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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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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Open Blog Thursday 12-24-09

December 24, 2009 at 06:47 AM

If you read this space regularly, you know there’s no way I’m working on Christmas Eve, unless you count goose hunting as work. Help.

FROM Randy Kampwerth of Edwardsville:

Any way you can write an article about buying lifetime hunting and fishing license in Illinois?  I just bought a lifetime hunting license for my sons (Paul, 8, and Joel, 5) just a few weeks ago. It’s a lot cheaper now ($210) to buy a license before the new price kicks in when they official raise the hunting license from $7 to $12.  Plus this money is suppose to go in some DNR trust fund.

“I think if anyone is ever going to buy a lifetime license, now is the time before the price goes up next year.

FROM Donnie Manning of East Peoria.

“I was on my way to work in my truck heading south on County Highway 6, one-quarter mile off Illinois Route 9 near Canton when a cougar ran across the road.This occurred two and a half years ago,at about 6:45 a.m. It was during the summer and plenty of sunlight. We were working on the ethanol plant.They are big cats! I would agree that there have been more unreported sightings.”

FROM Wesley D. Sedrel of Peoria:

“Read with interest your article about the cougar shooting in Iowa. You are probably aware of the dead cougar that was found in December ’04 close to New Boston (about 40 miles south of the Quad Cities.  It had been shot, they estimated, two days prior to being found.

“At Thanksgiving ’04 I saw a dead cougar by the side of 480 where it loops west of Rock Island.  At first I thought it was a deer until I saw the tail, and then the mask. It was no longer there on my return trip later that day.  I’m sorry I didn’t report it because some souvenir collector probably got it. Or, perhaps it was just napping (alongside the freeway!), woke up and wandered south.  The rest is history.

“Also, about 36 years ago a co-worker in Des Moines thought he had spotted a cougar on his farm by Winterset (about 50 miles south of Des Moines, birthplace of John Wayne.

I grew up in Rock Island. When I was a kid in the ‘50’s there were rumors of “panthers” in the bottom lands where the Rock & Mississippi meet. We adjudged the people who gave these rumors credence to be nuts. Now years later I wonder if there was some truth to the rumors (that stretch of I-480 goes right through the aforementioned bottom land.) I still think the people who gave credence to those rumors were nuts.”

FROM Matt Staser of Brimfield:

“Can you add our coyote contest to the events column in the news paper? 8th Central Outdoors Coyote Classic, January 30th, 2010, Hosted at Burnzee’s Bar and Grill in Brimfield, 2 new Predator Rifles for winning team plus other great prizes. One day hunt, no pre meeting.  Applications must be received by Jan 22
View for more info and application.”

FROM Kevin Monk:

“I was hoping to get some ink in your upcoming events column. It certainly helped the attendance at our range day in June. The ISRA is sponsoring two Women on Target classes at Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club this year. The classes are Jan. 30th and Feb. 27th from 8:30 to 3:30. The classes are for women from 16 years and older. No experience required and no FOID is required. Handguns, ammo and lunch will be provided. Cost is $40.00 per student. Classes are limited to 24 students. To register for the class call 815-635-3198 and talk to Lori at the ISRA, or they can call Kevin at 309-443-5339 for more details.”




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