Chicago outdoors: A life philosophy, suburban barred owl, bullfrogging, Indiana brown trout brood stock

Rick Clunn’s life philosophy, a suburban barred owl, a question on bullfrogging and Indiana brown trout brood stock are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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A suburban barred owl. Credit: Dave Derk

A suburban barred owl.

Dave Derk

Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Sondra Katzen forwarded photos from Dave Derk of a barred owl in his yard recently in Palos Park.

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. To make submissions, email or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).



Aug. 28-29: Palatine,

Sept. 10-11: Morris, or (815) 343-7330

Sept. 11-12: Diamond,

Sept. 25-26: Joliet, (815) 727-4811


Aug. 31: Deadline, applications, first lottery, duck/goose blinds

Aug. 31: Deadline, applications for free upland game permit


Saturday, Aug. 28: Boat America, Chicago, Dan O’Connell, . . . Waukegan, Curt Schumacher,


“Any recommendations on bullfrogging? My son watched a video of some guys down south doing it and he asked @HotRodBlago30 and myself tonight if we’d take him.” Tweet from @Ogee77

A. My first question was whether they had any connections to a golf course that would grant permission for a night excursion. That’s the best bet. Otherwise, I would suggest any farm or retention pond where you have permission to go bullfrogging.


400: Brown trout held back by the Indiana DNR, from 2,500 received from the Ohio DNR for stocking, for starting an in-house raising of browns.


“I’ve never adhered to the age philosophy in this country. Every day you should be making a contribution. You should be dead tired at the end of every day.”

Rick Clunn, professional bass angler who on February 12, 2019 at 72 years old, became the oldest angler to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event, via

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