Chicago outdoors: Fox family, record bonito, eating morels, the playwright Shakespeare and fishing

The notes come from outside Chicago and beyond.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Paul Vriend emailed that he had his first sighting of red foxes in town, a family with four kits. “Believe it or not, this family built a den across from my office on the Metra train line,” he emailed.

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, takes place most weeks in the special two-page outdoor section of Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make quotes, send an email BowmanOutside@gmail.com or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

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“Valley, what do we do with morels? Cooking tips? » Liz Clark

A: Simple is best. Brown in olive oil or butter with garlic. Serve with French bread and a glass of red. If you want seasonal, pair the morels, prepared as above, with fresh strawberries and fried crappie fillets.

LARGE NUMBER

3-12: World record pounds-ounces of skipjack herring, caught by Paul Godard on February 14, 1982 from Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee, according to the International Game Fish Association

LAST WORD

“Bait the hook well, this fish will bite.”

Claudioin Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, via canalrivertrust.org.uk

WILD TIMES

WING SHOOTING CLINICS

June 4-5: Plains State Fish and Wildlife Area, (815) 423-5326. Click here for more details.

US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

Today May 21: National Safe Boating Week Kick-Off (Safety Classes, Vessel Safety Checks, Family Activities, Demonstrations), Belmont Yacht Club, Free, 9am-noon, https://fb.me/e/ 1T4NvNOUT

Today May 21: Calumet Harbor Chicago Flotilla Hosts Ship Security Check Station, Hammond Marina, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 35-11 “Calumet Harbor Chicago” | Facebook

PADDLE

Sunday May 22: Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon, register now only in person ($40) canoemarathon.com

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