[UPDATED] Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

While fishing, Brian Konet caught this snapping turtle by hand and released it. “I’ve rescued my fair share of snappers from the middle of the road during breeding season,’’ he emailed. “And man do they stink sometimes.’’

Wild of the Week, the celebration of wild scenes and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs as warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

DALE’S MAILBAG

“Heard my first two cicadas [Tuesday night]. It seems like they were late this year.’’ Steve Statland

A: I haven’t heard any cicadas (dog-day cicadas are heard every summer, unlike periodical cicadas). Nor have I heard any katydids either.

BIG NUMBER

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File photo of a view from the Chicago River.
Dale Bowman/Sun-Times

7 and 6: States and countries where customers came from so far this year to fish the Chicago River with Capt. Pat Harrison.

LAST WORD

“Nothing says `July is here’ like popping a few freshly picked blueberries in your mouth while swatting at mosquitos.’’

The weekly Wisconsin DNR Outdoor Report, noting “The Northwoods is reporting a good crop of both this year.’’

WILD TIMES

FISH GATHERINGS

Monday: Mike Norris on Big Green Lake, Oswegoland Fishin’ Fools, Bolingbrook Bass Pro (site change), 7 p.m.

[UPDATED] Tuesday: Seeking replacement speaker, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Capt. Chris Taurisano on clear-water muskies and walleye tactics, Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Hoffman Estates Cabela’s, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Capt. Guy Lopez on boat control and walleye/sauger on the Illinois River, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.

HUNTER SAFETY
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)

July 10, 11, 17 and 19: Downers Grove, (630) 963-1300, class 371012-01

July 12 and 14: Hebron, mchenryilhs@gmail.com

Aug. 10-11: Wilmington, philliparnold3@gmail.com

Aug. 11-12: Custer Park, smittythepainter@yahoo.com . . . Essex, (815) 458-3568

WINGSHOOTING CLINIC
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Aug. 18-19: Youth/Women’s clinics, Shabbona Lake State Park, (217) 524-5466

YOUTH

July 21: Inaugural Lake County Outdoor Education Day (trap shooting, archery, rifle range, obstacle course, hunter safety trail), Richmond Hunt Club, facebook.com/lakecountyoutdooreducation

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

(Click here for full listings of classes in the area)

Saturday: About Boating Safely, Dan O’Connell, doc731@yahoo.com

TREE COURSE

Today: Deadline to register for Openlands TreeKeepers course, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 10-Aug. 2 at Arlington Heights Public Works, $128, Click here for more information.

DUCKS UNLIMITED
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NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)

PHEASANTS FOREVER
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)