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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 snake in the dark

July 20, 2010 at 05:28 AM

Don Osborne sent in this picture of a memorable deer hunt near Allenville.

Writes Osborne, “One morning when I was going to my stand before daylight I stepped on something soft and it started to coil around my leg. After the dance that followed the snake was D.O.A. Not my intention, just the result of panic and surprise. On the way out I took a picture of it. The bow was 36 inches long.”

Can’t wait to walk out to my stand this Oct. 1.


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It took me a season to get over the blair witch project - hopefully this one will be forgotten!

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