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DALE’S MAILBAG

Q: Can you tell me when the either-sex
firearm over-the-counter tags [for deer hunting in Illinois] for 2011 are available for sale? —Julie

A: With all the changes in permits in recent years, it is difficult to keep track of all the application dates. Over-the-counter sales begin Oct. 18. The first lottery already ended. I received my permit earlier this month. The deadline for the second lottery is Aug. 15.

Updated: October 29, 2011 12:36AM



BUCK OF WEEK: UNPLUGGED

‘‘I didn’t know if you would accept these because they were taken last December,’’ Sharon Hedgren e-mailed. Oh, after last week, a snowy nomination for BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, is welcomed. ‘‘We live a couple of blocks from the Illinois River,’’ the Channahon woman e-mailed. ‘‘The does have their fawns in a thicket about 75 feet from the back of our house.’’ E-mail BOTW: Unplugged nominations to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

BLIND DRAWS, ETC.

Ducks Unlimited will hold various raffles at Oak Point State Park in Antioch beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday as part of the state waterfowl-blind draws. Contact Brad Metz at (847) 732-3825 or Jack Fields at (847) 274-3958. .  .  . Saturday is the draw for public waterfowl blinds at most northern sites: Chain O’Lakes StatePark and Redwing Slough/Deer Lake State Natural Area, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, Kankakee River SP and Momence Wetlands, Mazonia SFWA, Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area, Sinnissippi Lake and William Powers SRA. .  .  . Draws for Illinois River sites and most other Downstate sites are next Sunday.

WILD TIMES

FISH MEETING

Wednesday: Walleyes Unlimited, 7 p.m., social night at Fox Lake American Legion Grounds, walleyesunlimitedusa.org.

PADDLING/BIKING

Saturday: Pedal & Paddle, 10 a.m., 4.5-mile ride on the North Side and 4-mile paddle on the Chicago River. Make reservations at (773) 704-2663 or e-mail info@chicagoriverpaddle.com.

BIG NUMBER: $30,000

Money raised by the ‘‘Friendly Float,’’ a trip down the Chicago River on July 9 by Chicagoans and Team Leinie, to help protect the waterway. Jake Leinenkugel, the president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., announced the extension of Leinenkugel’s Facebook fund-raising campaign for Friends of the Chicago River.

THE LAST WORD

‘‘Last night was the best. I pulled out back-to-back [7-pound catfish] right in front of a party of people who were picnicking and just enjoying the weather. Cats love the hot weather.’’ ~ “Catfish Dave’’ Bradigan, on catfishing last Sunday on the Kankakee River



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