A giant swallowtail photo, families and charters, sales of new boats and the first yellow jackets are among the notes of Chicago outdoors.


Ratings come from all around Chicago in the open air.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

Emil Baumbach delivers his usual wonderful photo at the top, this time of a giant swallowtail in a Cook County forest preserve. “The largest butterfly in North America loves nectar plants, including this bee balm,” he wrote. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Doug Taron emailed: “I am hearing more reports than usual for this species this year.” I even saw one near my house which is unusual.

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, takes place most weeks in the special two-page outdoor section of the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Submit applications by message on Facebook (Dale bowman), on Twitter (@Bowman) and Instagram (@Bowman) or email ([email protected]).

WILD TIME

HUNTER SAFETY

August 13 and 15: Newark, (815) 210-4995

August 27 and 29: Mundelein, (847) 918-6145

19-20 Sep: Kankakee, (815) 935-2700

ARCHERY

From Saturday August 15 to August 16: 28th Traditional Shooting Blackhawks Field Archers, Rockton. For kiosks or information, contact David lee, [email protected] or (708) 476-0305

ILLINOIS PERMITS / SEASONS

Until August 25: Free dove permit applications on a first come, first served basis, go to https://dnr2.illinois.gov/OnLineHuntingApplication/Dove/DoveAppFCFS.aspx

Until August 31: Free mountain game permits, application period, go to https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/hunting/uplandgame/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx

DALE MAIL BAG

“I saw my first yellow jacket of the season today while working outside around the house. While not a deadly hornet, they can still be a problem. Now I have to cover my beer when I sit on the patio to relax after a long day. Jim Hantak, Hill

A: I have not yet seen a yellow vest (nor a deadly hornet for that matter). I would suggest a beer with less sugar, but these are mostly light beers, to which a yellow jacket might actually add some flavor.

LARGE NUMBER

59: Percentage increase in new boat sales from April through May, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

LAST WORD

“Most charters take a lot of families. It is a good thing for families. It’s something they can do to break the monotony.

Captain Bob Poteshman, of Confusion Charters, on the difference since the return of charter fishing in Illinois during the pandemic

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