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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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Longer SoDak pheasant season?

March 10, 2008 at 09:38 PM

According to the Associated Press, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission is considering adding almost a month to that state’s popular pheasant hunting season.

In recent years the season has ended on the first Sunday of January. But a proposed rule change would extend the season to Jan. 31. Opening day this fall is Oct. 18.

A vote on the proposal is expected April 3-4 when the wildlife commission meets. Biologists say a longer season would not have much impact on pheasants.

“This is not a biological issue. We know we have the birds out there. It comes down to the social end of it,” said Tom Kirschenmann, game program administrator for the state Game, Fish and Parks Department.

Apparently the South Dakota department got numerous calls from people asking for a longer season or higher bag limit.

Can you imagine that? Not here, of course. But it would surely be nice to live in a state where there were so many roosters we could contemplate lengthening the season.

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