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Truly late-night crawlers on New Years Eve, a first sailfish out of a kayak, a photogenic suburban goat, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ round-up of safety grades in 2021 are among the notes from the Chicago area and beyond.

Notes come from the Chicago area and beyond.

CREATURE OF THE WEEK: UNPLUGGED

“I ‘shot’ this guy [photo at the top] last week in the Cook County Forest Preserve near Park Ridge “, Jeff Getz emailed. “Not the biggest money I’ve ever seen, but perhaps the most photogenic.” I tend to agree with that assessment.

BOTW Unplugged, the celebration of the big live Chicago outdoor budget, runs appropriately in the special two-page outdoor section of Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Send an email to [email protected] or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

WILD TIMES

HUNTING SECURITY

29.-30. January: Diamond, (815) 907-7345

SHOW TIME

Click here to view the full list of shows, courses, and file sharing for the coming months, updated regularly.

Until today, January 9th: Muskie Expo Chicago, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles

Until today, January 9th: Let’s Go Fishing Show, Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville

Thursday, January 13th to next Sunday, January 16th: Northern Illinois Sports Show, Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, Grayslake

FISH MEETINGS

Tuesday, January 11th: Wisconsin guide Jeff Van Remortel, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters Chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday January 12th: Jim Saric, “The New Age of Trophy Muskies,” $ 10, Fox River Valley Chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7pm

Thursday, January 13th: Michael Pehanich. “Tips and Techniques for a Successful Multi-Species Spring,” Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 pm

ILLINOIS PERMITS / SEASONS

Today, January 9th: Second pigeon season ends

Monday, January 10th: First Scup season, South Zone, ends

Tuesday, January 11th: Last day, second lottery applications, spring turkey

Tuesday, January 11th: Duck season, south central zone, ends. . . The second salvage season, southern central zone, ends. . . Second Scup season, south zone.

Friday, January 14th to next Sunday, January 16th: Second CWD / late winter season without antlers

Saturday 15th January: Pheasant, quail, partridge, south zone, ends

Gerard Urbanozo shows his first sailfish that was caught from a kayak, provided that

DALE’S MAILBAG

“Yes, I got my first sailfish !!!” Gerard Urbanozo

ONE: You have to see the photo [above] to understand the magnitude of his catching and releasing. During the vacation he was kayak fishing. Kayak fishing in salt water is very important to me because of the experience and Urbanozo’s catch is in a different stratosphere.

BIG NUMBER

6,297: The Department of Safety Education issued student certificates for hunting, 6,202 for boating, 757 for snowmobiling, and 342 for trapping in 2021, via a tweet from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

LAST WORD

“I thought you’d like to know that night crawls are crawling around here right now. Not what I am used to or expect on the last day of the year. “

Christian Howe on New Years Eve (I think the crawlers were expecting a surprise).

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