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Pounds-ounces of the ­Indiana record yellow perch, caught by Roy Burkel Jr. from a gravel pit in Vigo County in 1981. Boaters started catching good jumbo perch in 51 feet of water north of Gary Light on Wednesday.

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



WILD OF WEEK

Mike Reynolds sent one of the wilder WOTW photos last week. “I thought you would get a kick out of this picture,’’ he e-mailed. “Have you ever seen a goose perched in a tree? It was St. Mary’s cemetery at 87th and Pulaski.’’ That is a new one for me. Morel of the Week will start soon. E-mail WOTW or MOTW nominations to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

Saturday-next Sunday: Wilmington, call to register beginning Monday after 5 p.m. at (815) 723-1978.

REPTILES

Today: Final day, Chicago Herpetological Society’s 18th annual ReptileFest, University of Illinois-Chicago Physical Education Building, ­ReptileFest.com.

FISH MEETING

Tuesday: Fly fishing author Robert Tomes leads awards night, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., Park Ridge VFW, 7:30 p.m. Contact (847) 677-0017 or dlrosset@sbcglobal.net.

Thursday: Walt Matan on spring fishing, Riverside ­Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion Hall, 7 p.m., RiversideFishingClub.com.

DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUETS

Friday: Lockport, Woodbine Golf Course, Homer Glen. Contact John Suva — (708) 301-8366 — or Dan Tully Sr. ­— (708) 301-1326.

ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS

Monday: North zone spring turkey hunting opens.

BIG NUMBER: 2-8

Pounds-ounces of the ­Indiana record yellow perch, caught by Roy Burkel Jr. from a gravel pit in Vigo County in 1981. Boaters started catching good jumbo perch in 51 feet of water north of Gary Light on Wednesday.

THE LAST WORD

“[I] found 192 blacks [morels] yesterday and 135 today.’’

­— Anonymous poster, on morels.com, about finds of ­morel mushrooms Tuesday and Wednesday in Jackson County in southern Illinois



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