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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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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Forget the work, it quit raining

April 13, 2009 at 09:40 AM

So much for working hard all day. It quit raining. The turkeys might be gobbling. Time to go see.

UPDATE: Well, I’m wet, tired and smiling. No, I did not shoot a gobbler. But I heard them. And saw one in a nearby field. And the forecast for the rest of the week looks much better than today. All in all, I’m thrilled to have stayed home early and gone out one the rain slowed. That’s one of the advantages of hunting close to home.

My hunt today started in depressing fashion as I drove past the same 30 turkeys on a different property that have been taunting me for the past week. They are in the same little clump of woods all the time and show no indication they plan to leave any time soon.

But after not hearing a bird on one side of the property (closest to all those taunting turkeys), I walked to the other side of my hunting spot. That’s where I finally heard and saw a gobbler in an open field, albeit on another neighboring property. At least that gives me hope for the morning.

Even seeing a bird across a fence was sure better than sitting home and working. Incidentally, I talked to at least four other turkey hunters who sat out today’s rainy opener and another who, like me, waited for the rain to let up to head out. No word on any kills yet, though I’m sure there will be several.

Good luck to all of you out there.

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