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NW Side eagle, crow hunting, Aldo Leopold: Notes on Chicago outdoors

Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

Fred Kuchta photographed this bald eagle Monday on the Far Northwest 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 (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).

DALE’S MAILBAG

Q: ‘‘Who hunts crows and why?’’ — Andy Kulczycki

A: The people I know who hunt crows do so for the challenge in calling. Crows are observant, smart birds. That’s not a compelling enough reason for me. Crow season in Illinois opened Saturday.

BIG NUMBER

36 

Inches of the muskie caught by Marmion’s Cole Abbott to win the Illinois High School Muskie Tournament, sponsored by the Shawnee Muskie Hunters.

LAST WORD

‘‘Whoever owns land has thus assumed, whether he knows it or not, the divine functions of creating and destroying plants.’’

Aldo Leopold, in the opening paragraph of the Axe-in-Hand section of ‘‘A Sand County Almanac’’

WILD TIMES

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

Thursday-Friday: Dyer, Ind., BOOKING@FIRSTSHOTDYER.COM

Friday-Saturday: Hoffman Estates, Diane.Schneider@Cabelas.com.

Nov. 28-28: Chicago, carryinillinois.com/hunter-safety-course.html

LAKE MICHIGAN WORKSHOP

Wednesday: Lake Michigan Fisheries Workshop hosted by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Hammond Marina.

ILLINOIS SEASONS

Saturday: Pheasant, rabbit, quail and partridge hunting begins

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

Wednesday: Northeast Illinois banquet, Midlane Country Club, Wadsworth. Contact Don Kellum at (847) 308-6651. Click here for banquet info.

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

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