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WWW Chicago outdoors: Peace on earth

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The Christmas spirt is everywhere, even in this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.

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I even cut this odious rodent of the backyard a break Christmas Eve and didn't splatter it with an ice ball as it savaged the suet feeder.

Merry Christmas.

NAVY PIER PERCH: The strong winds have been predominantly southerly, so that shouldn't knock out the holiday perch bite at Navy Pier. I didn't make it down myself this morning and haven't heard back yet from anybody else.

YOUTH PHEASANT HUNTS: There's a pair of youth pheasant hunts on Saturday. For overall information, go to dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/controlled_hunt/youth.htm. One is at Des Plaines CA in Wilmington with check-in from 7-8 a.m. . . . The other is at Kankakee River SP in Bourbonnais with check-in from 8-8:30 a.m.

ICE FISHING? It's out in southern areas, and I am not sure yet about northern spots either, after the overnight weather.

EAGLE WATCHING: If you happen to be in the St. Louis area for the holidays, this might be worth noting. On Monday-Tuesday: there's Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette SP near Grafton at 8:30 a.m. Reservation are required--(618) 786-3323. I have not done this, so I can't say how it is, but I love Pere Marquette park.

PERSONAL PICKS: I'm savoring the holiday. We may get in a hike somewhere today, if the weather breaks at all, to work up an appetite. . . . Since we are home for the holidays this year, I was hoping to try for my first Christmas Kankakee River smallmouth (Ed Mullady put the bug in my ear about that some years back), but this is not the kind of conditions where I will be mucking around the edge of a swollen river. . . . I may try lakefront perch again, see if we are bopping around in the vicinity. . . . On Monday, I was debating making the trek to Powerton. But I'm not sure if I am that desparate. . . . More likely is cleaning up my basement tackle/hunting room and prepping for the outdoor show season. Yes, the Chicago Muskie Show starts the season two weeks from today.

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Peace on Earth???

Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."


~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/

Also see Gary Yourofsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagt5L9wXGo

Boy, never realized Christmas greetings ignited such passion.

I'm thankful that, as a human, I'm (usually) at the top of the food chain. Here's to a well cooked meal after a successful hunt, cheers!

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