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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.

Illinois Outdoors


A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Wild Things 8-24-08

August 24, 2008 at 04:53 AM


Number of gray partridges shot by hunters in the 2006-07 season.

Poison in Peoria

As if snakes and other slithering critters weren’t attractive enough, the Central Illinois Herpetological Society has added another feature to its 17th annual reptile and amphibian fair next weekend.

For the first time the fair at Lakeview Museum will include an extensive display of venomous reptiles. Bringing the poison to Peoria is Rob Carmichael, curator of the Widlife Discover Center at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday, Aug. 31. Admission is $2. Call (309) 682-6208.

Did you know?

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are so light you could mail eight of them for the price of a 42-cent postage stamp.

Sportsmen favor McCain

According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 sportsmen by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, John McCain holds a 14-point lead over Barack Obama in the presidential race.

Asked who they would vote for in November, 45 percent of the sportsmen polled picked McCain and 31 percent tabbed Obama. And 74 percent said they would prefer to elect a president who owns firearms.

No blue-tongue yet

Whitetail deer in Illinois have so far caught a welcome break from disease this summer. Thanks to wet, temperate weather, reports of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in the deer herd have so far been minimal. That’s a far cry from last year when EHD, or blue tongue, hit hard in at least 28 counties.

“I hadn’t expected a whole bunch (of EHD reports) given the weather conditions and it staying as wet as it has through this period,” said Paul Shelton, forest wildlife manager for Illinois. “And after a fairly large outbeak last year we’ve probably got more resistance to it out there besides the weather factor.”

Wild on the Web

If you’ve got an interest in the outdoors around St. Louis, in Missouri or in southwest Illinois, writer Teak Phillips has a new outdoor blog that’s well worth a visit.

Outdoors answers

Q: “Why does Illinois have a gray partridge season? Has anyone killed one in the state in the past year 10 years? If not why don’t we have a sage grouse season?”
— Glenn Eberhart, Carlyle

A: Here’s an answer courtesy of upland game manager John Cole. who said the last in-depth analysis was for 1999-2004.

“Hunter effort and harvest was concentrated in Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee and Whiteside counties. Overall 308 hunters reported expending 1,125 days hunting gray partridge and harvesting 135. During the same period, 285 birds were reported in Will and McHenry counties. Most are harvested incidental to pheasant hunting,” Cole said.

“Gray partridge were more abundant in the past but numbers were never very high in Illinois. They appear to be at the southeast limit of their range in north-central Illinois.”

This ‘n that

  • Monday is the last day to apply for the second lottery for fall shotgun turkey hunting permits.
  • Iowa is considering establishing statewide limits of 25 crappie and 25 bluegill for anglers on all public waters.
  • Kenny Major of Pekin and Dan Kearney of St. David were anglers of the year for this year’s Bass 25 Peoria circuit.
  • Looking for another largemouth bass spot? Consider a trip to Duck Island gravel pit south of Rice Lake, where bass numbers are much improved.



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