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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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Life ruining goose hunt

December 17, 2007 at 01:27 PM

These geese are killing me. In the past three days I’ve seen thousands of geese and I still have not bagged one. Today was the closest chapter yet in what has become the ultimate wild-goose chase.

While the geese did not fly Sunday morning, I headed back to the field this morning hoping they might change their pattern. Dense fog did not help any. Nor did a dentist appointment at 11 a.m. Frustration.

Eventually, though, a few flocks did fly this morning. The first birds showed up at 10:30 a.m. And as I attempted to head for the dentist office, they kept coming. I was hunting with the Farmer and Aaron Naumann of Elmwood. They did not have a dentist appointment and were more than content to stay in the field. I stuck it out as long as possible, but finally had to head back to town. Frustration.

Before I left we had a few flocks work us, but none finished and they all stayed behind our layout blinds. Frustration. All of which means, they should be flying any minute. Now I sit here, facing the prospect of picking my son up from school at 3 p.m. while the geese I’ve been pining for are out there sunning themselves in the same cornfield I hunted this morning. Frustration.

What to do. All of this because some geese (including specklebellies) have decided to feed in a field for which I have permission to hunt. Frustration.

Hmmm, maybe they’ll fly early and I can squeeze in a hunt before school lets out. Sounds like a plan to me.

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