Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Dan Davies emailed, “I remembered something I read In one of your columns about where to look. I found this about 10 feet past a downed tree. I’m sure he jumped over the tree and the landing caused the antler to drop. I’m 65 years young and this is my first find.”
That made my month.
WOTW, the 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.
“Question, crocuses are in. Can you pick the stamens and dry for domestic saffron?Have you ever heard this?” Anonymous
A: I had not heard of this, but Holly Froning, a master gardener and master naturalist coordinator for University of Illinois Extension, emailed, “I am really into this right now. No, crocus you buy at Walmart will not work. It has to be a special variety. It comes from Iraq. I have ordered some for a fall planting. You harvest in the fall. I will keep you in the loop.” Great, more stuff to try.
12-0: Votes by which HB2783 (which permits limited rifle hunting for deer in Illinois) and HB2778 (which makes each opening weekend for any hunting season at least four days) passed the House Agriculture and Conservation committee last week.
“One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature — inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out.”
John Muir, in “My First Summer in the Sierra”
LAKE MICHIGAN FISHERIES WORKSHOPS
By Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, 6-8:30 p.m. Contact Mitchell Zischke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 494-9717. Tuesday: Hammond Marina. Wednesday: North Point Marina
Today, March 31: Final day, first of two statewide youth spring turkey hunts
Saturday: Inland trout season opens
Saturday-next Sunday, April 6-7: Second of two statewide youth spring turkey hunts
Now: Remaining spring turkey permits on sale over the counter, click here for more info
Through April 30: Applications (limit of one) accepted for first lottery for resident firearm and muzzleloader deer hunting, click here for more info
HENRY’S COHO DERBY
Saturday: Henry’s Sports and Bait’s 15th annual spring coho derby, Navy Pier on Saturday.
Saturday, April 6: Learn to Kayak Fish for Trout and Salmon with Rob Wendel, Lake Michigan Angler, Winthrop Harbor, 9 a.m.-noon
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
April 9, 11, 16, 18: Downers Grove, (630) 963-1300 Class #271006-01
April 12-13: Morris, email@example.com or (815) 343-7330
April 18-20: Bonfield, (815) 635-3198
April 27-28: Palatine, palatineparks.org . . . Coal City, (815) 634-4552
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
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Saturday, April 6: About Boating Safely, Chicago, Dan O’Connell, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
Friday, April 5: West Suburban dinner, Royalty West Banquets, Willow Springs, Cathie Stuart,(630) 890-9387 or Rick Scheer, (708) 860-1602
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)
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