Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

Ron Wozny caught his “everyday visitor being taunted’’ last month in a Cooper’s hawk and squirrel challenge on the North Side.

Wild of the Week, the celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors, runs when warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email

BIG NUMBER

80,021: Preliminary total of deer harvested during Illinois’ two firearm seasons, up slightly from 79,559 deer taken during the 2016 firearm seasons.

DALE’S MAILBAG

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LAST WORD

“I have seen many snowies this year from Winthrop Harbor, Waukegan, Montrose, and Northerly Island down to Steelworkers Park. You can never see too many snowy owls in my opinion.’’

Emil Baumbach, on sending the wonderful photograph above of one of the many snowy owls spotted in Chicago in the last month

WILD TIMES

FISH GATHERINGS

Tuesday: Minnesota guide Ryan McMahon,  Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., Giuseppe’s La Cantina, Des Plaines, 7:30 p.m.,  click here for info

Tuesday: Fishing historian/collector Dan Basore, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m., salmonunlimitedinc.com

Wednesday: Guide Brad Wirt on Wisconsin muskies, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m., frvmuskie.com

HUNTER SAFETY
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)

Jan. 6-7: Morris, smittythepainter@yahoo.com

ILLINOIS SEASONS/PERMITS

Jan. 11: Deadline, second lottery, spring turkey applications,  click here for info and to apply

DUCKS UNLIMITED
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)

Wednesday: Windy City Holiday Gun Extravaganza, New Polonia Club, Chicago. Click here for info or contact Bill Fester, (847) 455-3304

PHEASANTS FOREVER
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)