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BUCK OF THE WEEK: UNPLUGGED

Kevin Wheeler sent this photo his son Mike took with his cell phone at St. Paul Woods in Morton Grove. ''We have been driving through these woods for years looking at the countless deer that visit these feeding grounds,'' Wheeler said. ''Our record for counting deer in the open fields at St. Paul Woods is 67 on one late afternoon after school a few years back. The deer seem to be so used to people in these woods that we hardly even seemed to matter to this buck.'' Send BOTW: Unplugged nominations to outdoordb@sbcglobal.net.

WILD TIMES NORTHERLY ISLAND MEETING

Thursday: Presentation of plans for Northerly Island and an open house, The Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan, first floor, 6:30 p.m. The Chicago Park District, Jeanne Gang from Studio/Gang/Architects and JJR will present.

BASS UNIVERSITY

Saturday to next Sunday: Marriott Chicago O'Hare, thebassuniversity.com.

ICF SCHOLARSHIP

Tuesday: Deadline to apply for the three Illinois Conservation Foundation Conservation Achievement Scholarships, ilcf.org/documents/YouthSchlrshp2011final.pdf.

ILLINOIS SEASONS/PERMITS

Today: End of first Canada goose season, south zone.

Monday: End of woodcock hunting.

Wednesday: Deadline for spring turkey permits, first lottery. ... Opening of second Canada goose season, south zone.

Thursday to next Sunday: Second firearm deer season.

BIG NUMBER

1,957Deer harvested during Illinois' first firearm deer season in Pike County, making it the top county. Adams was next with 1,741.

THE LAST WORD

"Folks who don't "get" what we do feel free to openly criticize us. That comes from the false mind-set of the anti-hunting culture we live in. One prominent premise -- the idea that taking the life of an animal is wrong -- is primally flawed. To deny that hunting is innate for humans is just perverse. We are nature￯﾿ᄑs top predator. Period. It￯﾿ᄑs absolutely fine to act like it. Even better if we￯﾿ᄑre good at it, and best when we share our skills with others. No reason to redirect that energy. It￯﾿ᄑs good to be what we are." Matt Vaccarello, faithful reader, with the gist of his extended response to Frank Keating￯﾿ᄑs anti-hunting rant last Sunday. I posted Vaccarello's extended response on Stray Casts. DALE'S MAILBAG

E: ''I was on a series of construction sites [on Tuesday] and kept hearing and seeing the cranes. I hunt them in [North Dakota].''

Bruce

A: Tuesday was a memorable day for sandhill cranes around Chicago and the suburbs. I have said before, I think the migration of sandhills has replaced Canada geese as the surest sign of the change from fall to winter.

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