Gar, sturgeon, mallard in snow, National Pheasant Fest: Notes, Chicago outdoors
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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Sandy Melovic photographed this mallard, apparently a year-round resident, landing on snow in early January near Naperville.
Wild of the Week, the celebration of stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, run when warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email
Estimated adult females/estimated adult males in the world’s largest self-sustaining population of lake sturgeon on Wisconsin’s Winnebago system.
Q: ‘‘Anyone ever get a gar through the ice at Mazonia? I always wonder if you could find a deep hole and bump a nice bloody hunk of shad on top of sleeping longnoses and get a reaction.’’ — Olaf Nelson, of moxostoma.com
A: I didn’t think they were active in 32-degree water, but Nelson emailed: ‘‘People do occasionally catch them while ice fishing, so it IS possible.’’
‘‘As you may or may not know, National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic has secured the convention facility in Schaumburg to host the 2019 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic. This will be our first visit to the state of Illinois, and we are expecting it to be a big show.’’
— Jared Wiklund, public-relations manager for Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
Tuesday: Capt. Chris Taurisano, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., 7:30 p.m., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, chicagolandmuskiehunters.org.
Tuesday: Wildlife artist Tom Wendel, Salmon Unlimited, 7 p.m., Elk Grove Village VFW, salmonunlimitedinc.com.
Wednesday: MuskieFIRST founder Steve Worrall, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., 7 p.m., Schaumburg Golf Club, frvmuskie.com.
Thursday: Josh Sokol on bass and Neko rig, Fish Tales Fishing Club, 7 p.m., Oak Forest Community Center, fishtalesfishingclub.com.
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Thursday-next Sunday: Chicago RV & Camping Show, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont
Friday-Sunday: Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show, Indoor Sports Center, Loves Park
Friday-Feb. 25: Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Saturday-next Sunday: Our World Underwater Chicago Dive & Travel Expo, Chicago Marriott O’Hare
Sunday: Henry Decoy Show, Henry-Senachwine High School
Saturday-next Sunday: Capt. Ralph Steiger seminars, smallmouth on Saturday, salmon/trout Sunday. Click here for information and to register.
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLIARY
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Saturday: About Boating Safety, Willowbrook. Contact Ron Carlson at email@example.com.
Thursday: Rabbit hunting ends
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Feb. 17-18: Momence, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 16-17: Morris, email@example.com or (815) 343-7330
March 17-18: New Lenox, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 7: Deadline for registering for Openlands TreeKeeper certification course, at Washington Park fieldhouse on Thursdays and Sundays from April 8-May 3. Cost is $128. Enroll at www.openlands.org/treekeepers
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NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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