Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

Eddie Pasiewicz photographed the red-tailed hawk above feasting on a squirrel Dec. 8.

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

38-4: Pounds-ounces of the Illinois-record lake trout, caught by Theodore Rullman on Aug. 22, 1999, on Lake Michigan.

DALE’S MAILBAG

Email: ‘‘It appears this owl is one of a pair! They were hooting this evening about 8:30-9:20 p.m. So we are in the territory of a mating pair of great horned owls and probably will have a nest and babies nearby!’’

— Dr. Elizabeth Pector

A: I find their hooting in the winter some of the most haunting sights and sounds in the wild.

LAST WORD

‘‘As kids, we would crawl under the Steel Mill fence and sneak back here to fish. It was our little getaway in South Chicago. Look at it now. I love it.’’  Raul Garcia Jr.tweeting about the hundreds of people on any given day perch-fishing at the North Slip by Steelworkers Park (below).

 

WILD TIMES

FISH GATHERING

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

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

Jan. 19-20: Wheeling, huntersafety@sbcglobal.net.

ILLINOIS SEASONS/PERMITS

Tuesday: Final day of duck season in the north zone.

Sunday: Final day of common snipe hunting.

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

CENTRAL ILLINOIS YOUTH GOOSE HUNT

Dec. 29: Deadline to register for the annual hunt on Jan. 14-15, call (217) 785-8060

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

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

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