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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Ahh to be young again

March 24, 2009 at 06:58 PM

Brett Beck of East Peoria spent last weekend on my kind of a date.

He and girlfriend Alice Grady of Trivoli went fishing one day at a pond near Eureka and shed hunting the next day in Fulton County. It’s my kind of date for several reasons: 1. It would be fun, 2. Girls always got the better of me, too. And judging by the pictures Beck submitted, Grady more than held her own.

On her second day of bass fishing she caught and released this chunky bass on a pumpkin seed Venom tube. It was her first cast.

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Illinois hunting and fishing

Then on Saturday the couple went shed hunting. Yep, Alice found a shed.

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The way I figure this, Brett faces a dilemma. On the one hand he has found a young lady who seems to enjoy the outdoors. That’s a good thing. But she might also be a natural at this hunting and fishing stuff. In other words, she might be the one bringing home the big fish and the one who kills a big buck that winds up at the taxidermist. Not every guy can handle that.

But that’s putting the cart before the horse a bit. For now, we hope Brett and Alice can just enjoy the outdoors dating scene.

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