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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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Duck hunters fretting about ice

November 20, 2008 at 03:56 PM

As if the below-average duck count wasn’t enough cause for worry, now waterfowlers must fret about ice.

Some clubs had one-half inch of ice already this week. By this morning some will be frozen solid.

Also troublesome is Tuesday’s survey showing 184,780 ducks on the Illinois River — more than 100,000 below average. The count of 140,300 mallards is nearly 70,000 off normal. Top totals were at Douglas Lake (50,000) and the Emiquon Preserve (48,895).

Things are slightly better on the Mississippi River where the count of 256,695 is only 10,000 below average.

A positive note for waterfowlers is that white-fronted geese are fair game starting today in the Central Zone. Several flocks have been flying over Fulton County this week. But you’ll have to wait until
Monday to target Canada geese in the Central Zone.

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