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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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Lots of dead deer in the fields?

October 05, 2009 at 02:21 PM

I spent part of this morning brushing my ground blind, which was way too darn visible. Now the thing blends in well. If I can figure out a good way to get the bow drawn inside, I might even have a chance to shoot something should it walk past.

Another part of my morning was spent hearing stories of two deer stuck with arrows that got away. One was a buck, one a doe. Both were shot by experienced hunters. Both hunters tracked blood trails hard and long to no avail. Which makes me wonder: With all these standing crops expected to be around for at least another month and likely much more, how many deer will wind up dead in the fields?

Not a happy thought, I know.

On a happier note, I did see a farmer hauling grain wagons out to a field. I’m going to get really excited when I see a combine in action.

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