Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
FIELD NOTES
WILD OF THE WEEK
Ann Malone
sent the photograph above with a series of photos of a red fox, my favorite mammal, in Munster, Ind. WOTW, the celebration of wild scenes and stories 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

Resized/Sun-Times

Ramon Martin with two golden-colored rainbow trout from the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
Provided

“They’re xanthic rainbow trout, aren’t they? Not the actual Golden Trout species?” Olaf Nelson
A:
I thought the golden-colored trout caught by Ramon Martin were a color variation of common rainbow trout. Steve Silic fisheries biologist for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, emailed, “You are correct . . not to be confused with the California sub-species of Golden Trout. We commonly get them from one of the trout farms that deliver the fish.”
BIG NUMBER
11.2:
Ounces of Illinois’ smallest record fish, a pumpkinseed caught by Jeff Parsons on Jan. 15. 2010 from the Mississippi River in Carroll County
LAST WORD
“More parents are realizing that children who fish often avoid a lot of the more harmful aspects of our culture — and by creating a division for second- to eighth-graders, we’re helping parents start them out even earlier.”
Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. senior manager for college and high school, explaining the the Junior Bassmaster Division starting in 2019
WILD TIMES
SHOWTIME
Sunday:
Early Show, co-presented by DuPage Rivers cq Fly Tyers and Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook
FISH GATHERING
Thursday: Tod Todd
on ice fishing, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.
DUCKS UNLIMITED
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
Wednesday: Northeast Illinois dinner, Midlane Country Club, Wadsworth. Contact Don Kellum, (847) 308-6651; Ryan Miles, (847) 682-4944; Jack Fields (847) 274-3958
ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS
Ongoing: Over-the-counter sales of remaining deer hunting permits
Saturday: Waterfowl hunting, south-central zone, opens
Next Monday, Nov. 12: Second Canada goose season, central zone, opens
Nov. 14: First dove season ends
Nov. 16: Rail season ends
Through Dec. 1: Applications for first lottery, spring turkey hunting
Through Feb. 28: Crow season
HUNTER SAFETY
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
PHEASANTS FOREVER
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
(Click here for full listings of classes in the area)