Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
FIELD NOTES
WILD OF THE WEEK
Mike Norris
photographed these migrating sandhill cranes in North Aurora earlier this month. WOTW, the celebration of wild scenes 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.

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Sandhill cranes in sight of the North Aurora water tower.
Provided by Mike Norris

DALE’S MAILBAG
“I almost `pissed’ in my pants when I read your article! Thanks for addressing this issue. We all need the pot to piss in. The lakefront is enjoyed year round, portable toilets just make it more comfortable, especially for us girls. Love your common sense.” Maryanne Graf

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A portable toilet properly placed at Steelworkers Park for the winter, in time to handle the needs of perch fishermen and others.
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A: I finally am credited for common sense and it is about “Potty Talk” in Wednesday’s column.
BIG NUMBER
263 5/8:
Inches of the world record moose antlers, taken in 2013 by Heinz Naef on a self-guided hunt in Yukon Territory. according to Boone and Crockett Club records. Click here for details.
LAST WORD
“Hare are being observed more frequently, indicating an increase in the population and heightened opportunities for hunting. Bobcats seem to be taking advantage of the prey abundance and are also being observed in greater numbers with tracks commonly present throughout their range. The big bulls elks are forming bachelor groups in the Flambeau River State Forest.”
Wisconsin DNR Outdoor Report, with another example why it’s a weekly must-read Thursday afternoons
WILD TIMES
ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS
Tuesday:
Final day, duck season, north zone
Through next Sunday, Dec. 23: Snipe season
HUNTER SAFETY
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
Dec. 19-20: Chicago, carryinillinois.com/hunter-safety-course.html
Jan. 4-5: Wheeling, huntersafety@sbcglobal.net
Jan. 12-13: New Lenox, tjhuntersafety@gmail.com
Jan. 19-20: Palatine, palatineparks.org
DUCKS UNLIMITED
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
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)