Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Elizabeth Prector tweeted this female belted kingfisher from New Year’s Day at Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego and noted, “I remembered you like them.’’ For me, kingfishers rank with wood ducks and American goldfinch.
Wild of the Week, a celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors, runs on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (email@example.com).
Q: “Any thoughts on why I’m seeing so many coyotes in the city as of late?’’ Jeffrey Nolan
A: Winter weather probably makes eating inside city limits easier than in the suburbs. Coytoes are adaptable enough that the Cook County Coyote Project is near 17 years.
0: Fish caught during Fish Fest by former Sun-Timesman Terry Boers, who retired from WSCR-AM Thursday after 25 years
“I have plenty of creatures, including deer, walk right up to me, under the stand etc., while I am smoking, drinking coffee, and likely smelling like who knows what, including eau du wet dog.’’
Gretchen Steele, in a discussion on scents and odor in the outdoors
Tuesday: Gregg Thomas, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., Giuseppe’s La Cantina, Des Plaines, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Capt. Ralph Steiger, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Capt. Chris Taurisano, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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Thursday: Gobblers at McGraw banquet, Dundee. (217) 720-3683 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, Jan. 11: Deadline, second lottery, spring turkey applications, click here
Thursday, Jan. 12: Goose hunting, north zone, ends
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 13-15: Second season, CWD and late-winter antlerless deer
Sunday, Jan. 15: Archery deer ends . . . archery turkey ends
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Wednesday-next Sunday, Jan. 11-15: Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show, McCormick Place South, ChicagoBoatShow.com
Thursday-next Sunday, Jan. 12-15: All-Canada Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles
Friday-next Sunday, Jan. 13-15: Greater Chicago RV Show, Schaumburg Convention Center
Saturday, Jan. 14: Musky Road Rules, Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates
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