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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

Wild Things 3-9-08

March 09, 2008 at 04:07 AM

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Percent cut in Department of Natural Resources staff since 2001 according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

48 Booners at Classic

A hunch that this year’s Illinois Deer & Turkey Classic featured plenty of Boone and Crockett Club qualifiers was proven correct when totals were announced earlier this week.

Show organizer Glenn Helgeland said 48 of 605 deer measured at the show qualified for the Boone and Crockett Club’s record books and another 190 made the Pope & Young Club’s standards. Of this year’s 48 Booners, 20 were bow kills, 19 were firearm kills, one was a muzzleloader buck and eight were taken by unknown means.

The percentage of Booners this year (7.9 percent) is similar to past years: 2007 7.4 percent, 2006 7.6 percent and 2005 8.9 percent

“So there were a lot of nice deer at the show, but there usually are a lot of nice deer at the show,” said measurer Tim Walmsley, who was more surprised by the unusually high number of deer entered from previous seasons.

Did you know?

More than 51 million people ages 6 and older in the U.S. fished in 2006 according to the Outdoor Industry Association.

Outdoor scholarship

The Toluca Sportsman’s Club offers a $200 scholarship in memory of Donnie Hall to high school seniors who enjoy hunting, fishing or other outdoor-related activities. Applicants must submit a 400-word essay by May 1 to the Toluca Sportsman’s Club, P.O. Box 714, Toluca, IL 61369. Or call (815) 228-9695.

Outdoor answers

Q: “I read the article about all the red-tailed hawks in our area. I have also seen quite a few. But I am actually writing to ask about the little hawks you see on power lines in almost the same numbers as the red tail. They are small birds (comparatively), about the size of a pigeon. Do you know the name of this bird?

“I counted 12 from Peoria to Farmington (last) Saturday and actually saw two sitting together in one spot. I’ve asked a couple of my friends and they don’t seem to know either. I want to call them a sparrow hawk, but doubt that’s right. I have seen them on occasion perched on a power line with a field mouse in their claws.”

— Roger Woodcock, Farmington

A: Those birds commonly known as sparrow hawks are American kestrels, the smallest falcon found in Illinois. They can be commonly spotted on fenceposts and power lines.

Tip of the week

Monday is the deadline to register for random daily drawings of spring wild turkey hunting permits in Illinois. Visit www4.wildlifelicense.com/il/ to apply. Hunters with one or even two permits are allowed to apply in the random drawings.

New CWD county

Chronic wasting disease has spread to Stephenson County, as that northern county had one of the 24 new cases of CWD discovered in sampling from last deer season. Biologist Paul Shelton said the deer likely roamed to Stephenson County from core infected areaa in Winnebago and Boone counties, where Illinois’ first CWD case was found in 2002.

Winnebago County had 10 new cases since last fall, while Boone had seven and northern DeKalb six. Results are pending on more than 2,000 additional samples.

This ‘n that

Ruby-throated hummingbirds have started to arrive in Gulf States of the U.S. ... Starting April 1, anglers at Lake Shelbyville will be allowed five crappie under 10 inches as well as 10 crappie over 10 inches.

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