Chicago outdoors: Play find the praying mantis and other notes
A praying mantis well concealed in Orland Park, a question on harvesting white or albino deer, Patrick Walters’ big bag of smallmouth bass and a quote on feeding temperatures for Chinook are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Bridget Lynch photographed this praying mantis Aug. 18 on nodding onions in Orland Park, a good example of their camouflage abilities. I’m still waiting on my first of the year.
WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email BowmanOutside@gmail.com or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).
“Can [albino deer] be harvested?” Bill Bonney on Facebook
A: He was referencing the Wild of the Week last Saturday of an albino buck by Vince Oppedisano in Boulder Junction, Wis. In both Illinois and Wisconsin, it is illegal to kill an albino or all-white deer.
105: Pounds of smallmouth bass—heaviest 20-fish total of smallmouth in Bassmaster history—weighed in by Patrick Walters to win the Bassmaster Elite Series event at the St. Lawrence River.
“Chinook are active in water temperatures from 45º to 60ºF, with a peak feeding temperature at 54ºF.”
Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ “Fishing Lake Michigan,” revised in 1998, by Tom Trudeau and Rich Hess, page 3.
Thursday, Sept. 7: Dale Bowman on sundry topics, Trollers Unlimited, The Great Escape, Schiller Park, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 9-Sept. 24: Teal season
Saturday, Sept. 9-Nov. 17: Rail (sora and Virginia only) season
Saturday, Sept. 9-Dec. 24: Snipe season
Through Sept. 30: Applications, bobcat permits
Sept. 30-Oct. 1:Ringwood, search “hunter safety” at anc.apm.activecommunities.com/mccdistrict/activity/search
Sept.23-24: Momence, (815) 472-4900
Sept. 16 or 17: Des Plaines Conservation Area, Wilmington, (815) 423-5326
Sept. 23:For adult hunters of all levels, Deacon’s Bar, Wauconda, publish.illinois.edu/huntcampil/