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Jeff Lampe
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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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I give up on the geese (for now)

December 17, 2007 at 06:12 PM

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The geese win. After three days of trying, I have concluded I’m not destined to bag one of the many birds that have been feeding around the Elmwood area. Not without trying, as is obvious in the picture above from this afternoon. Shown above are Brian Rushing and Aaron Naumann of Elmwood, along with Rushing’s 4-year-old Lab, Buck. We got after them again this afternoon. I had to leave early to pick up kids from school, but there were no birds in the air that I could see. all we encountered were a few honkers safely tucked away in strip pits. This was only a small portion of what we’ve been seeing, so where the bulk of the birds feeding around here are roosting is unclear.

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What makes all this frustrating to me is that there are specklebellies around, too. Illinois OutdoorsI’ve never shot one and would love to see one close up. Rushing shot one Sunday evening (while I was at the boy’s basketball practice) and also had two nice Canadas. At right is young Jake Rushing, who spent some time in the field with us (without a gun, maybe next year). All in all, that’s goose hunting. If you go three times you should have chances to kill birds on one. We had chances today, not real good chances, but we couldn’t make it happen. Plus, I learned that hunting from a layout blind is not easy. It’s hard to hear wingbeats and not be able to see the birds.

Maybe next week everything will come together.


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