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Dale’s mailbag

Q: ‘‘I’ll miss the fishing show [at Rosemont], but you have to wonder if it was overpriced. Look at the prices for the golf show at Rosemont: free round of golf for everyone through the door, free balls first 500, free year Golf Digest subscription. [And $5 Friday tickets, $10 on weekend.]’’ Paul Emlund A: Emlund touched on a strong point. A line was crossed when the base ticket for the former America’s Outdoor Show went to $15 in January. On a broader level, I think the days of the big outdoor show may be over in Chicago.

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



BUCK OF the WEEK: UNPLUGGED

Fred Kuchta took this photo for BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks, at a forest preserve in LaGrange Park on Feb. 10. ‘‘I remember reading an article on antler sheds,’’ the Brookfield man said. Hope he enjoys the shed column today. His might be the last BOTW: Unplugged until the summer.

famer BANQUET

The Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet is March 26 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Inductees are Thomas C. Dunstan, Dr. David Kenney, Bob Long Jr. and Ed Mullady. Contact the ICF at (217) 785-2003 or go to ilcf.org.

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

March 16 and 19: Oswego, (630) 636-6000

March 19-20: Gurnee, (847) 856-1229 . . . Ringwood, (815) 338-6223

DU BANQUETS

Thursday: South Suburban, Glenwood Oaks, Glenwood. Contact Wally Klopp at canadagoose1@comcast.net.

SHOWTIME

Wednesday-next Sunday: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis., jsonline.com/sportsshow.

Friday-next Sunday: Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, canoecopia.com.

Saturday: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows High School, sponsored by the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters and the RMHS Choral Boosters, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., muskiesinc.org/chapters/03/indoorfishingfleamarket.asp.

FISH GATHERINGS

Tuesday: Indiana guide Bill Bennett, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters, Park Ridge VFW, 7:30 p.m. Contact Dean at (847) 677-0017 or dlrosset@sbcglobal.net.

Thursday: Capt. Mel Christensen on Lake Delavan, Riverside Fishing Club, American Legion Hall, LaGrange, 7 p.m., riversidefishingclub.com.

ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS

Wednesday: First day for random daily drawings, spring turkey permits.

big number: 52

National forests created in the last 100 years since the Weeks Act. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed a proclamation Wednesday recognizing the centennial celebration of the act, which led to the creation of nearly 20 million acres of national forests.

the last word

‘‘I have never seen anything like it. I can pull up almost anywhere and knock the teeth out [of the crappie]. Any jig with chartreuse in it is catching fish.’’

Jason Johns, guide for Todd Gessner Outdoors, on outstanding crappie fishing at Rend Lake



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