WILD TIMES

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HUNTER SAFETY July 30 and Aug. 1: Bon­field, (815) 635-3198. ILLI­NOIS PER­MITS/SEA­SONS

July 20: Dead­line, sec­ond lot­tery for free dove per­mits.

DALE’S MAILBAG

“We re­ally had our share of ci­cadas last month. What was re­ally unique were the ‘squadrons’ of gulls that ap­peared to be do­ing ma­neu­vers over­head. They ap­peared ev­ery cou­ple of hours and ap­par­ently were feast­ing on the lo­custs.

. . . I de­cided it would be a good idea to re­view the Book of Rev­e­la­tion!!!”

— Ken Nieminski

A: Over­all, 2020 makes Rev­e­la­tion look like chump change.

BIG NUM­BER

1,000 years:

Es­ti­mated age of the Illi­nois state-record wa­ter tu­pelo, mea­sur­ing 23 feet in cir­cum­fer­ence; that “top­pled in a storm” ear­lier this sum­mer at the Sec­tion 8 Woods on the Cache River, ac­cord­ing to WSIL-TV.

THE LAST WORD

“Lake Erie of­fers some of the best fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the na­tion. The out­look has never been brighter for Lake Erie wall­eye fish­ing, with a strong fu­ture that has been built by con­sis­tently suc­cess­ful hatches since 2014, and solid sci­ence­based man­age­ment.” — Ken­dra Wecker,

Ohio’s Di­vi­sion of Wildlife chief, in a D’Arcy Egan ar­ti­cle on the­bea­con.net, “Ohio fish­ery ex­perts deem Lake Erie #1 in world for wall­eye”

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