Big buck live, stinkhorn, ruffed grouse, goals vs limits in the for notes on Chicago outdoors

Big buck live at IBSP, a wildly named stinkhorn (look it up), ruffed grouse data and goals vs limits are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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A big buck at Illinois Beach State Park.

Provided by Eddie Pasiewicz

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors.
BUCK OF THE WEEK: UNPLUGGED
Eddie Pasiewicz photographed this big buck late afternoon on Oct. 16 at Illinois Beach State Park south section. It’s good reminder that it is that time of year when bucks are wandering about with one thing on their minds. BOTW Unplugged, the celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs as apt in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Send nominations to @BowmanOutside on Twitter or Instagram, or message Dale Bowman on Facebook or email BowmanOutside@gmail.com.
WILD TIMES
FILM
Friday-next Saturday, Nov. 1-2: ``Timeless,’’ looking over 70 years of ski cinematography and looking toward the future, Park West theater, 7:30 p.m., warrenmiller.com
FISH GATHERING
Wednesday: Oct. 30: Max Wilson, ``Walleye Tournament Tactics for Weekend Anglers, Walleyes Unlimited, Gurnee American Legion, 7 p.m., walleyesunlimitedusa.org
ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS
Today, Oct. 27: Fall shotgun turkey season ends
Monday, Oct. 28-Feb. 28: Crow season
Next Saturday, Nov. 2: Pheasant, rabbit, quail and partridge seasons open
Nov. 2-3: South-Central zone youth hunt
Through Nov. 3: First Canada goose season, central zone
DALE’S MAILBAG

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A stinkhorn, one with a particularly interesting name, was found growing in the Chicago area.

Provided by William Kushnerik

``Your column on mushrooms . . . here’s one growing at my house and it has horrible odor.’’ William Kushnerik
A: That is a stinkhorn. I do enjoy the names, scientific and colloquial, of fungi. That particular stinkhorn has a particularly interesting name.
BIG NUMBER
29: Percent of ruffed grouse in the West Nile virus surveillance project in Wisconsin that had confirmed or likely antibodies to WNV. It is first year of this study.
LAST WORD
``I think most people interpret or, interchange the word, `limits,’ with the word `goals.’ The word limit is restrictive, while goals is positive and motivational. Just how the human mind works.’’
Dave Holmquist, making a good distinction on how the human brain works in reaction to my column on limits in fishing and hunting.

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