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It’s called “The Early Show” and aptly enough opens the outdoors show season early and leads this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

The YouTube video is of Indigo Guide Service, which is featured at “The Early Show: A Fly Tying & Fishing Show, Presented by the ISA & Drift” Saturday at the Batavia VFW.

Here are the details:

The Early Show A Fly Tying & Fishing Show Presented by the ISA & Drift Saturday 11/10/12 9 am to 4:30pm On the Fox River at: Batavia VFW Post 1197 645 S. River Street Batavia, Il. 60510 This daylong fest promotes all aspects of fly fishing for all types of fish. With expertise of local clubs, guides & shops we present the chance to learn about all aspects of the sport. From novice to expert, bass to trout, carp to steelhead, we will share the best of fly fishing, all with a Midwest focus. Guest Speakers: Kevin Morlock & Steve Martinez Indigo Guide Service Michigan trout, steelhead & trophy carp James Durbin – Big pike flies as a way of life Dr. Art Mazzier – spey casting instruction Local club tyers from ISA Bassbuggers & Drift. Guides for nearby opportunities. Dozens of tyers & patterns, kids tying, casting, booths by shops & manufacturers. Admission $10.00- Kids under 10 free For more info: www.illinoissmallmouthalliance.net Contact John Loebach 630/251-5904

PERCH FISHING: I know many fishermen put their boats away after the gales off the back side of Sandy riled up Lake Michigan. But for those who didn’t, I might suggest one last weekend trying for perch on southern Lake Michigan.

I think Capt. Rich Sleziak from Slez’s Bait Shop in Lake Station put it best: “Friday, Saturday and Sunday are looking like the last hurrah to get on the big lake to try for perch. I just got in a fresh load of bait.”

UPLAND HUNTING: Hunting for pheasants, rabbits, quail and gray partridge opened last Saturday and reports have varied widely.

The problem is finding land to hunt.

BOWHUNTING: Lots of reports of big bucks running around and being taken by bowhunters. On a tangential note, watch carefully if you are driving in the next week or so.

BUCK OF THE WEEK: With the rut underway, I expect to see for Buck of the Week, the celebration of big bucks around Chicago outdoors Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

WATCHING SANDHILL CRANES: There are about 10,000 sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, but there should be more than 10,000 sandhills there by now. It is located southeast of Valparaiso, Ind. The best times to view them and fully grasp the wonder of them is near dawn or dusk. The next few weeks should be peak.

I realize this is a trek, so take some time to explore Valparaiso, just a wonderful town, or do a leisurely drive on back roads through the Indiana countryside.

CRAPPIE FISHING: With the cooling waters, crappie fishing is picking up all over. It’s the top inland fishing and with the good forecast for this weekend, I expect it to be the top pursuit.

INDIANA STREAMS: Sleziak said there’s still some coho, a few Chinook and skamania in the Indiana streams. Just a few winter-run steelhead are starting to show.

Click here for the Indiana DNR’s map of Trail Creek access.

RADIO WAVES: About 7 Saturday morning, I will be on Region Bass Buzz on WJOB-AM (1230) in Hammond with Patrick Renwick, Bobby Bergren and “Conservation Mike” Echterling. Not sure yet what we will be talking about, but there are lots of things to discuss.

NORTH AND CENTRAL ZONE WATERFOWL HUNTING: Maybe the front on Monday will finally bring some fresh birds. . . . Remember in the central zone that the first goose season closes Monday.

NORTH ZONE TRAPPING: Trapping in the north zone opened Monday and history was made with the first season for trapping river otter since 1929. Trapping for furbearers–raccoon, opossum, skunk, weasel, mink, fox (red and gray), coyote, beaver–is open in Illinois’ north zone.

LAKERS AT THE PORT? They are still being marked. I suspect some fishermen will get on them before the weather changes Monday. Might be the last reasonable shot at them.

OTHER HUNTING: White-fronted geese open Monday in Illinois’ north zone. . . . Some woodcocks are around. . . . Second dove season closes Wednesday. . . . Rail season is open. I know nobody who hunts them and don’t know if they are around.

ILLINOIS DEER PERMITS: Over-the-counter sales of remaining county deer permits is underway at IDNR vendors. I need to do this.

SHORELINE SALMON: It is winding down, at least around Chicago fishing, though snaggers are still getting some.

ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.

PERSONAL PICKS: Had hoped to make “The Early Show” in Batavia, but haven’t decided for sure yet. . . . Normally, this is the time when I go to southern Illinois to pick persimmons with our former pastor, but can’t make it this weekend. . . . I hope to at least get in a couple hours of trying to kick out a rabbit this weekend. . . . The family hike will probably be Saturday or we might enjoy the weekend weather with a fishing trip on the town pond. . . . I received some good suggestions for guests on my Outside radio show on WKCC-FM (91.1), but can always use more. I am enjoying pulling shows together. . . . Work nears the end on a writing project. Been saying that for too long without crossing the finish line. Actually I am beginning to feel like the finish line is running away from me.

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