Notes come in from in and out of Chicago.

wild of the week

Ed Potocki Photographed this scene at Shabbona Lake during thick snow. “Saw this frozen oyster just in time. until I realized it was just a log. , , I did a double take when I saw it. Only in Musk Hunters!!

OK, it’s a different WOTW, but I like it.

WOTW, a celebration of wild stories and photos outside Chicago, runs most weeks in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday, a two-page special outdoors section. To submit, email or contact me on facebookDale Bowman), Twitter (@bowmanoutside) or Instagram (@bowmanoutside,

dell’s mailbag

“Any word on DuSable?” Matt

a: I rarely get fishing reports from DuSable Harbor unless I am physically there. The regulars are extremely tight and small anglers are hard to reach other than in parking lots or if you live literally in town.

last word

“I’ll run wire through the concrete block and each tree limb and wrap it several times. Then I’ll slide the block off the dock and into a boat stall and watch the tree slowly sink. Instant wrap. Instant fishing. Location. I’m amazed at how quickly Christmas trees proudly carrying a Christmas tradition can attract crappies.

Brent Frazeein “Christmas Tree Crappie” at

File photo of a Christmas tree on snow that melts as the Christmas tree sinks on a south suburban lake and becomes a cover for fish.

wild time

show time

Click here for a complete list of shows, outdoor classes, and swap meets.

By Sunday, January 8: Let’s Go Fishing ShowGateway Convention Center, Collinsville

Wednesday, January 11 to January 15: chicago boat showMcCormick Place South

Next Saturdays, January 14 to January 15: Chicago Travel & Adventure ShowStephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Next Saturdays, January 14 to January 15: Spring Lake Izaak Walton Outdoor Show, Hobart, Ind, (219) 263-3358

school of fish

Tuesday, January 10: Lake Michigan Anglers Rob WendellUpcoming store seminars and fishing around the harbor after ice-out, Salmon Unlimited, Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7pm,

Wednesday, January 11: Greg Thomas Crankbait Fishing on Better Figure 8s and Pattern Planning, Fox River Valley Chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 12: Jim Crowley, Riverside Fishing ClubBerwyn Moose Lodge 424 (note new meeting site), 6:30 pm

Illinois Permit/Season

Sunday, January 8: pheasant, quail, pheasant, north field, ends

Monday, January 9: second pigeon season ends

Tuesday, January 10: Last Day, Duck Season, South-Central Region

Friday, Jan. 13-Jan. 15: Part Two, Deer Season Without the Special CWD/Late Winter

bald eagles

Next Saturday, January 14: Eagle Watch, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon, 11am to 3pm,

By Sunday, January 8: Bald Eagle Days: QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island, Ill.,

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