Sandhill Cranes and Deer Mixing, Counting Dunes, Illgen Falls and Illinois Bow Fin

The notes come from outside Chicago and beyond.

DALE COURIER BAG

“(Re: Jump from Big Manitou Falls) Here’s a fall you can jump from, Illgen Falls, 40ft, upper north shore. Not me though, I was up there last week. Stone Starshak

A: I love that Starshak took the cast of Stray from September 28 (Tom Brady, Green Bay, Big Manitou Falls) to heart and gave me another place to visit. Illgen Falls is in Minnesota near the Lake Superior Circle Tour.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Deer and sandhill cranes near Bode Lake.

Dale Wians photographed deer and sandhill cranes “just having lunch together near Lake Bode” in northern Cook County.

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).

LARGE NUMBER

2,069: On Tuesday, sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana during the first fall count. Click here for weekly counts.

LAST WORD

“The male Bowfin shows a lot of parental care. The male clears an area in the mud for the female to lay her eggs and then fertilizes them. It hovers nearby and aggressively protects eggs and fry after they emerge.

Bowfin (spiny dogfish) page at ifishillinois.org

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

Oct. 15 and 22: Tinley Park, (708) 342-4200

October 22-23: Palos Hills, (708) 601-4712

US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

Next Saturday, October 15: Boat America, Chicago, Dan O’Connell[email protected]

LAKE CLOSURES

Tuesday, October 12: Last day of fishing, Lake Heidecke

Next Saturday, October 15: Last day of fishing, Lac LaSalle

FISH COLLECTIONS

Tuesday, October 11: Captain Doug KloetChicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies, Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11: Tournament Top Three Boats, Salmon Unlimited, Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12: Keith Cortopassi on Indiana Musk Waters Fishing, Fox River Valley section of Muskies, Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12: Erik Lennartz“Hunting Southeast Wisconsin Muskies,” Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 13: Jim CrowleyRiverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.

BIRD WATCHING FILM

Thursday, October 13: Introducing the Magic Stump, DuPage Birding Club, click here for details

ILLINOIS SEASONS

Next Saturday, October 15: Woodcock season begins

Next Saturday, October 15: Last day, frog season

Next weekend, October 15-16: Waterfowl juvenile season, northern zone

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