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DALE’S MAILBAG

Q: Is it legal to bowfish on the Des Plaines and Chicago rivers?

—Combined question from two Chicagoans

A: Basic bowfishing regulations are in the fishing-regulation booklet (page 5 and under site-specific regulations). IDNR spokesman Chris McCloud added, “In general, IDNR allows bowfishing for carp, Asian carp [no live possession], grass carp, carpsuckers, shad, drum, buffalo, suckers, gar [except alligator gar] and bowfin in public waters that do not have a site-specific regulation for two-pole and line fishing only. If a specific site has the two-pole and line-fishing-only regulation, then bowfishing is not allowed. Neither the Des Plaines nor the Chicago River has the two-pole and line regulation, so from IDNR perspective, bowfishing is allowed. Now, another potential stopper is when municipalities have local ordinances that prevent archery or the release of projectiles from weapons. So bowfishers should look in our regulation book to see if the waterbody where they want to fish has the site-specific regulations for two-pole and line fishing only and contact the local municipality (city, town, county) where they want to fish to find out if the use of archery equipment is allowed for fishing.’’

Updated: October 29, 2011 12:35AM



BUCK OF the WEEK: UNPLUGGED

It doesn’t look like a buck, but Lena Faulkner caught this deer trotting through her front yard in early June in Lake Villa. BOTW: Unplugged generally celebrates the live, big bucks around Chicago outdoors. Send nominations to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

DOG DAYS

The Northern Illinois chapter of the National Shoot to Retrieve Association holds an introduction to NSTRA next Sunday for pointing breeds. Dogs are welcome and will be worked on birds under trial settings. The day, including lunch and birds, is free. Contact Frank Susi at (815) 588-1377

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

Aug. 13-14: Frankfort, e-mail tjhuntersafety@comcast.net.

Aug. 19-20: Hoffman Estates, registration begins Monday, (847) 645-0400.

ARCHERY

Next Sunday: Lake of the Woods (round targets) tournament, Lincoln Park Archery Club, practice begins 9:30 a.m., lincolnparkarcheryclub.org/events.html.

Next Sunday: Free clinic (walk-in archers welcome), lakefront Lincoln Park Archery Range, 2-4 p.m., lincolnparkarcheryclub.org/clinics.html.

PADDLING

Saturday: Canoe lessons, Chicago River Canoe and Kayak, Chicago launch, 10 a.m. Reservations needed at (773) 704-2663 or info@chicagoriverpaddle.com.

BIRDS AND BEES

Tuesday: “Doctor Bugs,’’ Mark Moffett, discusses his newest book, Adventures Among Ants, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, free, wine and cheese reception 6:30 p.m., lecture 7 p.m.

BIG NUMBER: 466

Estimated pounds of the 94-inch giant halibut Kent Carmichael of Ulysses, Kan., caught June 28 in the Gulf of Alaska.

THE LAST WORD

“I would like to call for them, publicly, to do that. I think that would be healthy for them. I think that would be great. They might disagree with a particular [proposal], but it is healthier for the DNR to have actively engaged hunters. I think it is healthier for the sport.’’ ~ Marc Miller, IDNR director, suggesting waterfowlers in northeast Illinois form an organized group



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