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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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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Wild Things 1-24-10

January 24, 2010 at 01:48 AM

14.50

Cost in dollars for an Illinois resident fishing license in 2010, an increase of $2. Your 2009 license expires March 31.

Rice Lake meeting

After decades of talk, long-awaited water control improvements at Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area may finally be moving past the discussion phase. But first, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Banner Village Hall.

The Corps will outline a plan that includes new pumps, improved water transmission ditches and water-control structures, tree planting and levee improvements for Rice Lake, Big Lake and Duck Island.

“Waterfowl management is water management,” site manager Bill Douglass said. “This would help us get the water off and in a more timely fashion to help manage for waterfowl.”

Word is the feds could spend as much as $11.8 million on this Environmental Management Program project. Illinois already paid its 35 percent share by purchasing Duck Island.

Did you know?

Bows and crossbows accounted for more whitetail deer entered in the Boone and Crockett Club’s record books for 2007-09 than did shotguns or muzzleloaders.

Eyeing crows, coyotes

With most hunting seasons closed or soon to close, diehard hunters have fewer options to keep busy. Among the species that can still be hunted are crows and coyotes — both of which will be the focus of events next weekend.

On Saturday, Central Outdoors has a coyote contest out of Burnzee’s Bar and Grill in Brimfield. Then on Sunday Presley’s Outdoors is holding its Crow-A-Thon. Cost is $20 per two-man team. Check in by 4 p.m. Pre-register at Presley’s or call (309) 697-1193.

Peoria area’s first show ahead

Next weekend also brings the first major outdoor show to the area. The Fish and Feather Expo runs Friday through Sunday at Bloomington’s Interstate Center.

Bass pro Mark Davis is the headliner in a seminar schedule that includes catfish angler Ken Freeman, crappie guide Steve Welch, smallmouth bass guide Jonn Graham, bass anglers Jerry Martoglio and Jim Crowley. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Sunday, Jan. 31. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6-12 and 5 and under are free.

This ‘n that

Reports of hunters finding shed antlers have started trickling in, including one Peoria County rack with 15-inch G2s. ... Chicago Bassmaster Classic winner Woo Daves is one of five tabbed for induction to the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame this year. The others are FLW Outdoors founder Irwin Jacobs, former BASS pro and worm-fishing innovator John Powell and journalists Steve Price and Tim Tucker. Tucker and Powell are deceased.

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