Outdoor Chicago: Musical Turkey, “Looking for Love” Walleye, Sunfish Fly Rods, First Baby Morel

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The notes come from outside Chicago and beyond.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Catherine Briand spotted the turkey at the top on May 5 “walking around Ravinia’s main entrance in Highland Park (maybe he’s a music fan)!”

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, takes place most weeks in the special two-page outdoor section of Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make quotes, send an email [email protected] or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

DALE COURIER BAG

“First morel hunting for Kubinsky River4 week old grandson. Sue Kubinski

A: Besides the greatness of the Ottawa grandma taking her grandson on his first hunt, two things I noticed: the morels are good and River seems quite happy. Let’s hope for a fish of the week from River in 12 years. Sue had one of the sheds of the week earlier this year.

River Kubinski on his first morel hunt.

LARGE NUMBER

1-, 2- or 3-: Fly rod weight recommended by David and Emily Whitlock for bluegill, in flyfisherman.com

LAST WORD

“Laden with carrying eggs for a little longer (a few weeks) than usual, the female walleyes shed their eggs quickly as water temperatures crossed the “preferred” spawning temperatures of 38 to 42 degrees, leaving many males still toil in shallow waters in search of mate!”

Justice Kurtof Kurt’s Island Sports Shop in Minocqua, Wisconsin, on the impact of late spring on the Wisconsin fishery opening

WILD TIMES

FISH COLLECTION

Tuesday May 17: Captain Chris Taurisano“Fishing the Fox Chain—Lures & Locations,” Arlington Anglers, Poplar Creek Banquets, Hoffman Estates, 6:30 p.m., arlingtonanglers.com

Thursday, May 19: Tony Boshold“Fishing Southeast Wisconsin,” Fish Tales Fishing Club, Worth Township Offices, Alsip, 7 p.m., fishtalesfishingclub.com

HUNTER SAFETY

May 21-22: Bartlett, (847) 608-3163

June 2 and 4: Newark, [email protected]

UNLIMITED DUCKS

May 25: Dinner at Palos ParkPalos Golf Club, (708) 557-1300

PADDLE

May 22: Canoe and Kayak Marathon on the Des Plaines River May 22, online registration deadline is today May 14; the day of registration, $40 cash.

US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

Next Saturday May 21: National Safe Boating Week Kick-Off (Safety Classes, Ship Safety Checks, Family Activities, Demonstrations), Belmont Yacht Club, Free, 9am-12pm, https://fb.me/e/1T4NvNOUt

Next Saturday May 21: Calumet Harbor Chicago Flotilla hosts Ship Security Screening Station, Hammond Marina, beginning at 9 a.m., USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 35-11 “Calumet Harbor Chicago” | Facebook

Tuesday, May 17: Boat America, Safeboat Team, [email protected]

Wednesday May 18: Paddler’s Safety Guide, Chicago, Don Leonard, [email protected] . . . Boat America, Des Plaines, Virginia Haase, [email protected]

WING SHOOTING CLINICS

June 4-5: Plains State Fish and Wildlife Area, (815) 423-5326, Click here for more

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