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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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Why I love Iowa

November 08, 2008 at 11:08 PM

At some point this afternoon, Iowa was busy upsetting Penn State in a college football game.

Which has nothing at all to do with why I love the Hawkeye State. Because at the same time the Hawkeyes were winning, my buddy Springer and I were also winning. We had wandered into the Lampe Marsh in norhtwest Iowa on a 30-degree day with 30 mph winds and had no idea what to expect.

After seeing 25 or more pheasants and shooting three of those birds in the high winds, my love for our neighbor state only intensified. There are birds in Iowa. And grass. I guess there’s even a football team here. Not that I care.

After leaving the private Lampe Marsh, we ventured into a public area filled with grass and open to hunting on a come-as-you-want basis. We saw birds again. I saw four hens and one rooster (far off). Springer saw a few hens and two roosters, including one at close range. He can explain why he missed. The point is, there’s grass here and birds here. And that’s why I love it here.

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