Thinking of ice anglers, a suburban great horned owl, Wisconsin deer harvest, hunting shed antlers

Understanding the minds of ice anglers, a suburban great horned owl, the harvest from Wisconsin’s gun season and a question on hunting shed antlers are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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A great horned owl in the south suburbs. Credit: Michael Dodd

A great horned owl in the south suburbs.

Michael Dodd

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Michael Dodd photographed this great horned owl at home in Homewood last weekend.

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“When is a good time to start deer-shed hunting, and can you recommend a good area to search?” Anthony Johnson on Facebook

A: January is a time to start if you’re anxious, but the peak of bucks shedding antlers, which happens annually, comes in February. Look for a legal area with lots of deer or get permission from a landowner. It is not legal to collect shed antlers at forest preserves.


203,295: Deer (98,397 antlered and 104,898 antlerless) registered during Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season,


“Breakers and cracks are just part of our every day. This one just got a little wider but it was a super chill, calm situation. There was no panic. Nobody got hurt. . . . Everyone just wanted to stay fishing.”

Adam Studniski, owner of JR’s Corner Access resort, which brought out a bridge for a gap between ice bodies Monday on Upper Red Lake in Minnesota that temporarily stranded 200 ice anglers, according to the Star-Tribune.



Today, Dec. 3: Antique Lure Swap Meet, free to attendees, who are encouraged to bring old tackle to swap or sell, Niles VFW Post 3579

Through Sunday, Dec. 4: St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, St. Paul RiverCentre, Minn.


Thursday, Dec. 8: Windy City Holiday Bash, The Belmont Tap


Monday, Dec. 5: Northfield, Dan O’Connell,


Friday, Dec. 9: Extended deadline, first lottery applications, spring turkey hunting

Through Sunday, Dec. 4: Second portion, firearm deer season

Today, Dec. 3: Duck and Canada goose seasons, south zone, open

Friday, Dec. 9, to Dec. 11: Muzzleloader deer season


Through Dec 31: Registration for youth (10-17) goose hunt, register for the drawing at : The hunt is Jan. 16 in the Canton area. For questions, call (217) 785-8060.

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