A note on how to report armadillos in Illinois, a well-photographed Cooper’s hawk, and thoughts on record-breaking smallmouth bass and northern pike in Illinois are among Chicago’s notes outside and beyond.

The notes come from outside Chicago and beyond.


“If you have recently seen an armadillo in Illinois, please REPORT the sighting to IDNR at this link [wildlifeillinois.org/gallery/mammals/other-mammals/armadillo/]. Thank you.”

My favorite social media post from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, February 19 on Facebook

Cooper’s Hawk of the backyard.


Tony Davies sent the photo to the left of a Cooper’s hawk.

He was taken by his wife Paulette, last week through the kitchen window.

Cooper’s Hawks are active around many backyards and bird feeders with our regular winter this year.

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, takes place most weeks in the special two-page outdoor section of Sun-Times Sports Saturday.

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March 12-13: Bridgeview, (708) 594-1818. . . Diamond, (815) 907-7345. . . Morris, (815) 942-6644


Thursday March 10: North Shore Chicago Diner, Kenilworth Club


Wednesday March 9: Paddler’s Safety Guide, Chicago, Don Leonard[email protected]

Saturday March 12: Boat America, Chicago, Dan O’Connell, [email protected] . . . Boat America, Waukegan, Curt Schumacher[email protected]


Click here for the complete list of shows, classes and exchange meetings for the coming months.

Until today, March 6: Northwest Indiana Fishing and Outdoors Show, Lincoln Community Center, Highland, Ind.

Next Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13: Newspaper Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, West Allis, Wisconsin.

Next Friday-Sunday, March 11-13: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.

Saturday March 12: Fish & Hook Sports Lounge, Ext VFW 5788, Lockport

Saturday March 12: Fox River Valley Section of Muskies Inc. Annual Banquet, Schaumburg Golf Club

Next Sunday, March 13: Quad County Hawg Hunters’ Fishing Flea Market, Plano American Legion, [email protected] or (815) 286-7170


Tuesday, March 8: River specialist mike teafoe Chicagoland Muskie Hunters Chapter of Muskies, Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m., chicagolandmuskiehunters.org

Tuesday, March 8: Salmon Unlimited, Top 3 Boats of the 2021 Season (Fish n Crew, Follow Me and Dojigger), Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7 p.m., salmonunlimitedinc.com

Wednesday, March 9: Captain Matt RaleyGuiding in Wisconsin’s Oneida and Vilas Counties, Fox River Valley section of Muskies, Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m., frvmuskie.com

Wednesday, March 9: Andrew Ragas“Artificial Techniques and Spring Strategies for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass,” Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m., lakegenevafishingclub.com

Thursday March 10: Captain Doug Kloet“Spring Musky Fishing on Lake Geneva and the Chain O’Lakes”, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m., RiversideFishingClub.com


Tuesday, March 8: Beginning of counter sales, spring turkey


“Now that the long-standing smallmouth bass record has been [topped] a few years ago, maybe it’s time to start watching the lakeshore for the next state record pike. Tim Jacob commenting on Facebook

A: He has a point. The northern Illinois pike record has stood since November 9, 1989, when Walter Klenzak caught his 26-pound, 15-ounce monster in an open pit, now called Monster Lake in Mazonia South.

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