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WWW Chicago outdoors: Decoys, turkeys & morels

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Weekend weather sounds perfect to be inside looking at decoys or spurring on morels for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

DECOYS AND BEYOND: The focus for the 47th annual National Antique Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show is upstate New York. That's an area with strong interest in both fish and duck decoys. I love some of the fish decoys. It's at Pheasant Run in St. Charles today and tomorrow.

The accompanying Guyette and Schmidt, Inc. auction concludes today. For an online preview, click here. go to As befits an upstate New York focus, one featured auction item is an extremely rare rigmate pair of redheads by Chauncey Wheeler.

Also in the auction are noted items by Charles Perdew, the famed Illinois River carver, including a high-end sleeping mallard hen. Among the Perdew offerings are carvings made for the late Don Clark (the collector from Henry) and his wife Almira as wedding gifts around 1950.

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MORELS: Traditionally early May is when I find mine, so I expect this to be the week. Usually, I run the weekly celebration of morels in May on Sundays in the Sun-Times outdoors page. With the historic March weather this year, MOTW started on April 1 and continues. Email nominations to

TURKEY HUNTING ILLINOIS: Turkey stories (hope to have my own today) keep coming. Turkey of the Week already started and will run for awhile Wednesdays in the Sun-Times outdoors page. If you stories and photos for TOTW, I would love to hear about them and seem them at

MICHIGAN OPENER: Walleye, pike, stream trout, and catch and immediately-release bass seasons open Saturday in the lower peninsula of Michigan on Saturday.

ORVIS DAYS: There's some interesting and eclectic seminars, book signings and film previews running during Orvis Days at Orvis-Chicago through Sunday.

FISHING FILM: OK, Wednesday is not a weekend, but the Fly Fishing Film Tour rolls into Wilmette on Wednesday.

CHICAGO RIVER FRIENDS: Friends of the Chicago River celebrates its 20th anniversary with ``Chicago River Day 20/20'' through May 12. There are many events, including a contest for four to stay overnight in the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Click here.

DUCKS UNLIMITED: On Wednesday, the National Area chapter 31's banquet is at Concorde Banquet Hall in Kildeer. Contact Scott Silverstein at (847) 540-5894; or Dennis Wooten at (847) 540-8474.

On Thursday, the Naperville banquet is at White Eagle Country Club. Contact Steve Hoffman at (630) 728-8432, Bill Lehman at (312) 814-9259 or Tom Lila at (630) 258-3235.

ILLINOIS HUNTING PERMITS: Don't forget resident Illinois deer hunters may apply online for first firearm and muzzleloader permits through Monday. Click the ``Online Services'' tab at

WILD ASPARAGUS: I am sure some is up. I just haven't found it.

SMELT: Smelt netting ends Monday night. One of the great traditions of Chicago fishing is a shell of what once was.

ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.

PERSONAL PICKS: I am turkey hunting this morning. . . . I will keep looking for morels and wild asparagus. It would be a hoot to find both on the same weekend. . . . My day for the decoy show looks like Saturday afternoon. . . . Family hike may be a thing for another weekend. . . . Otherwise, I am back into the swing of my Outside radio show on WKCC-FM (91.1). I am enjoying pulling shows together. . . . Work nears the end on a writing project.

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Nice choice of music on the video. Now I have to go dig out the CD to listen to the rest of it, Been awhile. I should bring it with on a morel hunt. Maybe I'll finally find one.

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