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Whoopers, Smidt’s, foodies, ethanol, deer harvest: Notes around Chicago outdoors

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Whooping cranes with sandhill cranes near Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.
Provided by Steven Kaye

Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
FIELD NOTES
WILD OF THE WEEK
Steven Kaye
photographed this interaction of a young whooping crane and a sandhill crane Nov. 21 near Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in northwest Indiana. 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.
DALE’S MAILBAG
“Is there anywhere that comes even close to making lake perch like Phil Smidt’s used to?” Mario Pagnucci
A:
I’ve pondered that and came up with nothing. Perhaps foodie readers can offer alternatives.
BIG NUMBER
80,896:
Deer harvested during Illinois’ two 2018 firearm seasons; up slightly from the 80,117 deer harvested during the 2017 firearm seasons. Click here for a full breakdown.
LAST WORD

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Gas pumps and E15.
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“The ethanol industry doesn’t want you to see these photos of gas pumps. The confusion presented to consumers at the pump today is real. Putting the wrong fuel in your boat will likely void your engine’s warranty. We applaud NMMA for clearly showing the misfueling problem.”
David Kennedy, BoatUS manager of government affairs, on photos at Protecting Boaters at the Gas Pump, a site reacting to President Donald Trump moving to allow E15 (15 percent ethanol) sales year-round.
WILD TIMES
ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS
Today, Dec. 9: Final day, muzzleloader-only deer
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
FISH GATHERINGS
Tuesday:
“Swap n’ Stories,” Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Top three boats, including “Boat of Year” “Dojigger,” Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Dan Koniewicz, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.
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)