Chicago outdoors: Sunday notes & BOTW: Unplugged

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Led by Wild of the Week, Sunday notes from the Sun-Times outdoors page.



Marcus Benesch,who contributes the regular fishing report on the Des Plaines River, photographed this big buck after it came out of the Des Plaines River last weekend.

BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page when apt. Send nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or by email (



Thursday: Bobby Baits rep, Fish Tales Fishing Club, Oak Forest Community Center, 7 p.m.,


Friday-next Sunday: First firearm deer season

Through Nov. 24:Hunters may apply online for site-specific permits for designated IDNR Special Hunt Areas for the Late-Winter and CWD Deer Hunts,

Through Dec. 1:Resident hunters may apply, first lottery, spring wild turkey hunting,

Through Dec. 6:Remaining firearm and muzzleloader deer permits available over-the-counter


E: “Best opening day in about five years: 12 roosters. Hunted five different farms in Livingston and Ford counties. We saw more than 50 pheasants and a covey of quail. Also waxed three coyotes. Not too shabby for Illinois.’’ John Saban

A: Some credit goes to rapid crop harvest, virtually finished statewide. That’s a throwback day to the 1970s.


3,100: Advanced growth walleye fingerlings (5 to 7 inches) stocked in Wolf Lake at Hammond on Saturday in the 18th annual Perch America Walleye Stocking.

The $5,000 came from BP, Hammond Port Authority, Lake County Fish and Game, Calumet Harbor Sport Fishermen, Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet and fishermen.

That makes 114,000 fingerlings stocked.


“[Beaver Island] has become a global destination for carp. People come from all over the world. They get upset when they catch a 3-pound smallmouth [bass].’’

Capt. Austin Adduci, of Grab Your Fly Charters, at The Early Show last weekend, on guiding summers around Beaver Island 

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