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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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Illinois hunting and fishing

Wild Things 3-15-09

March 15, 2009 at 05:24 AM

A month to remember

Poring through stacks of paper the other day I came across a fascinating note from the late Leon Zedric (pictured above). The letter to former Journal Star outdoor scribe Jack Ehresman contained details of Zedric’s bass fishing in March of 1991.

From March 10 through 31, Zedric caught 14 bass weighing 6 to 8 pounds. All but one hit on a jig and pork trailer. Most likely all were caught from shore, since Zedric was famous for wandering the banks of strip mines near St. David.

The note also included this bass fishing tip: “In early spring look for bass at the upper end — near or in the old creek channel and shallows in the northwest corner where sunlight and protection from the wind is greatest. Fish a slow sinking bait. I prefer 3/16- or 5/16-ounce jigs.”


Number of boat trailers in the Spring Lake parking lot on March 6. Who says muskie mania is not alive and well in Illinois?

Wild on the Web is awarding four $50 cash prizes to anglers age 15 or older who submit photos before Oct. 31.

Birding bits

The question comes every year about this time? When should we put out hummingbird feeders? No doubt must hummer watchers have a set date in mind.
For those who don’t, the Web site offers a map showing where the amazing birds are in their migration. Based on the maps, most ruby-throated humminbirds start arriving in Illinois in the last week of March or the first week of April.

Outdoor scholarship

High school seniors who enjoy the outdoors can apply for the $200 Donnie Hall scholarship from the Toluca Sportsman’s Club. Applicants must submit a 400-word essay on why they enjoy hunting, fishing or other outdoor activities by May 1. Send essays to: Toluca Sportsman’s Club, P.O. Box 447, Toluca, IL 61369. For more details call Jim Clanin at (815) 228-9695.

Macomb outdoor show

Familiar outdoor speakers Tim Wells, Steve Welch, Jim Crowley and Dan Vinovich will appear at this weekend’s Macomb Outdoor Expo at Western Hall. Buckmasters scorers will also measure deer heads for no charge.

The show is Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and next Sunday, March 22 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Admission is $2 and children 13 and under free. Call (309) 833-2121.

Kudos corner

Former Washington resident Illinois hunting and fishing
Dennis Minor is the Ducks Unlimited 2010 International Artist of the Year, an honor he also won in 2000. He won for his painting, “Beam’s Creek.” Minor lives in Lacey’s Spring, Ala. but still has family in central Illinois.



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