This week’s field notes
OUTDOORS September 3, 2011 12:46AM
Q: I have gotten into this wonderful hobby [of rod building], and I’m looking to get some instruction in it. Would you know of any classes in the area? The closest one I can find is Minneapolis. I’m midway thru my second rod. I’ll enclose some pictures for you to take a look at. — Adam Verwolf
A: I can see why he likes this. The photos he sent are wonderful. According to friends who build rods, in Chicago, the place for rod-building classes is Coren’s Rod and Reel Service — (773) 631-5202 — at 6001 N. Nina Ave. Normally, Eric Heckman has winter classes. But he said his next scheduled class is in the spring and will be on bamboo rods.
Updated: November 16, 2011 1:27AM
BUCK OF THE WEEK: UNPLUGGED
‘‘I was golfing at Billy Caldwell Golf Course yesterday, and I hooked a shot into the woods,’’ Greg Lopatka e-mailed. ‘‘When I went to see where my ball landed, this eight-point buck was looking at me like I was crazy.’’ The Downers Grove man sent what is now my favorite story for BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors. E-mail nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest string of break-ins at the Western Avenue launch on the Sanitary and Ship Channel continued last week, despite increased patrols.
Oct. 1-2: Countryside,
(708) 354-3276 . . .
Essex, (815) 458-3568.
Suburban, Atlantis Banquet, Arlington Heights. Contact Jeff Schroeder at (847) 903-4909.
Next Sunday: 900 round tournament, Lincoln Park Archery Club, lincolnparkarcheryclub.org/events.html.
Next Sunday: Free clinic, Lincoln Park Archery Range, 2-4 p.m., free and walk-ins welcome, lincolnparkarcheryclub.org/clinics.html.
Tuesday: Mark Podobinski on sucker fishing secrets, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., Park Ridge VFW, 7:30 p.m. Contact Dean at (847) 677-0017 or email@example.com.
Opening day numbers for dove hunters at nearby public sites, in order of success.
Kankakee River SP: 392 doves; 34 hunters; 11.5 doves per hunter
Iroquois SWA: 501, 61, 8.2
Matthiessen SP: 717, 111, 6.5
Silver Springs SFWA: 352, 57, 6.2
Des Plaines SFWA: 500, 115, 4.3
Chain O’Lakes SP: 11, 14, 0.8
Shabbona Lake SRA: 35, 23, 0.7
Mazonia SFWA: 1, 14, 0.0
Marseilles SFWA: NA
THE LAST WORD
‘‘There is zero tolerance for anyone found operating a vessel or a motor vehicle under the influence. And remember, drunk boating is drunk driving, and those caught under the influence will be prosecuted.’’ ~ RAFAEL GUTIERREZ, IDNR Conservation Police Chief, on stepped-up enforcement over the Labor Day holiday