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Buck shots: Better than depressing 2009?

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I found 2009 a depressing year in Illinois and Chicago outdoors, but I also clutched pieces of hope, here and there.


One of those glimmers of hope was a new feature started inadvertently by readers, Buck of the Week: Unplugged, the celebration of the live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, city and suburbs.

Bill Peak started the idea by sending a photo of a buck at Hegewisch Marsh this fall and many others joined in. On Sunday, he sent the above photo, taken at Powderhorn.

As befits the end of the year, I took a look back at a down year for outdoors around here--booted Gov. Blagojevich, Kurt Granberg, the Great Fish Kill--in my column on the outdoors page of the Sun-Times on Wednesday.

I did find some hopeful signs, Gov. Quinn, new IDNR director Marc Miller, the IHSA statewide bass fishing championship, the apparent spike in sales of fishing licenses, and a continued strong interest in the outdoors, even for suburban/urban people, as evidenced by the many BOTW: Unplugged photos and stories.

Even so, I am not greatly encouraged for 2010.

BTW, if you have a submission for BOTW: Unplugged, send it to If looks like feature will run well into the winter.

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This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on December 30, 2009 8:51 PM.

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