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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 8-23-09

August 23, 2009 at 06:37 AM


Number of state endangered or threatened species found in Peoria County.

Archery program growing

One success story out of Springfield is the growth of Illinois’ National Archery in the Schools Program. Program manager Dave Cassens said the number of schools competing in organized archery has doubled in the past four years to more than 120.

Another 10-20 schools are on the waiting list and need only to have a teacher pass the necessary certification course. Richwoods and Metamora are two of those schools that should soon be offering archery.

Part of the appeal of NASP is its affordability. Thanks to funding from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Wild Turkey
Federation, schools can obtain targets, netting, bows and arrows for as little as $700.

Click here to learn more or call Cassens at (217) 785-7742.

Did you know?

Head count at the DNR is down from 2,600 in 1999 to 1,300 today and more than $150 million has been swept from DNR-related funds in the past eight years.

You speak

“(The Emiquon Preserve) is incredible. I grew up in Peoria and spent all my fishing time in the strip mines and a little time at Banner Marsh. 

“Living in Florida for 20 years has spoiled me. There are some lakes down here where the numbers and size have spoiled me, but I’ve never seen anything like Emiquon. 

“We had a couple of pretty windy days, but still caught 110 one day and 82 one afternoon. My dad (Dan Cebulko) fished there a lot — his best day is 175 by himself. He called (recently) and said he anchored in one spot for seven hours and caught 160. 

“The real cool thing is that the bass are growing — he’s seen bass grow from three-quarters of a pound in the spring to over 1 pound. There should be some nice 2- 3-pound bass by next year if they can police the ramp and keep folks from taking fish home.

“I haven’t been back to Peoria for about five years, but I’ll definitely try and get back regularly if the lake can stay healthy.”

— Tim Cebulko, Jacksonville, Fla.

Outdoors answers

Q: “I was wondering if there are any laws concerning shooting a cougar in Illinois? Two different people I have talked to have seen them I am a deer hunter and there’s a possibility I might see one. What is the law?”
— Norm Eggleston

A: At present there is no law in Illinois protecting cougars. To legally take a cougar, also known as a mountain lion, a hunter must have permission from the landowner. But do not mistakenly shoot at a bobcat, which is protected by state law.

Kudos corner

Central Illinois shooters fared well at the Grand American Trapshoot in Sparta. Ron Piro was the A winner in the 2,500 championship for all events after breaking 2,366 targets.  Piro was also the senior veterans winner in the 100 singles during the preliminary week of shooting.

Other winners during prelim week were Ken Franklin in D division 200 and Super 500 singles and Mike Dennis in C 500 doubles. Dave Dressler was second overall in 200 singles, Dennis was second in C division 100 doubles and Franklin was second in D 100 singles and in the Super 500 Handicap for 18-20 yards.

During the Grand week, Ed Barnabee was second in C division for the Doubles Class Championship.

This ‘n that

Youngsters age 15 and under can bank fish the Emiquon Preserve on Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon in a designated area as part of a Thompson Lake Festival. Fishing equipment will be provided.


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