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Buck of the Week: Chicago's Southeast Side

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Bill Peak is the guy who originally sparked the idea for Buck of the Week: Unplugged.


This is his latest.

He thinks it is the same buck he sent other times.

I think it is worth going through the sequence of what is likely the same buck. I have seen sequences of bucks from trail cams, but Peak does his photos live on this buck at Hegewisch Marsh on Chicago's Southeast Side.


Let's begin with the buck that was the original BOTW: Unplugged, the start to the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors on Nov. 2, 2009.

A wonderful buck, I might add.

The July 4 BOTW: Unplugged was from Peak too, who sent this note:

I saw this guy [velvet shot above] at the Hegewisch Marsh last week and believe that he's the same one [two shots below] that I saw there last year. If he is I hope to have a good picture for you come October.

OK, it is December and not October, but I think he is right.


These last two photos are from earlier this year. I think we are talking about the same buck.


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BOTW: Unplugged tops the Field Notes on the outdours page of the Sun-Times on Sundays when bucks are around.

FYI, I will likely discontinue posting BOTW entries here. The Sun-Times main web site has been redone and they are posting the photos and explanations online there.

However, I may continue posting ones like this where I want to do longer or more photographic explorations or explanations.

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