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Chicago outdoors: Opossum, question on outdoor shows, lack of thick ice

A Northwest Side opossum, a question on outdoor shows and the lack of thick ice are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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A Northwest Side opossum.
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Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Andrea Raila asked, ``Would a opossum be considered for the Chicago Wildlife?’’ Yes. This one was in her barbecue stove in Edgewater Glen. Raila thinks it has been around since 2013.

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 BowmanOutside@gmail.com.

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

March 7-8: Bridgeview, (708) 594-1818.

DUCKS UNLIMITED

Thursday, Feb. 6: McHenry Fox Flyway banquet, D’Andrea, Crystal Lake. Contact Brian Diedrich, (815) 355-0803, or Scott Hettermann, (815) 482-3439.

SHOWTIME

Click here for the master list of shows, classes and seminars.

Friday, Feb. 7, to Feb. 9: Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show, Indoor Sports Center, Loves Park

Saturday, Feb. 8, to Feb. 9: Tinley Park Fishing Show, Tinley Park High School

Saturday, Feb. 8, to Feb. 9: Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Next Sunday, Feb. 9: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School

LEARN TO HUNT

Feb. 15: Turkey, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, Wilmington, just be 18 or older, click here to register

WILD MOVIES & MUSIC

Thursday, Feb. 6: “Monty and Rose,” Bob Dolgan’s documentary on the nesting piping plovers at Montrose Beach, followed by the indie band Congress of Starlings and banjo virtuoso Michael Miles, Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln, tickets $18 at martyrslive.com

SHEDD FREE DAYS

Monday, Feb. 3, to Friday, Feb. 7: For Illinois residents, click here for details

FISH GATHERING

Thursday, Feb. 6: Capt. Doug Kloet, Midwest Musky Club, Village Sportsmen’s Club, Alsip, 7:30 p.m., midwestmuskyclub.com

DALE’S MAILBAG

``I lived thru the days of the John Bromfield Chicago Sportsman Shows/Amphitheater & Rosemont Chicagoland Fishing shows. Everything seems so watered down now. The fly fishing show doesn’t even come to Chicago anymore. What happened?’’ @orgullodemexico

A: I think it is primarily two things. First is the rise of Internet sales and information gathering. Second, our free time and use of it changed (for something related see the dramatic decline in league bowlers). For those who don’t know the name, Bromfield was “a `B’-level leading man during the late 1950s,” as idmb.com describes him, who emceed at the Amphitheater. I should also note that the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and DRiFT do The Early Show in November annually in recent years.

BIG NUMBER

26-15: Pounds-ounces of Illinois-record northern pike, caught by the late Walter Klenzak from Monster Lake (before it was in Mazonia South) on Nov. 9, 1989.

LAST WORD

``With some lakes experiencing 4 to 8 inches-plus of water to the ice surface, slush is causing issues for snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs. Looks like any hope of enough good ice for truck travel will be out of the question this year.’’

Kurt Justice, Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua, Wis., on Monday