Buck of the Week, unplugged: Chicago outdoor notes

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Led by BUCK OF THE WEEK: UNPLUGGED, Sunday notes from the Sun-Times outdoors page.

FIELD NOTES

BUCK OF THE WEEK: UNPLUGGED

“[I] saw this split-dropped tine bruiser near the Des Plaines River in Cook County [on Jan. 23],’’ Diane Lilliputian tweeted.That buck (above) gives split tines a living illustration; also it is getting late enough into winter that shed hunters are already out looking for shed antlers.

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 (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

Feb. 27-28: Essex, (815) 458-3568

EAGLES

Saturday:Eagle Day, Emiquon Preserve and related other locations, free, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (309) 547-2730

BIG NUMBER

1.7: Millions of acres that Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters worked in 2015 in more than 12,700 wildlife habitat projects with more than 35,000 landowners.

LAST WORD

“You may know that my husband, Kurt Justice, hand writes this report, which I then type. While joking around during typing the bluegill section, I asked him `How do you know a single spike from a married spike.’ He replied, `The single spikes are smiling.’ ‘’ Christy Justice, from Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua, Wis.


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