Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Brian Konet thought he had found a Graham crayfish snake at Lemont Quarries. Illinois Natural History Survey herpetologist Chris Phillips emailed that he thought it more likely was a Queensnake, but either is a great find.
Wild of the Week, the celebration of the wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs when warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish they would just stock trout in places like the Bird Park Quarry and other man-made ponds and leave the natural streams alone. — Ed Safiran
I’ve long thought exactly what Safiran said about the stocking of rainbow trout in Illinois streams. I also understand the draw of those settings and their popularity.
‘‘Turkeys are still starting to get fired up in spite of the snow. Gobbles can be heard, and birds have been strutting and displaying, too.’’
Wisconsin DNR Outdoor Report, on Thursday
Muskies surveyed at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area’s Prairie Lake. The biggest was 47 inches, 36.8 pounds. Pictured muskies are 46.4 inches, 33.8 pounds (left) and 45.3, 26.9.
Wednesday: Rick Albers of Chaos Tackle, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., 7 p.m., Schaumburg Golf Club, frvmuskie.com.
Wednesday: Mark O’Neill on ‘‘Adapting to the Ever-Changing Lake Geneva,’’ Lake Geneva Fishing Club, 6 p.m., Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates, lakegenevafishingclub.com.
Turkey hunting: First season, south zone, Monday–Friday; second season, south zone, Saturday–April 19.
Through April 30: Deadline, first lottery, firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits.
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April 14-15: Ingleside, email@example.com.
May 4-5: Zion, firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLIARY
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Saturday: About Boating Safely, Des Plaines, Tim Darrey, email@example.com.
Saturday: About Boating Safely, Willowbrook, Ron Carlson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friday: Marengo dinner, Starline Factory, Harvard. Contact Ben O’Dea at (815) 739-6486.
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NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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