Chicago outdoors: Photobombing does, WCW’s poetic fall take, national parks, beginning angler advice

Does photobombing a sandhill crane photo, William Carlos Williams’ poetic take on fall, a presentation on visiting all the national parks and hints for a beginning angler are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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A sandhill crane being photobombed by does at Illinois Beach State Park.  Credit: Tom Owens

A sandhill crane being photobombed by does at Illinois Beach State Park.

Tom Owens

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Tom Owens found a surprise after photographing this sandhill crane at Illinois Beach State Park. On second glance, he noticed the does in the background.

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).


“Dale I was thinking of taking up musky fishing but I heard it’s really hard to catch one. What do you think ? I am not a fisherman this is something new to me. I was thinking of going out with a guide and giving it a try. I know nothing about fishing.” Johnny, Chicago

A: If you know nothing about fishing, I would not suggest doing muskie as your entryway into fishing. Start with something basic like bluegill, bass or catfish, would be my suggestion


423: National parks in the United States, all visited by Kandace and Robert Tabern over 10 years, who will present at 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Indiana Dunes Visitor


“A stand of people
by an open
grave underneath
the heavy leaves”

William Carlos Williams, opening lines to his “Autumn,” capturing the essence of fall



Next Saturday, Sept. 17: Salmon Unlimited’s Kids’ Shore Fishing Derby, Waukegan Harbor, 7 a.m.-noon, free,


Next Saturday, Sept. 17-Sept. 18: Diamond, (815) 907-7345

Oct. 1-2: Elburn,

Oct. 15: Tinley Park, (708) 342-4200

Oct. 1-2: Mokena,

Oct. 6 and 8: Bonfield, (815) 635-3198or,


Tuesday, Sept. 13: Stealth Tackle owner John Bette Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13: Matt Kornis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Mass Marking program, Salmon Unlimited, Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: Illinois professor Cory Suski, “ecological physiology,” Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: Capt. Phil Piscitello, “Strategies for Cold Water Geneva Lake Walleyes,” Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept 15: Violetta Talley, “Finesse Bass Fishing Techniques,” Fish Tales Fishing Club, Worth Township offices, Alsip, 7 p.m.


Today, Sept. 10: Opening day, teal, rail (Sora and Virginia only) and snipe seasons

Thursday, Sept. 15: Early Canada goose season ends

Thursday, Sept. 15: Final day, applications, public goose and duck permits, second lottery

Friday, Sept. 16: Applications, public goose and duck permits, third lottery, begin

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