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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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The teal have arrived

September 07, 2009 at 02:12 PM

Saturday marked the first time in years that I saw out a teal season opener.

There just didn’t seem to be a compelling reason to go sit in the marsh. While bird numbers were above average on the Illinois River, all those blue-wings were sitting at the Emiquon Preserve, where hunting is not allowed.

Closer to home, The Farmer scouted Snakeden Hollow and saw only one wood duck. My cruising through strip-mine country came up empty, too. Plenty of geese, but no teal.

So I sat home. But no longer. Sometime in the past 24 hours, teal have arrived in central Illinois. The Farmer saw them while fishing at a strip-mine club near Toulon. He heard a hunter shoot at some at Snakeden. I just saw a flock of 20-30 a few minutes ago in strip-mine country here.

And then when I popped on the e-mail, there was a picture of Drake Whitehurst, Garrett Whitehurst, Dennis Whitehurst, and Adam Mottaz who killed nine teal today after a flock of 40 came into their goose decoys outside of Yates City.

Needless to say, I will not be sleeping in and getting the kids off to school in the morning.


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