Northern harrier, another city buck: Notes, Chicago outdoors
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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Elizabeth Pector sent along another cool photo, this of a northern harrier in flight on Dec. 10 at Springbrook Prairie in Naperville.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Jan. 20-21: Marengo, email@example.com or 815-568-7231
Jan. 28-29: Chicago, carryinillinois.com/hunter-safety-course.html
Wednesday, Dec. 28: Jeremy Smith of Lindner Media Productions, Walleyes Unlimited, Gurnee American Legion, 7 p.m., walleyesunlimitedusa.org
Thursday-next Sunday: Dec. 29-Jan. 1: CWD and late-winter antlerless deer seasons, select counties
Friday, Dec. 30: Registration deadline, drawing for the Central Illinois Youth Goose Hunt, Jan. 15-16, (217) 785-8060
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NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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Q: “A few weeks ago I was at the West Ridge Nature Preserve on Western Avenue with my sister, and three of my grandkids.
Fortunately I had a camera along and took the attached photo of a fine looking specimen. What I can’t figure out is from whence he came and how he got in.’’ Robert E. Zeitner
A: My guess would be the buck either came from a nearby cemetery or from the area by North Park Village Nature Center to the west. Bucks move around, especially during the rut. But it is a curious one.
5.5: Percentage of ice cover on the Great Lakes by Wednesday, according to the Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis
“What a difference a week makes. Three weeks ago we had T-shirts on. Quickest I have ever seen us make ice.’’
Steve Palmisano, Henry’s Sports and Bait, on the dramatic arrival of ice fishing