Call it a packed Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors with everything from perch reopening to squirrel hunting beginning to an auction and more.
The packed time is one reason WWW Chicago outdoors is being posted now instead of Friday morning, including squirrel hunting opening Sunday. Forgive me, the photo above was taken while deer hunting last fall. There's a lot more foliage now.
PERCH REOPENER: The great reopener for all on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan for perch fishing is Sunday. Through Saturday, it is closed to those 16 and older on Lake Michigan in Illinois, but perch fishing is allowed by those 15 and younger with a reduced daily bag of 10. With the cooler water on shore, there have been plenty of perch around for the kids. I just hope that the weather does not bring warm water in and flush the perch out deeper by Sunday when all of us can fish for them. We shall see.
SQUIRREL HUNTING: Considering the heat and the thick foliage, I don't expect many to go afield when squirrel hunting begins Sunday. Talked with Frank Snow at Iroquois County SWA, one of the few sites nearby open immediately for squirrel hunting, and he said all regs are the same as other years. It amazes me how much squirrel hunting has fallen off in interest since I was a kid. Times change.
AUCTION: On Saturday, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's annual public sale of police-confiscated, found and surplus items is held at Fleet Services Complex at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in Lombard. Viewing begins at 7 a.m.; registration at 7:30 a.m., auction at 8:30 a.m. Click here for information or call (630) 580-7100.
The forest preserve reported:
Among the many items are cars, pickup trucks, tractors and utility vehicles. Maintenance equipment in the sale includes mowers, string trimmers, chain saws, blowers, seed spreaders, a snow blower and a rototiller. Bargain hunters can shop among jewelry, bicycles, rowboats, cameras, a small refrigerator, fishing gear, golf clubs, auto-repair parts, tools, office equipment and more.
WADING: The Kankakee is the only river I would suggest for wading, and that could change depending what happens Friday. In fact, the Kankakee could use some water, it is getting yucked up (to use a scientific term) with algae and floating suds.
However, the creeks feeding into other rivers like the Fox, should be fine by the weekend, unless we get a lot Friday.
RIVER SWEEP POSTPONED: The First Rock River Sweep scheduled for Saturday in Illinois and Wisconsin has been postponed by the flooding. Click here for updates.
HUNTING NOTE: Applications for the 2010 free upland game hunt permits are now open through Aug. 31. It must be done online. Click here. Either somebody has it in for me or I am the unluckiest guy alive. I've only drawn a permit once. I usually do an informal thing with several others, if somebody gets lucky and draws a permit, then we bring the others along.
SHOOTING: The Amateur Trapshooting Association Grand American Trapshooting Championships open Tuesday at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta. It is shameful that I have not been down there during one of these yet. I have been to the complex, but not during the Grand American.
PADDLING: Chicago River Canoe & Kayak holds its Chicago River Canoe and Kayak Skyscraper Canyon Trip at 6 p.m. Sunday. You need reservations, so call (773) 704-2663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers beginner courses regularly. Click here. . . .
GREAT BEAR WILDERNESS: The Brookfield Zoo has good summer exhibit of the Great Bear Wilderness. Still haven't done it with the family and August is nearly here. Click here for details.
THEATRE-HIKES: The Morton Arboretum in Lisle has weekend Theatre-Hikes from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday it is Robin Hood; Sunday is Peter Pan. Tickets are $8 to $19. . . . Peter Pan is at North Park Village Nature Center at 1 p.m. Saturday.
PERSONAL PICKS: Fishing somewhere with ``Famous Frank'' Hyla of Time on the Water Outdoors early Friday. . . . Saturday is largely family time, unless I sneak in a little blind work or wading. . . . Sunday is perch reopener on the lakefront, and talking on Mike Jackson Outdoors Radio (6-7 a.m., AM-1270 and AM-1470). . . . Family has made Friday a hiking today. Good tradition to have. Think we will keep it up again.