. 10: lCamber Outdoors’ networking event in active outdoors, including a panel discussion, REI in Lincoln Park, 5:30 p.m., register at

Tuesday, Oct. 8: Spring turkey permits, applications begin online for residents
Oct. 12-13: Youth waterfowl hunt, north zone
Oct. 12-14: Youth deer hunt


``This may sound like a off the wall question but have you noticed more monarch butterflies this year? It seems since late July up to the present I’ve seen lots more this year than in the recent past.’’ Linda Kinnaman

A: I don’t think that is an off-the-wall question at all, but rather a good one. I am not sure if it is that there are more monarchs or that we as a society, especially conservationists, are more observant of them.


25,000: Record number of spectators at 54th annual Buffalo Roundup, Custer State Park, South Dakota


Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup 2019.


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