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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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Would a hunting governor help?

November 06, 2009 at 06:15 AM

I was just reading a story about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty going deer hunting this weekend for the Seventh Annual Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener.

Similar hunts are held in South Dakota (pheasants) and Kansas (pheasants). Makes me wonder if something like that would help in Illinois?

The real question, I guess, is would we have a governor willing to hunt. I think Pat Quinn would be willing, but he may not get another opportunity after this fall.

The way I see it, a Governor’s Hunt could raise money for the DNR.

Just a thought. The Minnesota event is sponsored by the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association in cooperation with Explore Minnesota, the DNR and the community of Thief River Falls.

That gets me to thinking about another thing: Why isn’t there an Illinois Deer Hunters Association? Hmmm…


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