Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
BUCK OF the WEEK: UNPLUGGED
Bucks are dropping their racks, but this one, photographed by Chuck Fisher in McDowell Grove in Naperville, already had lost his last fall. Apparently, it didn’t hurt the buck’s attractiveness. ‘‘Saw it later in the winter,’’ the Naperville man e-mailed. ‘‘He was with three does.’’ E-mail nominations for BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, to email@example.com.
Places and faces
Braidwood, the cooling lake in southwest Will County, reopens to fishing Tuesday. Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. for the first couple of weeks. . . . On Wednesday, a 163.5-pound, 73.6-inch sturgeon was registered during the Lake Winnebago spearing season in Wisconsin.
Saturday-next Sunday: Schaumburg, (847) 995-0200.
March 8, 10, 15, 17: Burr Ridge, (630) 920-1969.
March 12-13: Momence, (815) 388-3853.
Friday-next Sunday: Lake Home & Cabin Show, Schaumburg Convention Center, lakehomeandcabinshow.com.
Saturday: Joe Cornwall headlines Illinois Smallmouth Alliance’s Bronzeback Blowout, Elmhurst American Legion Hall, illinoissmallmouthalliance.net/html/blowout.php.
Saturday-next Sunday: Great Outdoors Expo, Woodstock North High School, greatoutdoorsexpo.net.
Ducks unlimited banquets
Thursday: North Shore, The Kenilworth Club.
Friday: Central Kane County, Riverside Receptions, Geneva.
Monday: Crow hunting ends.
Tuesday: Youth spring-turkey county permits available.
big number : 35