Oh, the discrepancy! William Powers SRA . Drawing for the Waterfowl Blind in Wolf Lake

Nikki Strahl grills hot dogs on Saturday afternoon behind the pavilion where the waterfall-blind draw will be held for Wolf Lake at the William W. Powers State Recreation Area. Some duck hunters, telling stories, gathered a few hours before the 2 p.m. draw. Others had lunch at a nearby picnic table.

Chicago has hunted on its Southeast side. They are dedicated duck hunters. It was lucky for Patrick Burgess, a first-timer, who used the hours to ask and listen to questions.

“I told people what I was doing today — and the look on people’s faces,” Burgess said. “I’ve got tons of text messages from people asking if I’ve attracted a blind man.”

he would not. This shouldn’t be a problem. William Powers almost always has open blinds. The advantage of attracting a blind is a guaranteed spot for the season. William Powers has 20 blind sites, eight of which are permanent.

Burgess grew up in Ohio, where he duck-hunted with his late grandfather. After graduating from law school, he immigrated to Chicago, where he met his wife. But Burgess would return to Ohio to hunt ducks.

Then he got a blind draw at William Powers when he googled duck hunting in Chicago. So he contacted Strahl, a wildlife/hunting heritage biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“I called Nikki, and I’ve never met anyone so passionate and helpful,” Burgess said. “Great to know it’s available in Chicago. I am not a golfer. It’s more enjoyable.”

Joe Lulinski suggested “staying too far on the south side of the lake”.

Some consider road blinds to be important. The best days are with north/northeast winds.

“I live on the East Side, [and] It’s more of a tradition than anything else,” Lulinski said. “Still, it’s a good thing to do in the city.”

He pulled over and took Blind 5.

At 1:59 p.m., Strahl stood at a picnic table and announced, “One minute.”

A man stepped forward. He checked his photo ID and hunting license, then he put the last folded card into the wire roller.

Strall, loosening the crowd of about 100 people, an adult Lab, a 6-month-old Lab, and a Setter, said: “Can everyone hear me? Otherwise shut up.”

He focused on the basics, then 6-year-old Giorgio Santoro drew for each blind.

Kyle Coble of Griffith, Indiana, was first and chose Blind 15, a road blind.

“There are a lot of birds,” he said. “You see all kinds of things there. You may not always get anything, but at least you have to go hunting.

This is its heart.

Strahl said 71 cards were entered (some downstate draws have thousands).

“A lot of fresh blood,” she said.

Illinois Hunting

Applications for Archery Deer Hunting at William Powers must be in email to Strahl by August 15. For applications, go here huntillinois.org/sites/william-w-powers-sra,

stray cast

While taking the sculptures into town, carriage “The Picasso” – Spanish artist’s shrug – Chicago – to Burnham Harbor, then dump it east of Northly Island as fish cover.

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