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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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Many states trying to kill more deer

March 11, 2010 at 05:43 PM

Illinois is hardly alone in attempting to kill more deer during hunting seasons.

Seems every day brings a new story from some Midwestern state referring to legislation that would sell more permits, extend seasons or do both.

Here’s an example from Nebraska.

Neb. lawmakers fire off deer-reduction bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A measure designed to reduce what some say is Nebraska’s costly and dangerously large deer herd is off and running.

On Thursday, lawmakers gave first-round approval to a bill (LB836) that would allow the secretary of the state Game and Parks Commission to extend deer seasons by issuing executive orders.

Owners of at least 20 acres and members of their immediate families would also have an unlimited number of free permits to kill does during special seasons set to pare the herd in some regions. Also, hunting could occur within 100 yards of a home or livestock feedlot. The current limit is 200 yards.

The bill would also allow the state to issue permits to landowners to kill mountain lions.

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