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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 12-17-09

December 17, 2009 at 03:17 PM

Eight days to Christmas? Are you serious? Help.

FROM Larry Dozard of East Peoria:

“Listening to some hunters, reading blogs and reading articles some would think that deer numbers must be low with very few doe deer out there. However, a few of us do not agree as we have had more deer encounters on the roads this fall, we have seen more deer in what we would call herds this year and still have on Dec. 12.

“I myself saw more deer during these firearm seasons than in the last three years and all of these deer sightings were doe.

“Some hunters I know who hunt in low land areas could not access or hunt their spots due to flooding or mud.

“I agree with your article on Sunday that Just because some do not see deer does not mean numbers have declined.

“We hunt on a friend private ground in Southern Illinois in Pope County, just south of the Saline County line with the Shawnee National Forest on three sides and have been going here since 1963. This area is awesome and is where it all started but deer hunting here can be more challenging with the heavily timbered areas, thickets, very few crop fields or open areas, very few food plots and several thick pine tree patches. Since the government land is popular for those not wanting to give in to outfitters, we see lots of orange anytime we get near forestry roads.

“But even with all this I have taken many deer, some great does and real nice bucks.

“One point you hit on was with many hunter out in the woods scouting so much, the deer are patterning hunters. Nowhere is this more obvious than near public areas, in fact, once we discovered this and we now do not hit woods till opening day and hunt areas we or others have not been. We also use the movement of those coming into or out of there stands to pattern deer ourselves.

“Another point you mentioned was the lack of check stations and we can only say “You Bet” as we hear stories of many deer that are not reported.

“Lastly, I too want to say with experience that the Illinois DNR Deer Management people are dedicated and working hard to keeping our deer population at a manageable level and we appreciate their efforts.”




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