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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

Welcome back to the blog

December 13, 2007 at 08:20 PM

It’s been a wild few weeks here in the Scattershooting world. Computer problems. More computer problems. Then a lack of respect for the value of blogging.

Finally, here we are, back where we belong. After a brief hiatus, Scattershooting is back. I’d like to say the blog is better than ever, but that’s a lie.

Gone, for now, are profiles of our regulars: Flathead, Farmer, Chef Todd, The Head Worm and Hawkeye. Gone is Chef Todd Sez. Gone is the listing of classic outdoor stories from the Peoria Journal Star archives. Gone is more than 18 months of entries and pictures.

Some think none of that matters. I disagree. In the months to come we will work to restore some of the missing features. For now, we’re going to start from scratch with this blog and get things up and running in a hurry. After a few days of vacation and more than a week of blog inactivity, I feel some entries brewing inside. Look out. Though they might not be worth much, here they come.


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Here’s a nice weekend project

December 13, 2007 at 08:01 PM

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On the same day the computers and database went bad back on Dec. 3, I posted an entry with this picture and a long explanation about the guy who built this floating gazebo. All that is lost now. And all I can recall is that he was going to build a gazebo on a dock and decided he’d be better off to make it a floating gazebo. Anyway, I think it’s a neat idea.

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How I spent my vacation

December 13, 2007 at 07:26 PM

In case you wondered, I took three vacation days this week. Here’s what I accomplished:

  • Shot a few quail today at Double Cluck Farms near Canton. It was icy, cold and windy and my shooting was once again poor.  But with the help of hunting mates Mike Kepple of Peoria, Scott Strode of Canton and Art of Canton, we bagged four birds. At least the dogs performed well. Kepple’s dogs Red and Jake had some nice points and so did little Hawk. Red is a pointing Lab who showed nice form on a covey of quail and on a few singles. Wild to see a pointing Lab. Also wild to see the quail and pheasants running so much in the cold and ice. Are they ever going to hold tight?
  • Pondered how long the Duck Creek Power Plant will be off line, and whether there’s any chance the lake will freeze and drive geese south. We saw some huge flocks of what appeared to be snow geese or ducks today flying east out of Duck Creek. Neat sight. There are also geese all around Elmwood and I’ve been hearing them overhead most evenings lately. Goose season arrived just in time for frozen out duck hunters.
  • Set up a bunch of upland game hunts to make up for the end of a good duck season. While some are griping about a lack of cooperative birds, I had a great duck season. Thankfully this year we even got into some working mallards that responded to the call. That was my personal highlight of the waterfowl campaign so far.
  • Butchered deer with the help of Flathead. We’ve got enough venison steaks and chunks for stew to keep the Lampe clan eating for months to come. Nice to have all that meat in the freezer.
  • Shipped some photos of whooping cranes off to the Belleville News-Democrat for a story on the birds being in Clinton County. Turns out it was only a brief stay, as the birds were carted to a safer place in Tennessee.
  • Started repair work on the walls in a bedroom that the youngest son will move to when our baby arrives (hopefully in late January). Yep, there’s another little Lampe on the way. Heaven help us all.
  • Wrote a Christmas letter that included one son referring to snot as “nectar.”
  • Shopped for Christmas presents.
  • Slept. Thank goodness. Now it’s back to work. And hunting. And no more sleep until Jan. 21 when we hang up the blaze orange and head into a deep, deep depression.
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