Chicago outdoors: Jimmy Carter, backyard buck, fishing stuff, sturgeon

A backyard buck, Jimmy Carter and fly fishing, family fishing stuff and perspective on Wisconsin’s 2020 sturgeon spearing come in notes around Chicago outdoors.

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A backyard buck in Lake Barrington. Photo provided by Brian DeKoatz.

A backyard buck in Lake Barrington.

Provided by Brian DeKoatz

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Brian DeKoatz, of Lake Barrington, emailed, ``Here’s a couple of BOTW submissions from our trail cam at our feeder and heated bird bath.’’ That’s knowing I love trail cam photos and big bucks.

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, to Dale Bowman on Facebook or email



March 28-29: Dyer, Ind., (219) 515-2197


Thursday, March 5: North Shore dinner, Kenilworth Club. Contact Scott Martin, (312) 961-2908, or Jon Rick, (773) 771-4974

Friday, March 6: Central Kane County dinner, Riverside Receptions, Geneva. Contact Bob Walker, (630) 234-8497, or Phil Eggen, (815) 482-3999


Friday, March 6: Tallgrass banquet, The Orland Chateau, Orland Park. Contact


Saturday, March 7: About Boating Safely, Waukegan, Curt Schumacher,


Wednesday, March 4: Lake Michigan fisheries workshops (first of three around the area), Michigan City (Ind.) City Hall, 6-8:30 p.m.


Click here for the master list of shows, swap meets and seminars.

Wednesday-Sunday, March 4-8:Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, West Allis, Wis.

Thursday, March 5:Midwest Musky Club’s Mega Raffle Fundraiser, Village Sportsman’s Club, Alsip

Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8:Northern Illinois Boat Show, New Lake County Fair Grounds, Grayslake

Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8:Illinois Taxidermist Association convention, Decatur Hotel & Conference Center

Saturday, March 7:Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School

Saturday, March 7:Illinois Smallmouth Alliance’s Bronzeback Blowout, Elmhurst American Legion

Saturday, March 7:Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc.’s annual banquet, Schaumburg Golf Club

Sunday, March 8: Quad County Hawg Hunters’ Fishing Flea Market, Plano American Legion, or 815-286-7170


``My 80-year-old father has Alzheimer’s and he has collected a vast array of fishing stuff these past few years. The majority of it is unused with a lot of it still in the packages it came in. My mother and I would like to donate the stuff and see it go to a few different organizations that promote fishing to young people.’’

A: Contact me if you are interested. This is more than just cleaning out the garage.


51st: Ranking, out of 80 years of records of the 491 sturgeon speared on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin during the 2020 season. Total harvest for Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes was 811.


``But at the same time, fly fishing to me opened up just a new panorama of challenge, because you have to learn the intricacies of streams, of currents, of water temperature, of different kinds of fly hatches, how to tie your own flies, which you wouldn’t ordinarily do in other kinds of fishing.’’

Jimmy Carter, the only president who was an expert fly fisher, quoted in the New York Times, May 4, 1991.


FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2018 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter answers questions from students during his annual town hall with Emory University freshman in the campus gym in Atlanta. Former President Jimmy Carter has been granted tenure at Emory University in Atlanta at age 94. The university announced on Monday, June 3, 2019 that Carter earned the distinction after serving as University Distinguished Professor for the past 37 years. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) ORG XMIT: GAATJ501

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