Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
BUCK OF THE WEEK: UNPLUGGED
In late February, on the way to the store, Bill Peak found this fine buck still holding antlers in northwest Indiana.
Buck of the Week: Unplugged, a celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (email@example.com).
Message: “As TC would say, `Fishermen are their own worst enemies.’ ‘
Luis Gonzalezcommenting and sending a photo of trash at a fishing spot
A: “Olson Johnson is right.’’ (To borrow from one of my all-time favorite movies.) I mean Gonzalez. BTW, TC signifies Saul Lipsistic, the mythical observer and protector of the Chicago-area fishing.
9: Sturgeon heavier than 140 pounds speared during Wisconsin’s sturgeon-spearing season, which ended Feb. 26 on Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes
“Anglers urged to pull ice fishing shelters before deadlines – or ice gives way!’’
Headline to a notice by the Wisconsin DNR on removing ice-fishing shelters early after the record February heat
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March 11-12: Bridgeview, (708) 594-1818 . . . Oak Forest, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 16 & 18: Mundelein, (847) 918-6145
March 25-26: Chicago, http://carryinillinois.com/hunter-safety-course.html . . . Ingleside, email@example.com
April 1-2: Hainesville, (847) 223-5700
Monday, March 6: Oswegoland Fishin’ Fools Meet & Swap, Allied First Bank, Oswego, 7 p.m. fishinfools.org
Wednesday, March 8: Paul Beran on spring strategies for finicky Geneva Bass, Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8: Mike Hulbert on Lake St. Clair, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 9: Capt. John “Rocky’’ Mannerino on Illinois River and Heidecke Lake, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 9: Deadline, fourth lottery, spring turkey hunting
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Today, March 5: Final day, Northern Illinois Boat Show, Lake County Fair Grounds, Grayslake
Wednesday-next Sunday, March 8-12: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin Exposition Center, West Allis, Wis.
Friday, March 10: F.O.P Sport & Fishing Show (prizes, raffles, booths), Bourbon Street, Merrionette Park, $25.00 includes dinner and drinks, 7-11 p.m.
Friday-next Sunday, March 10-12: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center
Friday-next Sunday, March 10-12: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
Next Sunday, March 12: Quad County Hawg Hunters’ Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Plano American Legion, (815) 286-7170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, March 10: Golden Corridor dinner, Seville Banquet Hall, Streamwood
Saturday, March 11: South Suburban dinner, Glenwoodie Golf Club, Glenwood
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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Friday, March 10: Cook County Turkey Baggers banquet, Chicago South Elks Lodge, Crestwood
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