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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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Open Blog Thursday 10-29-09

October 29, 2009 at 06:26 AM

What’s the excuse this time, you ask? Do you really need to ask? Help.

FROM Mike Hussong of Normal:

“Congratulations on your first blind. A great source for cover this time of year is levee grass. Cut it with battery operated hedge trimmers, then duct tape into bundles and either nail or wire the bundles to the blind. This works especially well around the shooting holes and avoids the eye-poking willow branches.”

FROM Les Davenport

“Just to let you know: Editor Duncan Dobie has turned in his resignation at North American Whitetail. He will stay on only through the transition to a new editor. Duncan was the best thing they ever had. He was the only one who had the balls to tell it like it is. I’m dropping my subscription to NAW in protest! Tell your friends about this sad day in the deer-hunting world.”

FROM Ken Ingram of Chillicothe:

“It is fun to read of your time spent outdoors with your children. Such opportunities are so fleeting yet must not be missed and the recounting of these adventures will become family lore.”

FROM Julia Prior in Lewistown:

“Windbreaks have been used for many years to stop cold winter winds, to reduce noise, and for aesthetics. To help you gain information about this topic, the telenet Working Windbreaks will be offered on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Fulton County Farm Bureau meeting room, 15411 N. IL 100 Hwy, Lewistown, IL.

U of I Extension educator Dave Shiley will discuss how to properly design, plant, and maintain a windbreak for maximum benefits.  Tree species, spacing, and weed control will be included in the discussion.

The fee for this event is $10 with a $5 discount for Farm Bureau members, Master Gardeners, or HEA members. 

To register for the program please contact U of I Extension-Fulton County at 309-547-3711 or register on line at by November 10th to assure receipt of hand outs.  If you are actively involved in harvest and wish to place your name on an “I’ll be there if it rains” list, please contact the office by phone.”



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