Owls, wild turkeys, scent-control, Hofmann Dam: Chicago outdoors notes
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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Paul Bleers photographed juvenile great horned owls and noted: ‘‘We’ve seen so many owls that what was once a special event has become sort of commonplace.’’
Wild of the Week, a celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors, runs as warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: Took my daughter driving from Channahon to Seneca and back. Coming back on DuPont Road, came across five to seven turkeys in the road. See them a lot on the Heritage Bluffs Golf Course here in Channahon, too. — Frank Macikas
A: I’m still amazed at the places I see wild turkeys now.
Percentage of hunters who think scent-control products work/percent of those hunters who use such products, according to a recent poll on HunterSurvey.com.
‘‘When we were kids, we rarely, if ever, waded around there, both because of the polluted water and because we’d sink into the sediment up to or even beyond our knees. It’s hard to believe it’s the same river. It’s a nice gravel and rock substrata (it was probably always there, but it was buried under a couple of feet of muck) with a riffle/run/pool configuration. I’ve seen good numbers of crayfish and minnows. If I went out later in the afternoon, I’d expect to see caddis and maybe even mayflies hatching.’’
Pete Lamar, after a fly-fishing trek near the former Hofmann Dam on the Des Plaines River
CWD INFO MEETINGS
Tuesday: 7 p.m., Illinois State Rifle Association Shooting Range, Bonfield.
Thursday: 7 p.m., Lost Valley Visitors Center, Ringwood.
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Beecher, TJHUNTERSAFETY@GMAIL.COM . . . Morris, rainbowcouncil.org
Oct. 18, 21, 22: Elburn, email@example.com
Oct. 20-21: Arlington Heights, www.huntsafely.webs.com
Through Sept. 30: Applications for bobcat hunting and trapping permits, $5 non-refundable fee, il.wildlifelicense.com/start.php
Sunday: Archery season for deer and turkey opens
Wednesday: Noah Humfeld, Walleyes Unlimited, 7 p.m., Gurnee American Legion, walleyesunlimitedusa.org.
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)