The Christmas spirt is everywhere, even in this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.
I even cut this odious rodent of the backyard a break Christmas Eve and didn't splatter it with an ice ball as it savaged the suet feeder.
NAVY PIER PERCH: The strong winds have been predominantly southerly, so that shouldn't knock out the holiday perch bite at Navy Pier. I didn't make it down myself this morning and haven't heard back yet from anybody else.
YOUTH PHEASANT HUNTS: There's a pair of youth pheasant hunts on Saturday. For overall information, go to dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/controlled_hunt/youth.htm. One is at Des Plaines CA in Wilmington with check-in from 7-8 a.m. . . . The other is at Kankakee River SP in Bourbonnais with check-in from 8-8:30 a.m.
ICE FISHING? It's out in southern areas, and I am not sure yet about northern spots either, after the overnight weather.
EAGLE WATCHING: If you happen to be in the St. Louis area for the holidays, this might be worth noting. On Monday-Tuesday: there's Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette SP near Grafton at 8:30 a.m. Reservation are required--(618) 786-3323. I have not done this, so I can't say how it is, but I love Pere Marquette park.
PERSONAL PICKS: I'm savoring the holiday. We may get in a hike somewhere today, if the weather breaks at all, to work up an appetite. . . . Since we are home for the holidays this year, I was hoping to try for my first Christmas Kankakee River smallmouth (Ed Mullady put the bug in my ear about that some years back), but this is not the kind of conditions where I will be mucking around the edge of a swollen river. . . . I may try lakefront perch again, see if we are bopping around in the vicinity. . . . On Monday, I was debating making the trek to Powerton. But I'm not sure if I am that desparate. . . . More likely is cleaning up my basement tackle/hunting room and prepping for the outdoor show season. Yes, the Chicago Muskie Show starts the season two weeks from today.