Armadillo under a deer stand downstate to waxing poetic on the Northwoods

From an armadillo under a deer stand downstate to waxing poetic on fall in the Northwoods, notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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An armadillo under a deer stand in southern Illinois spotted by Jim Dooley. Credit: Jim Dooley

An armadillo under a deer stand in southern Illinois.

Jim Dooley

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Jim Dooley was “entertained” for an hour watching an armadillo under his deer stand, just south of Carbondale.

That’s a first for me from a hunter. I’ve had increasing reports of bobcat sightings as close as Will County in recent years, but never an armadillo sighting before. In recent decades, armadillos have inched into, then farther north, in Illinois.

“It foraged around several oak trees for an hour and a half,” Dooley emailed. “Made a mess of the ground.”

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“Still watching loons trying to take flight. It seems the parents have mostly gone south and the young are left to learn how to fly on the their own. It’s actually a little stressful listening to them calling and trying to take flight. Unfortunately not all of them will survive.”

Howard Bass, in an expansive emailed report from the Northwoods Tuesday



Nov. 16-17: Chicago,


Nov. 16: Whiting Library, 6-8:30 p.m., free, (in-person or Zoom) but register at


Wednesday, Nov. 9: Boat America, Des Plaines, Virginia Haase,

Next Saturday, Nov. 12: Boat America, Bolingbrook, Darryl Haefner,


Tuesday, Nov. 8: Southeast Wisconsin guide Joel Michel, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.,

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Scott DeCore, captain of TEAM HAWG GONE (top tournament boat in 2022), Salmon Unlimited, Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7 p.m.,

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Bob Nordmeyer, “Preparing Your Boat & Trailer for Winter Storage,” Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.,

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Sean Bermingham, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m., go to Facebook

Thursday, Nov. 10: Harry Vopicka of All Seasons Marine on boat and motor maintenance, repairs, and other ways to keep a fishing boat in the top performance, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.,


Today, Nov. 5: Pheasant, quail, partridge and rabbit seasons open

This weekend, Nov. 5-6: Youth waterfowl hunt, south-central zone

Sunday, Nov. 6: First Canada goose season, central zone, ends

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