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DALE’S MAILBAG

Q: Assuming the board gets [its] way and closes the majority of [Oak Forest Hospital], what do we need to do to convince our board president to transfer the rest of the land to the forest preserve district? Only a portion of it is slated to be saved, while the rest is up for sale. They have to realize that opportunities to expand the district in Cook County are very rare. You and I both know the quality of the deer that live there, not to mention the geese and other animals that currently use that parcel.’’

— Matthew

A: One of the two second-biggest bucks I ever saw was hit on 159th, just outside hospital grounds. I tend to agree with Matthew, though I wonder whether the land is valuable enough that a more significant swap could be engineered for more acreage.

Updated: September 24, 2011 12:22AM



WILD OF THE WEEK

Dave Ketelsen sent this photo of his ‘‘little girl Jordan’’ with a frog she found in the pond by their home in Batavia and used to scare her mother, Mary. It made me smile. Until photos and stories start arriving for Buck of the Week, the celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, we’ll run Wild of the Week. E-mail nominations to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

June 25-26: Wilmington. Registration begins after 5 p.m. Monday. Call (815) 723-1978.

July 8-9: Geneva. Call (630) 845-0505.

July 15-16: Hoffman Estates. Registration begins Monday. Call (630) 645-0400.

July 16-17: Gurnee. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday. Call (847) 856-1229.

ARCHERY TOURNAMENT

Saturday: 900 Metric 60-50-40 meters, Lincoln Park Archery Club, Lincoln Park. Practice begins at 9:30 a.m.

WATERFOWL OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday: Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area hunter check-in station, 5-8:30 p.m., Wilmington.

FISH GATHERING

Thursday: Capt. Ralph Steiger on Lake Michigan smallmouth, 7 p.m., Fish Tales Fishing Club, 15450 Oak Park Ave., Oak Forest.

PADDLING

Today: Final day, Aurora Paddlesports Festival, Phillips Park, Aurora. Go to aurorapaddlesportsfestival.org.

ILL. PERMITS/SEASONS

Tuesday: Applications begin for the first lottery for free dove permits (residents only).

Wednesday: Bullfrog season opens.

BIG NUMBER : 5

‘‘Gorgeous and adventure-filled forests within a 30-minute drive of some of America’s most exciting food destinations,’’ as identified by the Forest Service. They were Cibola National Forest, Albuquerque, N.M.; Gifford Pinchot NF, Portland, Ore.; Arapaho NF and Roosevelt NF, Boulder, Colo.; Sam Houston NF, Houston; and Pisgah NF, Asheville, N.C.

THE LAST WORD

‘‘The warmer weather has also forced the strings of joggers along the lake paths to decrease the coverage of their apparel. A nice added bonus.’’ ~ Ed Schmitt, lakefront perch fisherman, on the advantages of the summer weather last week



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