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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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Canada goose season is over

January 31, 2010 at 09:05 PM

The marathon that is Canada goose season is over.

And not every living creature is happy at that news.

On Saturday I kicked a goose shell loose in a corn field. When I picked it up, about 14 field mice scattered from a grassy nest they had built. The mice looked dazed—not unlike the hard-core goose hunters I know. They’ve been hitting it hard for months now and can use some time off.

Myself, I gave up on the honkers weeks ago after too many depressing hours in the cold and mud.

And true to form last night, a big flock of birds passed just out of gun range over my house as they headed north.

Damn geese.

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