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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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Youngster scores big NoDak buck

September 29, 2009 at 06:37 AM

Here’s another out-of-state BBD. This one is a reported 203-incher out of North Dakota shot by an 18-year-old.

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Snake and bass in death grip

September 28, 2009 at 02:45 PM

Matt Buedel of the Peoria Journal Star snapped these photos of what looks to be a water snake and a bass at Banner Marsh.

Buedel said the snake survived with his assistance, but the fish was long gone.

I’m betting the snake hit at the fish, which opened its mouth and then clamped down, causing some problems for the snake.

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German Long-haired pointer club

September 28, 2009 at 08:11 AM

Add another German import to the list of versatile hunting dogs.

This breed is the German Long-haired pointer, whose breeders have started a club to handle registry of their breed. Here’s a full release from the club.

German Long-haired Point Club established

MOSINEE, Wis. - To make the versatile German long-haired pointer an even better dog for North American bird hunting conditions, a new organization was founded this spring. The goal is to bring together the breed’s best traits from wherever it is found across Europe and this continent.

The German Long-haired Pointer Club of North America has established its own registry for this breed characterized by its setter-like coat of brown and brown/white combinations, feathered full tail and strong desire to hunt, track and retrieve both upland game and waterfowl.Illinois hunting and fishing

In addition to the best of the breed from its German homeland, the new club will incorporate the best bloodlines from Scandinavia and England to produce a driven, yet cooperative and affectionate bird dog to better fit North America’s variety of unique bird hunting conditions, says Del Peterson, GLPCNA president.

Peterson, who first imported the breed to North America in 1974 and has been hunting a myriad of game birds over it ever since, says due to the changing landscape of Germany, German breeders have been emphasizing larger and more aggressive dogs for forest big game hunting, such as red stag and wild boar.

The new club will select for upland and waterfowling attributes, as well as biddable companions that interact well with handlers and other dogs. The club will continue to adhere to a demanding German-style field testing system and physical confirmation examination, including hip certification, to ensure breeding quality control.

“The ability to incorporate dogs from Scandinavia and England will also allow us to expand the gene pool here in North America and make these highly-sought after dogs more available to dedicated bird hunters,” said Peterson, who lives in Yakima, Wash.

The GLPCNA is adamant the dogs be tested to evaluate both instincts and trainability. The tests will examine the dogs’ searching, pointing, retrieving and tracking on uplands and water.

For more information on German long-haired pointers and the GLPCNA see the club’s Web site at or contact club secretary Cortney Schaefer of Mosinee, Wisc. at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (715) 457-2145.

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Wild Things 9-27-09

September 27, 2009 at 02:57 PM


Mimimum inches required for a typical deer rack to qualify for the Pope & Young Club record books. The non-typical minimum is 155 inches.

Duck permits

Permits for state duck and goose hunting sites were mailed out last week. If you did not apply or did not receive a permit, starting Tuesday you can call (217) 524-6514 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to apply for remaining open areas and dates.

Those who want a second permit can start calling Oct. 8.

The state is also issuing permits for this year’s youth waterfowl hunt at Banner Marsh Oct. 24-25.

Bait shop adieu

Old Man River Bait and Tackle Shop in LeRoy is closing and selling off all its gear by next Sunday. Victoria Tackle Shop is for sale and, barring a buyer, will also be closing its doors.

So it goes for small bait shops across Illinois and the rest of the country. They can’t compete with larger stores, so they fold.

When they do, we anglers suffer. Oh sure, we save a few dollars buying gear at chain stores. But tell me, when is the last time you visited a Wal-Mart at 6 a.m. to buy minnows?

Outfitter busted

Pike County deer outfitter Michael Pavlick of Golden Triangle Whitetails was fined $15,000 and guide David Van Milligen was fined $5,000 for violations of the Lacey Act.

In November of 2006 the outfitters allowed a New Jersey hunter who had an antlerless-only firearm tag to kill a 12-point buck. Van Milligen then falsely reported he killed the deer and Pavlick later transported the buck to another state.

Arrow affliction

As if shooting her first buck with a bow wasn’t enjoyable enough, Jodi Barnes of Glasford (above) may see her North Dakota mule deer hunt televised this season on Arrow Affliction, the hunting show hosted by her fiancee Chris Brackett. Barnes was on the ground when she shot her buck from 18 yards.

The new season of Arrow Affliction debuts Monday on the Sportsman Channel at 6:30 a.m. and is replayed Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Fridays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Birding bits

Despite wet weather, bluebirds produced the same number of fledglings as last year in nestboxes tended by “Bluebird Herb” Unkrich of Edwards. Overall he had 147 nests, 647 eggs, 521 hatchlings and 482 fledglings in 2009. The rate of 3.2 fledglings per nest is the same as in 2008.

Unkrich’s last nest fledged around Sept. 9. Unkrich offers to turn in nest reports for any other bluebird enthusiasts in the area. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

“Peoria County is fourth in the state. I would like to make it third,” he said.

Did you know?

According to a biologist who obviously had lots of free time, a single quail will eat 56,430 bugs and 5.3 million weed seeds in a year.

This ‘n that

The deadline to submit nominations for the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame was extended to Oct. 16. Visit or call (217) 785-2003. ... Wildlife artist Bart Kassabaum of Princeton speaks next Sunday, Oct. 4, during the Putnam County Historical Society’s fall program at the Ag Museum in Hennepin at 1:30 p.m. . ... Parts of Comlara Park will be closed Thursday through Nov. 11 for the archery deer hunt.

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Big cat sighting in Elmwood

September 27, 2009 at 02:06 PM

Not really. But if things don’t change soon, real soon, it looks like I might have to deal with a cat in my life once again.

Last night a few friends were over and talk turned to cats. Just when I said we might have a cat again some day I heard meowing on the deck outside. Well, I picked up a broom to go shoo whatever cat was visiting. But after a few swats, I saw a cool pattern on the side of the cat. “Looks like a bull’s eye,” my wife said. Sure does. Made me think of some cats I’ve encountered while quail hunting that also had bull’s eyes on them, but that’s another story.

Anyway, we went to bed and I was sure the cat would be out of sight. No such luck. There Bullseye was in the morning, meowing up a storm. Even let me pick her up and pet her. Tthen the dog got wind of the situation and chased her up a tree. Eventually she escaped and ran off. I figured that was the last time we’d see her for sure.

So off we went to Mass. The boys were hoping the cat would return. I had mixed emotions. On the one hand, I hate cats. On the other hand, I kind of like cats.

Well, when we returned home, my wife had a sheepish look on her face and the baby Boo Boo was squealing with delight somewhere inside the house.

“Where’s the cat?” I asked.


Opening the door I got my answer. There was Boo Boo, playing with Bullseye, throwing a little ball for the cat and laughing his head off.

So if you lost a cat with a bull’s eye on its side in Elmwood recently, please let me know. And soon. Otherwise it looks like the Lampe family will grow again.

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