Chicago outdoors: Reindeer buck, Chicago perch access, Wisconsin deer licenses, climate change envoy

A buck jumping like a reindeer, a question on Chicago perch fishing access, a spike in Wisconsin deer hunting licenses and the appointment of a climate change envoy are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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Buck doing a reindeer jump at Lemon Lake. Credit: Bill Peak

Buck doing a reindeer jump at Lemon Lake.

Bill Peak

Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors.


Bill Peak sent some of his usual great photos, this time from Lemon Lake County Park near Cedar Lake, Ind. “I found this very active 8-pointer running around pretending to be a reindeer,” he emailed.

BOTW Unplugged, the celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs as apt in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Submit nominations by message on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) and Instagram (@BowmanOutside) or email (



Monday, Nov. 30: Woodcock season ends . . . First scaup/bluebill season, north zone, ends

Tuesday, Dec. 1: Second scaup season, north, opens with daily bag reduced to one

Tuesday, Dec. 1: Spring turkey permit applications, first lottery, ends

Thursday, Dec. 3, to Dec. 6: Second firearm deer season


“Any perch being reported where you can fish and not get booted out like at 87th, 89th and 91st? Matt

A: Yes, the small section of Steelworkers Park at the east end of North Slip is open to the public dawn to dusk. The other areas mentioned are private property and security has the right to prohibit entry.


810,233: Overall sales of licenses for deer hunting in Wisconsin, an increase of 3.2 percent from the same time in 2019.


“A senior position devoted to addressing the climate crisis sends a powerful signal that the United States is ready to return to the global fight against climate change. We look forward to working with Secretary Kerry when he assumes his new role, ensuring coordination at the highest levels of government to effectively address climate change as the existential threat to both people and wildlife that it is.”

Sarah Greenberger, National Audubon Society VP of Conservation Policy, on President-elect Joe Biden appointing former Secretary of State John Kerry to the new position of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

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