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WWW Chicago outdoors: "Green Fire," turkeys & high school bass fishing

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Well, that lovely weather altered my plans for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors; but in a good way.

I am going to stick with this more personal style for WWW Chicago outdoors on Fridays.

I though today would be spent covering either the Braidwood Lake or Wolf Lake sectional for high school bass fishing. Wrong, all nine of them for the Chicago area were washed or blown out.

So my Monday will be spent at Braidwood Lake, which I think will be the top sectional in the Chicago area.

With the postponement, I have yet another morning to hunt turkeys. So that will be my morning and why I am getting this up around midnight.

It's been an odd turkey season for me. I lost Tuesday because I was up so late Monday night/Tuesday morning writing a column on the Boston Marathon explosions. Then there was the rain. Even with the rain, I made every other morning for at least an hour or two.

And I have a plan for tomorrow morning. We shall see.

I have had adventures with my turkey hunting. First a coyote nearly running up to Monday, then a red squirrel giving me the business right above my head this morning.

This should be the week for shore fishing for browns and coho, but I don't know that I will make it to the Chicago lakefront.

I know this is inside, but Green Fire will air on PBS Chicago WYCC Channel 20 twice in the next few days: 4 p.m. Sunday or 9 p.m. Monday. I need to catch one of the shows.

It's a full-length documentary about the environmental legend Aldo Leopold

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie holds a ``Ghosts of the Ammunition Plant'' tour, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. I have meant to do this very popular tour for a while now. Make reservations at (815) 423-6370 or Unfortunately, I am handling attending the youngest first baseball game, an away game, so my Saturday is planned.

At least I know where I want to deer hunt next fall, so I need to get my application in for deer season. The first lottery period application period runs through April 30 for Illinois residents for firearm and muzzleloader-only deer seasons. Click here or go to the Online Services tab at

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This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on April 19, 2013 12:09 AM.

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