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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.

Illinois Outdoors


A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Illinois hunting and fishing

The best drop tine buck so far

November 02, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Well we’ve got an official entry for the best drop-tine buck spotted so far in the 2008 season. This one comes out of Lawrence County in Ohio and reportedly grossed 240 inches green-scored. The buck was shot on Oct. 27.

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Wild things

November 02, 2008 at 01:43 PM


Number of high schools registered for the first Illinois High School Association state bass fishing tournament.

Tree stand winner

Jason Waldschmidt of Pontiac has won a free Lone Wolf Tree Stand from Prairie State Waldschmidt won an Elite Hang On stand valued at $249. He was selected at random after submitting a story and picture about a 10-point Livingson County buck he shot on Oct. 8.

Drawings for more stands will be held in November, December and January. To enter, visit and submit a story and picture from any hunting season.

Bass registration brisk

More than 200 schools have registered for the first Illinois High School Association state bass fishing tournament.

Local schools signed up include: Richwoods, Peoria Christian, Woodruff, A-C Central, Astoria, Illini West, Canton, Cuba, IVC, Dunlap, East Peoria, Elmwood, Eureka, Farmington, Galva, Illini Bluffs, LaSalle-Peru, Deer Creek-Mackinaw, Bureau Valley, Metamora, Fieldcrest, Morton, Pekin, Pontiac, Roanoke-Benson, Tremont and Washington.

The first bass fishing final is May 8-9 at Carlyle Lake. Sectional sites will be announced at a later date.

Tip of the week

Friday is the final day to apply for firearm and muzzleloader season deer permits. Apply online at

Outdoors answers

Q: “Can you tell me if there is a boat launch or horsepower restriction at Little Sister Lake (in the Fulton County Camping and Recreation Area)?”
— Roger Chester, East Peoria
A: Yes there is a boat launch at the lake and boaters are limited to using trolling motors only. You can have a gas motor on your boat, though. To learn more call (309) 668-2931.

Fur flying

Furbearers should take cover this week. Raccoon and opossum hunting and trapping seasons open Wednesday in the North Zone. Also fair game for trappers are beaver, skunk, weasel, mink, muskrat, fox, coyote and badger.

For those looking to sell furs, Kickapoo Creek Supply will pick up pelts on Nov. 8, 29 and Dec. 13 and 27 at Presley’s Outdoors in Bartonville (1:30-2:15 p.m.) and at American Sports in Havana (3:30-4:15 p.m.).

Critter corner

In the wilds of Illinois in November…
Lesser scaup migration occurs.
Whitetail deer rut peaks mid-month.
Does enter first estrus period.
Peak for deer-vehicle collisions.
Peak of crow migration.
Brood turkey flocks break up.
Young turkeys form “jake” flocks.
Most doves en route to wintering areas along the Gulf Coast.
Winter birds, such as juncos, tree sparrows and purple finches, arrive.

This ‘n that

The latest class of whooping cranes being led south by ultralight aircraft reached their final stop in Wisconsin on Wednesday and should be in Illinois for the next few weeks. ...  L.L. Bean is opening a new store Friday at the Westfield Old Orchard mall in Skokie.

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