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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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Deer population control, in Canada

January 20, 2009 at 07:38 AM

Ours is not the only government entity grappling with what it sees as an overpopulation of deer.

Here’s a short story from the Toronto Star. Note the spelling of favorable.

Expanded fall deer hunt proposed in Ontario

TORONTO - The Ministry of Natural Resources wants to expand the fall deer hunt season to control an exploding population.

In the past decade, says wildlife adviser Christine Curley, herd numbers have increased by as much as 25 percent in some areas.

She says deer are thriving because of more favourable winters, old farm fields growing back into young forests and other factors.

Curley says more deer equals more road crashes and crop losses so the ministry wants to add 22 new hunting regions and longer hunting periods.

For example, says Curley, an area that has a two-day season could be expanded to seven days while one-week seasons would double.

The ministry says deer reproduce quickly and one healthy herd can almost double its numbers during a favourable year.



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